(Carrollton, GA) – Down by four with ninety seconds to go, the Bobcats found themselves in the thick of a NJCAA Region XVII dogfight with rival West Georgia Tech Saturday night in Carrollton, Georgia.
However, late turnovers by the road warriors and above-average shooting from the region’s leading scorer in Demontray McCormack led to a tough road loss to the Golden Knights, 82-70.
“We have to do a better job of having mental discipline on the court,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “One thing is for sure, though. The other coaches in this region know we are no easy out.”
McCormack, a 6-5 sophomore from Biloxi, Mississippi, led all scorers with 26 in the win over the Cats. Going into the intermission, Georgia Northwestern (6-8, 0-3) trailed by a bucket, 41-39. “We held the lead early the second half,” said Stephenson. “We just couldn’t close this thing out.” West Georgia Tech improves to 6-10 overall and 2-0 in the region.
Making headlines on the Bobcat roster was 32-year-old freshman Andre Towns. The 6-5 forward from Dalton, Georgia saw his playing time increase as he cleaned the glass for 11 boards, rejected a pair of Golden Knight shots, and dropped through eight points. “We tried a lot of rotations on the court in the first half,” said Stephenson. “Andre is one of the reserves who earned his way into a bigger role.”
Bobcat sniper Ben Patton (Dade) led all Georgia Northwestern scorers with 19.
Four-of-nine shooting from behind the arc helped him make his mark on the road. Sophomore captain Matt Woods dropped in a dozen and in perfect fashion. Not
counting a three-point attempt which missed its mark, Woods was a perfect six-of-six from the field.
Georgia Northwestern came back from double-digit deficits twice, once in the first half and again in the last twenty minutes of play. Adding a new angle to the Bobcat attack was the activation of previously red-shirted freshman Brandon Pratt (East Hamilton). “This was his first game in uniform and he’s going to be a good fit,” said Stephenson.
The Bobcats play a pivotal game Tuesday night in Rome at the Winthrop-King Centre on the campus of Shorter University. They’ll take on Southern Crescent Tech in another important Region XVII match-up. “With just seven weeks to the region tournament, every game is huge,” said Stephenson. This game, as well as a Lady Cats match-up as the nightcap that night, is part of the Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness event.
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In the opener Saturday night, Lady Golden Knight Cherish Evans would lead all scorers as the host would play spoiler dropping the Lady Cats 61-46 in Carrollton, Georgia.
Georgia Northwestern guard Kenisha Watkins would suit up for the first time in the road loss leading all Lady Cat scorers with 14 on the night. The 5-foot-2 Lilburn, Georgia native was activated at that break to join the program as they head through region play.
West Georgia Tech (7-9, 2-0) would hold only a five-point lead going into the break. However, the breaks would go the way of the Lady Golden Knights in the second stanza as they would pull away to pick up the Region XVII win.
Georgia Northwestern (1-9, 1-2) will take on Southern Crescent Tech on Tuesday night at home. For more information on Bobcat Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (70) – Pratt 3, Towns 8, Matt Woods 12, Hill, Jr. 6, Dempsey, Ben Patton 19, Alex Miller 11, Bud Todd 11.
West Georgia Tech Golden Knights (82) – Demontray McCormack 26, Blair Austin 13, Randalezzo Chaney 14, Demario McMath 12, Jarquavious Ware 10, Moore 7.
Halftime: 41-39, WGTC
Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (46) – Daughtry 4, Cole 5, McGee, Mia Morrow 10, Kenisha Watkins 14, Philpot 8, Williams 5.
West Georgia Tech Lady Golden Knights (61) – Dickerson 2, Keshimi 18, Cherish Evans 22, Ebonie Harris 15, Grant 4.
Halftime Score: 22-17, WGTC