Georgia Northwestern Shocks National Runner-Up

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - by Don Foley
Sophomore NJCAA All-Region Second Team starter Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) fading away for two of his six points in the first half of Friday night's game against Trinity Baptist (FL) at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville
Sophomore NJCAA All-Region Second Team starter Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) fading away for two of his six points in the first half of Friday night's game against Trinity Baptist (FL) at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville
Georgia Northwestern's LaDarius Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) put up monstrous numbers in the Bobcats 69-66 win over the NCCAA's NIT national runner-up at the Rossville Athletic Complex (R.A.C.) Friday night in Rossville, Georgia. The freshman 6-4 forward came off the bench to torch the home nets for 18 points and clean the glass for 10 rebounds in the non-conference win over Trinity Baptist (FL).

All 13 Bobcats found the scoreboard in the win over the NCCAA power. Trinity Baptist freshman Jordan Orison (Cordova, TN) led all scorers with 28 points in the Eagle loss.
Georgia Northwestern (3-2) was less than stellar from the floor shooting an atrocious six-percent (1-for-18) from beyond the three-point line and a sub-par 52-percent  (16-for-31) from the charity stripe in the win. However, fierce full-court pressure and 39 points coming from the Bobcat bench led to the hard-fought home win.

Trinity Baptist (3-2) would manage to keep things close as they would trade leads with Georgia Northwestern nine different times in the contest.  Sophomore sharpshooter Tavish Reynolds (Calhoun, GA), who could not find his long-range shot on the night, would fire the biggest jab on a drive and pull-up shot 15-feet down the baseline to give the Cats a lead they wouldn't relinquish 62-60 with just two minutes to play.

A drive, twirl, and shot in the paint by sophomore Richard Olsen (Calhoun, GA) with one minute to go gave the Cats a 66-63 lead. But moments later while in full-court pressure, a crowd-silencing moment as NJCAA All-Region Second-Teamer Hunter Ivester (Trion, GA) went down to the floor quickly after his knee collided with an Eagle ball handler. After several minutes down on the court, Ivester would leave the floor with assistance from Georgia Northwestern trainers. No word on the extent of his injury at press time.

This was the first-ever match-up between the Bobcats and the Eagles. Trinity Baptist closed out their NCCAA campaign last season as their division's national runner-up with a 17-7 mark on the season. In his 18th year of collegiate coaching, Trinity Baptist Head Coach Pat Milligan saw his mark as top Eagle fall to 319-248 with the loss.

Friday night's game served as one of two Christmas Toy Drive games held by the Bobcats this season. One new toy earned fans one free admission into the game. The next Toy Drive Game will be December 10 when the Cats host Masten Prep Academy (GA) at The R.A.C.

Georgia Northwestern will see its last action before the Thanksgiving break on Monday as the Bobcats host Crown College (TN) for a 7 p.m. tip-off at The R.A.C.
Trinity Baptist now heads up I-24 west into the Music City for a 3 p.m tip-off with Welch College (TN).

Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA Region XVII, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and an equal opportunity institute. For more information on Georgia Northwestern Athletics, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813., e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu, or visit BobcatsCountry.com

Georgia Northwestern Technical College directly serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties. Georgia Northwestern offers more than 200 programs online and on-campus. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC's credit and non-credit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.


Georgia Northwestern (69) - Olsen 9, D. Watkins 6, Mears 4, Harris 2, Reynolds 4, Powell 2, Ivester 6, McLin 4, Bell 6, Painter 2, Cochran 5, Stanely 1, LaDarius Watkins 18.

Trinity Baptist (FL) (66) - Washington 4, Zach Frazier 13, Ross, Jordan Olison 28, Raines 3, McNulty 6, Adams 2, Williams 2, Dabbs 6.

Halftime Score: 39-35, Georgia Northwestern 
Sophomore NJCAA All-Region Second Team starter Richard Olsen (Calhoun, GA) drives for two of his nine points in the first half of Friday night's game against Trinity Baptist (FL) at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville
Sophomore NJCAA All-Region Second Team starter Richard Olsen (Calhoun, GA) drives for two of his nine points in the first half of Friday night's game against Trinity Baptist (FL) at the Rossville Athletic Complex in Rossville

Craine, Ribeiro Named SoCon Players Of The Week

Two University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football student-athletes were named Southern Conference Players of the Week, following the Mocs' 41-21 win over Samford on Saturday.  Seniors Derrick Craine and Henrique Ribeiro both earned recognition from the league office announced today. Craine rushed for a career-high 222 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the win. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: A Few Things Overheard In The Man Cave

When my family gathers to watch college football in my man cave, it's never the same as it was the week before. I've decided to list a few of the comments I overheard this past  Saturday  as Tennessee faced Florida. Keep in mind, this game more than any other draws out all the possible emotions known to mankind for a four hour period. Also keep in mind that a few of ... (click for more)

DA Pinkston Files Petition To Declare 2 Gangs A Public Nuisance

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed a petition on Monday asking that two Chattanooga gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Grape Street Crips, and their members be declared public nuisances. General Pinkston is also "asking that injunctive relief be given to the law-abiding residents of East Lake by establishing a Safety Zone that covers most of their neighborhood." ... (click for more)

2 Boaters Die In Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning On Chickamauga Lake

Two boaters and their pet were pronounced dead at the scene of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Chickamauga Lake.  Kristy D. James and Mike L. Richardson of Chattanooga were reported missing to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day by a concerned family member. The boaters had not been heard from since Saturday. Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pitch Called ‘The Defector’

When Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident, he was 24 years old yet had already lived a life much larger than almost all old men. He had spent part of a year in an unimaginably cruel Cuban prison, this when he only 14 years old and sandwiched in an inhumane cell among grown criminals. There were murders daily – in his very cell -- and nobody cared. ... (click for more)