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Tornados Suffer Pair Of Losses In Weekend Hoops Action


December 4, 2017

Brandon McLean scored a team-high 15 points, including 11 in the second half, to help lead Huntingdon to a 75-65 victory over Brevard College in Saturday afternoon men’s basketball action at Boshamer Gym.

The Tornados (0-3) were led in scoring by the trio of JaMarquis Johnson (19), Stevie Williams (15) and Divese Carson (11).

Johnson, who has now reached double figures in back-to-back contests, finished 6-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. Among his six made field goals, two were from 3-point range.

Williams capped off a double-digit outing by hitting 5-of-9 from the floor to go along with four free throws. Williams shared the team lead in blocks (two) with Johnson as he also pulled down six rebounds.

Carson, who logged 22 minutes off the bench, converted three 3-pointers and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line on the afternoon.

One of the keys to Huntingdon’s success on the afternoon was its 52-33 edge in rebounds, which included 17 offensive boards. That helped proved a 33-16 advantage in points in the paint and a 17-8 edge in second chance points.

Building on a five-point halftime lead, Brevard opened the second half by scoring 10 of the first 16 points.

Huntingdon chipped away at the lead behind five points from John Jay Graves, but timely scores by Levi Lamb and Williams allowed the Tornados to keep their distance, 52-44.

The Hawks retaliated with a 9-0 run, highlighted by five points from Scotty Chadwick, grabbing a one-point lead at the 11:04 mark.

The two teams traded points for the next 3:31 of the contest before a layup by McLean allowed Huntingdon to grab a 62-59 lead.

The Hawks followed with free throws from Charvez’ Hobson and a second McLean layup as they took a seven-point lead with just under five minutes left.

The trio of Carson, Williams and Johnson scored seven points for Brevard, which trimmed the deficit to 66-65 with 2:44 remaining. Huntingdon’s defense held the Tornados scoreless for the remainder of the game as the Hawks converted six free throws and an Elmore trey to complete the win.

Brevard returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 5, when the Tornados host Montreat College at 7:30.

Women’s Side Falls After Late Push

Emma Grimes scored 16 points, all in the fourth quarter, to help lead Covenant to a 77-66 victory over Brevard College in Saturday afternoon women’s basketball action.

Grimes, who reached double figures by converting three 3-pointers and seven free throws, placed herself alongside Jessica Bell for the team-high in points (16).

Bell and Grimes were two of six Covenant (3-3) players to reach the double figure mark, along with Raquel Rose, Joanna Smith and Bekah Walter, who finished with 12 points apiece.

Brevard was led in scoring by the trio of Annalee Bollinger (19), Ty’She Washington (16) and Kelsie Rhyne (13), which combined to go 11-of-11 at the free throw line.

That combination led the way for a Tornado unit that capped off the game by hitting 23-of-61 from the floor, 8-of-27 from 3-point range and 12-of-13 from the free throw line.

Bollinger led all scorers by hitting 5-of-18 from the floor and 3-of-10 from 3-point range, as she was a perfect 6-of-6 at the charity stripe.

Washington, who also came through with a team-best seven boards, was 7-of-14 on the contest.

Rhyne eclipsed double figures by knocking down four field goals, including a pair from 3-point range, and all three free throw attempts.

Seven points by Bollinger and three from Rhyne, along with a solid defensive effort, allowed Brevard to move within one, 39-38, inside the first four minutes of the third quarter.

Washington joined in on the offense, adding a layup, while Bollinger drove home four free throws as the Tornados moved within one, 51-50, at the close of the third quarter.

Washington added the first bucket of the fourth quarter, giving Brevard a slim one-point lead, but Grimes took over with a 3-pointer to put the Scots back in front.

The two teams traded a layup and a three-pointer, moving the Tornados to within one, but it was six unanswered by Grimes that gave Covenant a 62-55 advantage.

Grimes scored seven of the final nine points, while Washington and Williams came through with four for the Tornados, to help provide the 11-point victory.

The Tornados return to the court on Dec. 9 when they head to Bob Jones for a 2 p.m. contest.


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