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).
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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