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Bobcats Close Out Season At Emory, Prep For Tournament Run

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats Have To Make Run To Earn Bid

 (Oxford, Georgia) – Less than two weeks away from a shot to make history, the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats wrapped up their regular season on the road in Oxford, Georgia Friday.

Injuries and illness left the Bobcat roster depleted in the season closer as they faced Emory-Oxford, the NJCAA Region XVII’s pre-season number one. The home team opened fire from three-point range and never let off the trigger shooting a jaw-dropping 73-percent (11-of-14) from beyond the arc in a 99-45 loss for the Cats.

Reserve center Andre Towns (Dalton) was out for the contest with a stomach virus. Starting center Bud Todd (Trion) severely sprained his ankle in the second half.

The Bobcats were noticeably impacted on the scoreboard putting up 18 fewer points than their season-average of 63 points each outing. “We have a lot of healing to do and a lot of mental preparation before the region,” said Georgia Northwestern Men’s Head Basketball Coach David Stephenson. “We are down to an eight-man roster for this thing. We have no choice but to be at the absolute top of our game. And, be able to do it for forty full minutes.”

Eagles guard Alex Ordu is among the region leaders in scoring with 14 points per game. However, Georgia Northwestern (4-19, 0-8) held the 5-foot-10 Lithonia, Georgia native to just nine points on the night. With the absence of Todd and Towns at the center spot for the Cats, it would be Emory sophomore Evan Dunwoodie who would make up for Ordu’s scoring drought. The 6-foot-5 sophomore would battle down low for a game-high 23 points.

Justin Dempsey (Ruleville, MS) would lead the GNTC road effort with 13 points. The 6-foot-3 freshman swing man for Stephenson has seen his role increase as the season has went on. Long-range specialist sophomore Ben Patton (Dade) would drop in a dozen. Freshman Alex Miller (Gordon Central) would contribute 11 in the regular season finale. Sophomore point guard Matt Woods and Todd would both swat three shots each.

What Georgia Northwestern would have to do to earn an automatic bid in the NJCAA Post-Season Tournament is not unprecedented in our area. This year actually marks the ten year anniversary of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School earning a bid into the GHSA Post-Season. In February 2002, the Warrior boy’s squad, entering their region tournament with a below-par 6-19 mark, would make a historic run earning them a spot in the GHSA State Tournament.

Friday, March 2 will serve as a play-in game for Georgia Northwestern at the NJCAA Region XVII Tournament. The tournament win receives a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament and would move on to district play in North Carolina. The Bobcats play-in game opponent is Southern Crescent Tech from Griffin, Georgia. The Tigers beat the Cats at The RAC at home by three in overtime during the regular season. The Cats would fall by four at Southern Crescent late in the season.

“This is a game we can win and that’s how we need to look at it. One game at a time,” said Stephenson. The NJCAA Regional Tournament takes place March 2 – 4 at Emory-Oxford College. 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 dfoley@gntc.edu.

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Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern (51) – Alex Miller 11, Pratt, Woods 2, Ben Patton 12, Bud Todd 12, Towns DNP, Hill, Jr. 5, Dempsey 13.

Emory-Oxford (99) – Ordu 9, Evan Dunwoodie 23, Lee 9, Stephen Simmons 11, Zachary Lynn 15, Bassell 4, Carlson 2, Kevin Tolbert 10, Samuel Kim 10, Woodburn 7.

Halftime: 45-27, Emory-Oxford.

 

Bobcats To Battle For Third In State

Georgia Northwestern Falls In Qualifier

 

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(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Despite cleaning the host site Tennessee Temple’s nets for four three-pointers, 23 points in all, Bobcat sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) couldn’t narrow the gap in the end as Georgia Northwestern (0-1) would fall in the TCSGAA semi-final round against West Georgia Tech, 87-81.

The lead changed hands multiple times in the first half as the Bobcats had one final chance to knot things up before the intermission, however, the final shot wouldn’t fall and Georgia Northwestern went into the half down by three, 40-37.

Gainesville, Georgia product Martavious Pittman led all scorers with 24 point on the night to help West Georgia Tech (1-0) advance to the finals of the post-season tournament Saturday. They’ll play top-seed Middle Georgia Tech (1-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. for the TCSGAA title.

Georgia Northwestern freshman sharp-shooter Ben Patton (Dade County) got hot in the second half narrowing the gap to three as he found lightning, striking four of his five long-distance bombs on the night in the last stanza. Sophomore co-captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) tossed in 17 points in the effort.

The Bobcats will face Southern Crescent Tech (0-1) in the state conference’s third-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at McGilvray Gymansium on the Tennessee Temple University campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The four-year college is serving as the host site for the state conference tournament out of Georgia for the second consecutive year.

On a related game note, Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Bobcat basketball squad will be playing in the TCSGAA title game against West Georgia Tech at the same site Saturday at 3 p.m. This is the inaugural season of Women’s Basketball in the Technical College System of Georgia Athletic Association.

During a break in play in the qualifying round Friday night, TCSGAA Commissioner David Stephenson award TCSGAA founder and board chair, Dr. Skip Sullivan with an award honoring his years of service to the league. Dr. Sullivan and Stephenson both helped develop the league in the state of Georgia nearly five years ago.

For more information on Bobcat and Lady Cat athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the GNTC Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college educating nearly 10,000 students each year.

BOX SCORES

Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (81) – Kyle Wilson 23, Woods 8, Jesse Moore 17, Bonds 7, Ben Patton 19, Ware 2, Jackson 5.

West Georgia Golden Knights (87) – DeMario McMath 17, Lominy 8, Martavious Pittman 24, Black 7, Hunter, Codi Linton 19, Williams 8, Holland 4.

Halftime Score: 40-37, West Georgia Tech.

GNTC’s Women Wrap-Up First Season With Win, Two Seed In Post-Season Tourney

 (Griffin, Georgia) – The three-hour trip to Southern Crescent Tech took a dangerous turn on the tip-off Friday night for Georgia Northwestern. The Lady Cats, fighting for a spot in the TCSGAA post-season tournament, lost their starting forward Kayci McGee (Cedartown) on the tip, rolling her ankle on her Lady Tiger counterpart.
Down to six players, Georgia Northwestern rolled to a twenty-point halftime lead. Then, the Lady Cats carried the momentum in the second half as they would wrap up the regular-season ending win, 69-27. Bench player Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart) filled in without missing a beat leading the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the conference win.
The 2010-11 collegiate basketball season is the first season ever for the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats. “We couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve learned and the turn-around they’ve accomplished,” said Lady Cats Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.
Lady Cat point guard Mia Morrow (Rome) dropped in 15 points and dished off 10 assists to be one of three GNTC’ers to rack up a double-double. Jessica Williams (Pepperell) cleaned the nets out for 10 points and pulled down a monstrous 16 rebounds on the night. “She pulled down everything that came off the rim,” said Williams.
The Lady Cats (5-7, 5-3) have earned a two-seed in the TCSGAA post-season tournament with the win. “This was truly a total team effort,” said Williams. “X-rays Friday night were negative on Kayci (McGee). She’ll see an orthopedic specialist on Monday.” The post-season tournament for the state conference will be held March 4-5 at Tennessee Temple University.
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Illness would take the Bobcats top scorer off the court for Friday night’s game. The flu would keep sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) from suiting up leaving Georgia Northwestern with just six players, as well, in their nightcap against Southern Crescent Tech.

Down four to Southern Crescent at the intermission, then down ten points late in the second half, Georgia Northwestern would have to press to claw their way back into the conference match-up.

An off-target shot in the final seconds would leave Cats’ forward Ty Bonds (Southeast Whitfield) with a chance to force overtime. The freshman post specialist would strike with a buzzer-beating put-back on the missed shot knotting the game up at 70-all at the end of regulation. Bonds would end with 10 points on the night.

Georgia Northwestern (3-14, 0-8) would fall three points short in the tough road conference loss, 83-80. Cats’ Co-Captain Jesse Moore (Dade County) would lead the way with a huge game by way of 21 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. The individual performance everyone was talking about came from freshman Bobcat, Steven Ware (Heritage-Catoosa). A post player who began the season as a reserve specialist managed to pile up 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. The first-year forward also pulled down eight boards in the road effort.

Freshman outside specialist Ben Patton (Dade County) would score 20 points against the Tigers hitting on 3-of-12 three point attempts in the loss. Fellow freshman guard Treas Jackson (Heritage-Catoosa) popped in a dozen points in the effort.

Georgia Northwestern plays its last regular-season home game at The R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, on Tuesday against Hiwassee College. The Bobcats lost the road side of this two-game set before the Christmas break, 122-105. GNTC wraps up the regular season on February 19 with a road game to Emory-Oxford College. The Eagles used a 16-0 run in the second-half of the first meeting to help drop the Cats, 85-53, just two weeks ago.

For more information on the Lady Cats and Bobcats Basketball programs at Georgia Northwestern or any student-athlete project at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with more than 6,700 students across four campuses and online.
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***Women’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats (69) – Day 5, Mia Morrow 15, Ashley Crosby 15, Kelsie Philpot 21, Jessica Williams 10, Watts 3.

Southern Crescent Lady Tigers (27) – Powell 4, French, Rousea 2, Sands 6, Genia Parker 15, Jones.

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***Men’s Box Score
Georgia Northwestern Bobcats (83) – Jesse Moore 21, Treas Jackson 11, Woods 3, Ty Bonds 10, Ben Patton 20, Steven Ware 17.

Southern Crescent Tigers (86) – R. Bird 14, D. Gilbert 16, LeBlanc 2, C. High 20, R. Hardy 14, V. Woods 13, Thomas 5.

Halftime Score: 31-27, Southern Crescent.

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