Mars Hill Blows Through The Tornados On Saturday
In front of a packed-out and "whited out" Boshamer Gymnasium crowd, the Brevard College men's basketball team battled the Lions of Mars Hill to the limit before ultimately falling, 70-57 on Saturday afternoon.
BC exploded out of the gates and jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in front of a pumped up home crowd and held a 17-12 lead at the 12:08 mark of the first half on two made foul shots from sophomore Shane Galloway.
Mars Hill bounced back and tied the score up at 17-17 with 11:28 to play in the opening half and then took their first lead of the game on their next offensive possession, a jumper by Jordan Skinner giving the visiting Lions the 19-17 edge.
A jumper by BC's Joseph Chilton on the Tornados' next possession knotted the score at 19-19. However, it was the last tie for the remainder of the contest as the Lions would go on a 7-0 run over the next 2:30 to take the lead for good.
The Lions would hold off a late first half surge from the Tornados and take a 39-30 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half the Tornados, who shot 40.7 percent in the first half, went cold as they hit only 8-of-28 from the floor, 28.6 percent.
Taking advantage of Brevard's cold shooting, the Lions pushed their lead to double-digits and as high as 16 points on a number of occasions.
The Tornados would not give up and continued to play hard, cutting into the Lions lead in the final five minutes of play. However, the Lions defense stiffened up and held off the Tornados to seal the 70-57 win.
The Tornados were led by sophomore point guard Cody Siniard, who had a season-high 14 points, as he went 2-of-3 from long distance on the afternoon. Off the bench, Galloway had 12 points, going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. Chilton had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Mars Hill had a well-balanced scoring attack on Saturday afternoon, as four players - P.J. Gore, Josh Goble, Jamarl Glen and Jabreel Moton - all had 11 points on the day.
For the game the Lions shot 50.9 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from the three-point line, while the Tornados shot 34.5 percent for the game, including only 19 percent from the three-point arc.
The loss drops the young Tornado squad to 3-17 on the season, while Mars Hill improved to 9-10 overall. The Tornados are 0-3 this season against their rivals from Mars Hill, N.C.
Coach Jones' squad will hit the road again on Feb. 6, when they travel to Hickory to do battle with the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne, who are currently atop of the South Atlantic Conference standings. The Bears defeated the Tornados back on 57-48 back on January 9 in Brevard, N.C. The tip-off is slated for 8 p.m.
Lady Tornados Fall
On Saturday afternoon, the Tornados took on rival and SAC foe Mars Hill for the second time in less than a month, this time taking on the Lady Lions at home in Boshamer Gymnasium. Despite a valiant effort, the Tornados could not avenge their earlier season loss to the Lady Lions, falling on Saturday 77-62.
Although the Tornados never led in the first half, BC never trailed by more than eight points in the first 20 minutes of play as both teams played fairly even basketball. Both teams shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line and over 50 percent from the field with the Tornados shooting 52.4 percent and the Lady Lions shooting right at 50 percent.
The Tornados kept it close and remained in striking distance of Mars Hill in the first half, relying on their outside shooting as they knocked down 4-of-8 from the three-point line.
The Tornados made a late first half run to cut into the Mars Hill lead making it 36-32 at the half.
In the second half of play, the Tornados cooled offensively while the Lady Lions did not, as Mars Hill once again shot 50 percent from the floor, connecting on 13-of-26 and 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc.
Mars Hill continued to add to their lead in the second half, pushing it up to double-digits for good at the 7:28 mark on two made free throws by Brittini Young.
BC battled hard for the final seven minutes of play, but could not cut the lead into single digits as Mars Hill answered ever Tornado run.
Brevard had four players in double figures led by Holly Krogman and Kelsey Sill who had 13 points apiece. Freshman Amanda Whitaker had 11 points, while sophomore Samantha Winn 10 points while pulling down a team-high six rebounds on the afternoon.
The loss drops the Tornados to 7-12 on the season.