GNTC Bobcats Take Scots To Buzzer At Barnes

Friday, December 13, 2013 - by Don Foley
Xavier McLin pulls up for a score in the paint in first-half action against Covenant JV (GA) at Barnes Gymnasium Thursday night
Xavier McLin pulls up for a score in the paint in first-half action against Covenant JV (GA) at Barnes Gymnasium Thursday night

Even though it took Georgia Northwestern nearly eight minutes to score its first points of the night Thursday at Covenant College (TN), the Bobcats would press and steal its way to a 25-22 halftime lead.

Freshman point guard Rico Mears (Dalton, GA) would come in to put the first Bobcat points of the night up on the Barnes Gymnasium scoreboard at the 12:33 mark of the first-half. Trailing 10-2 at that point, the Bobcats would find ways to stay in the game all night long.

After twenty minutes of neck-and-neck basketball in the second half, it would all come down to a final shot. With 2.9 seconds remaining and the ball in the hands of the Cats in their front court, a final three-ball from the wing by freshman Veshawn Bell (Rome, Georgia) would fall short. Covenant JV would escape with the home-court win, 62-60.

Bell was the hot hand of the night for the Cats as he would lead the charge with 17 points. The shooting guard out of Rome H.S. in Rome, Georgia would hit a pair of huge three-pointers in the first-half to help Georgia Northwestern hold on to the lead. Bell would bottom out a trio of three’s on the night, as well as grab four steals and go 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.

A first-half breakaway dunk by freshman Bobcat LaDarius Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) got the attention of the home crowd. The 6-foot-4 forward would score seven points on the night, as well as clean the road glass for nine boards, and make a pair of swipes from Covenant ball handlers.

Sophomore NJCAA All-Region honoree Tavish Reynolds (Calhoun, GA) would go unusually cold from outside connecting on only 1-of-10 from beyond the three-point line. Reynolds would manage to drop in a dozen points and go a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line.

Senior James Leithart would lead the attack for Covenant JV with 23 points, five rebounds, and four steals. The 6-foot-4 forward from Moscow, Idaho would go 7-of-9 from the field, 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Freshman Scot Luke Gleason (Tucson, AZ) would score 11 points and pull down 10 rebounds in the Covenant win.

Georgia Northwestern (3-5), now on a three-game slide, looks to stop the skid on the road Friday night against NJCAA Region XVII foe West Georgia Tech (2-10). The Bobcats get things underway with the Golden Knights at 7:30 p.m. in LaGrange, Georgia. Covenant JV hosts Mid-Continent University at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at Barnes Gymnasium.

For information on all Georgia Northwestern intercollegiate athletic programs, check out BobcatsCountry.com, e-mail the Office of Sports Information at dfoley@gntc.edu, or call 706 764-3813.

Men’s Box Score

Georgia Northwestern (60) – Olsen, Watkins 3, Tavish Reynolds 12, Ivester 8, Watkins 7, Mears 6, Harris, Powell 2, McLin 5, Veshawn Bell 17, Cochran, Stanley.

Covenant College JV (GA) (62) – James Leithart 23, Brown, Fleming 9, Coffey 7, Pierce 3, Tchividjian 4, Fagot 3, Komel 2, Luke Gleason 11, Finlayson.

Halftime Score: 25-22, Georgia Northwestern


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