Cats Climb Mountain, Tumble To Scots

GNTC ‘Seven’ Preparing For Conference Play

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - by Don Foley

Just two months ago, Georgia Northwestern topped a visiting Covenant College squad by six. It would be one of ten consecutive regular-season losses for the Scots JV squad who entered Tuesday night’s rematch with the Bobcats with a winless 0-10 mark. However, a late rally by Covenant high atop Lookout Mountain would earn them their first victory of the year stopping the under-manned GNTC line-up, 60-50.

Up 30-23 at the intermission, Cats Country had their eyes set on win number four of the season. Momentum stayed with Georgia Northwestern up to the final eight minutes of the second half as the Bobcats saw their lead grow to as many as a dozen. But the tide would turn swiftly on the mountain as the visiting Cats would run out of steam late.

In the final eight minutes, Covenant (1-10) would go on a run that would give them a 22-point swing leading the JV Scots to a 10-point home win.

“Fatigue set in and we made mistakes,” said David Stephenson, Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach of his roster. After the Christmas break, the GNTC roster was cut down to seven varsity players for the home stretch of the season. “Too many turnovers tonight. Simple as that. Scoring was pretty evenly distributed, though. We just needed more baskets to drop.”

The Bobcats (3-9, 0-6) had only one student-athlete in double-digits in the loss. Sophomore co-captain Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) racked up 10 points to lead the way for the Bobcats. Covenant varsity sophomore guard Rosbie Mutcherson would lead the Scots charge on the Cats. The Martinez, Georgia native cleaned the nets for 19 points in the Scots lone win on the season.

Georgia Northwestern is 1-5 on the road at this point, earning their only “W” of the 2010-11 season last week against Clayton State University’s Men’s Basketball club squad. Free-throw shooting has also made headlines on several occasions for the Bobcats. Troubles from the charity stripe have added up to difference-making points in various games. This would not be the case Tuesday as the Bobcats only took seven total shots from the foul line, dropping four.

Freshman Bobcat guard Ben Patton has had a hot hand from beyond the three-point arc in his first season with Georgia Northwestern. Tuesday, Patton found the Scots home floor would put a chill on his game. The sniper from Dade County would only manage to drop three of 13 shots from downtown.

“Ben has a lot of confidence,” said Stephenson. “But he’s like any good shooter in college ball. He shoots through the good and the bad. Tonight, the shots just didn’t fall his way.” Patton would show hustle, though, managing to pull in eight rebounds from his spot on the wing for Georgia Northwestern.

Patton and the rest of the ‘Magnificent Seven’, a name given to the squad by Stephenson after Christmas break, will get three days rest before they re-enter TCSGAA conference play this weekend as they make the trip down Highway 27 to Carrollton, Georgia to battle rival West Georgia Tech. Both the Bobcats and Lady Cats will be in action in back-to-back games this Saturday. Beginning with the game against the Golden Knights, Georgia Northwestern will close out their regular season by playing nine games in 21 days. GNTC will then have 13 days to prepare for the TCSGAA Conference post-season tournament which will be held at Tennessee Temple University March 3 through March 5.


Georgia Northwestern (50) – Jackson 8, Kyle Wilson 10, Woods, Moore 7, Bonds 8, Patton 9, Ware 8.

Covenant College JV (60) – Joe Randall 9, Dovan 7, Rosbie Mutcherson 19, Fox 4, Andrew Cristenberry 12, Jackson 2, Zumbach 5, Holland 2.

Halftime Score: 30-23, Georgia Northwestern


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