Jacksonville State Stop Mocs In Overtime

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rodney Chatman and Makinde London posted new career highs, but the Chattanooga Mocs fell two points short in a 77-75 overtime loss to Jacksonville State. The duo combined for 47 points with 24 and 23, respectively.
 
Malcolm Drumwright keyed the JSU’s effort with 27 points. Norbetas Giga added a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds leading a decisive edge on the boards for the Gamecocks.
 
It was a see-saw battle to the very end. Chatman put the Mocs ahead 67-65 with 2:17 to go only to watch Drumwright tie it on the next possession before forcing a turnover and hitting a three at 1:44 for the 70-67 lead.
 
Back-to-back defensive stops gave the Mocs the ball with the shot clock off.

Chatman brought it up court, worked a deep triple that tickled the twine to knot it at 70-all.
 
The Gamecocks came down and called timeout with 3.8 seconds remaining. Chatman deflected the in-bounds attempt into the backcourt. Drumwright’s 60-footer was off the mark providing the rowdy crowd a little free basketball.
 
JSU struck first with Drumwright’s 27th point with 3:33 on the clock. London hit two free throws before a big mid-range bucket from David Jean-Baptiste. London tacked on one of two free tosses for a 75-72 lead with 1:42 left.
 
Sixteen seconds later Jason Burrell nailed a three to tie it. A missed opportunity on the offensive end led to a strong push by the Gamecocks. A missed layup by Christian Cunningham was followed by a Marlon Hunter offensive board.
 
Hunter missed a jumper and followed his miss to lay it in with 32 seconds to go. Hunter made a steal on the sideline but travelled to give the Mocs another shot with seven seconds remaining.
 
Chatman moved right, distributed it to Jean-Baptiste who got off a three from the right wing. It was off the mark, but James Lewis, Jr., corralled the board. The paint was too congested to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded.
 
Jean-Baptiste and Nat Dixon scored 11 apiece for the Mocs. Dixon’s efficient stat line included three rebounds and three assists. Burnell and Jamall Gregory each had 10 for the Gamecocks.
 
"We didn't perform well, but we performed okay,” Chatman explained post-game to the media. “At the end of the game, we needed to box out and get rebounds and that would have put us over the top. So to perform well, we have to do everything well, and I don't think we did that tonight.
 
“Coach (Lamont Paris) always tells us we need to compete. On that possession, we didn't compete as hard as we could and it lost us the game."

The final game of the four-game home stand is Saturday, Nov. 25, as Tennessee Wesleyan rolls into Gig City. Tipoff is at 7 p.m., on ESPN3 in McKenzie Arena.


PREP SCHEDULES

Smith Breaks 1,000 Point Mark In Covenant Lady Scots Win

Lee Women Win 89-50 Over Fort Valley State


PREP BASKETBALL MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 Brainerd at Lookout Valley East Ridge at Signal Mountain Marion Co. at CSAS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Walker Valley at East Hamilton Soddy ... (click for more)

Joanna Smith scored her 1,000th career point and led the Covenant women’s basketball team to an 83-74 victory over Webster in Barnes PE Center on Saturday. Smith’s 1,000 points, coupled ... (click for more)

Coach Marty Rowe made changes to his starting lineup and his Lee women rebounded from a Tuesday night defeat and scored a convincing 89-50 victory over visiting Fort Valley State in Walker Arena ... (click for more)


Sports

PREP SCHEDULES

PREP BASKETBALL MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 Brainerd at Lookout Valley East Ridge at Signal Mountain Marion Co. at CSAS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Walker Valley at East Hamilton Soddy Daisy at McMinn Co. White Co. at Red Bank Bradley at Ooltewah Lookout Valley at South Pittsburg Signal Mountain at Hixson East Ridge at Tyner Marion Co. at Sale Creek ... (click for more)

Smith Breaks 1,000 Point Mark In Covenant Lady Scots Win

Joanna Smith scored her 1,000th career point and led the Covenant women’s basketball team to an 83-74 victory over Webster in Barnes PE Center on Saturday. Smith’s 1,000 points, coupled with her 700 career rebound milestone, makes her just the seventh player in Covenant’s history to accomplish both. Smith now has 1,012 points and 746 rebounds in her career. She is the 22nd ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Heavy Rains Continue For Chattanooga, While It's Not Cold Enough For Snow

Heavy rains continued in Chattanooga on Sunday, but temperatures did not drop low enough for the heavy snow that areas to the north and east received. The rain was bringing some minor flooding, especially in the Trenton and New England, Ga., areas and along Lookout Creek. South Chickamauga Creek was also rising, and was expected to exceed flood stage by late Sunday afternoon. ... (click for more)

County Schools Won't Give Information On Ooltewah High Rape Settlement, Attorney Charges

Hamilton County School officials say they won't give any information about the amount of money paid out to settle two lawsuits brought in Federal Court by students who were injured in the Ooltewah High rape incident. They also said they would not release the amount the county schools had to pay in legal expenses for defending the cases. Chattanoogan.com filed an Open Records ... (click for more)

Opinion

Eminent Domain And Property Taxes

There is understandable anger and resistance to TVA's sudden land grabbing in Meigs County. Surely the various governments in this area already own enough land to meet all their needs for a long time to come, and surely some of that land would be perfectly satisfactory for TVA's proposed new power center. But, as with the local animal welfare groups and their inability or unwillingness ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quit Embarrassing Us

Ever since I got word that a new Publix grocery store will be built on South Broad Street I have been excited. And every time our city Zoning Appeals Board seemingly does everything within its power to kill the project it is increasingly an embarrassment, a kerfuffle that has no logical explanation and sadly kowtows to a small minority that is flat-out wrong. On Wednesday the ... (click for more)