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Tornados Drop Pair Of Weekend Hoops Contests


Last updated 12/18/2017 at 1:48pm

Covenant used a well-balanced offensive attack, with four players recording double-digit points on the game to beat Brevard College 83-69 on Saturday afternoon.

Patjo Twagirayezu and Berto Dryden led the way for the Scots with 17 points each, followed by Caleb Haynes (13) and Bailey Spragg (12).

For the Tornados, JaMarquis Johnson led all scorers with 24 points, as he knocked down 5-of-8 3-pointers in the game.

Stevie Williams also finished the game in double-figures with 16 points. The sophomore guard has now topped double figures in his last four contests, eclipsing 20 in the last two outings.

At the beginning of the second half, Brevard tied the game at the 18:58 mark with a layup from Williams to notch the score at 42 each.

After an 8-4 run by the Scots, Jakob Bergen connected with Williams on a back-door cut for the dunk to make the score 50-48 in favor of Covenant with 15:05 remaining in the game.

Brevard would hit their only 3-pointer of the second half with 9:08 remaining from Johnson, his fifth trey of the contest to make the score 61-57.

The Scots closed out the final nine minutes of action on a 22-12 run, with contributions from five different players.

Twagirayezu and Berto Dryden led the Scots with five points each in the last nine minutes of the game.

Johnson provided the Tornados with a lift off the bench, scoring 16 points in the first half as the two teams were separated by just two points.

Johnson knocked down 5-of-7 from the floor, converting four 3-pointers along the way, to lead the way for a Brevard unit that finished 13-of-25 in the frame.

Joining Johnson among the offensive leaders in the first half was Williams, who scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field.

Fall Sunday To Methodist 90-82

Jackson Whitley scored 24 points and added 12 rebounds and five assists while Davion Ayabarreno emerged with 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Methodist to a 90-82 victory over Brevard College in men’s basketball action at Boshamer Gym on Sunday afternoon.

The duo of Whitley and Ayabarreno were joined in double figure scoring by Bryan Rouse (17) Troynell Reese (14) as the Monarchs (6-2) finished 35-of-57 from the floor and 15-of-18 at the free throw line.

The Tornados (1-6) were led offensively by the combination of Divese Carson (22 points), Levi Lamb (16), Stevie Williams (15) and JaMarquis Johnson (14).

The group helped Brevard finish 30-of-65 from the floor and 14-of-29 from beyond the arc.

One of the keys to Brevard’s offense was its play on the defensive end, which resulted in 11 steals and a 24-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

Levi Lamb’s quick hands forced six steals and Cannon Lamb added three.

After exploding for 22 points over the final seven minutes of the first half, Brevard began the second half with a 45-44 lead.

Methodist opened the frame by scoring seven of the first 11 points, which included three from Ayabarreno, assuming a four-point advantage in the process.

The Monarchs managed to extend the lead to six on three occasions over the next four minutes, taking a 64-58 lead on a free throw by Ayabarreno, but Brevard bounced back with consecutive buckets by Jakob Bergen and Demari Hopper as they drew within two.

A layup by Rouse and jumper by Whitley gave Methodist breathing room, 70-64, before Reese’s drive through the lane extended the advantage to eight.

A series of free throws by Levi Lamb followed quickly by a layup and 3-pointer from Williams sparked the Brevard offense, which trailed 76-73 with 3:31 remaining.

The Monarchs continued their hot shooting, which resulted in a 17-for-29 outing in the second half, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers by Rouse to push the lead to eight.

Two 3-pointers by Carson over the final 1:42 of the contest was not enough to help Brevard draw closer as Methodist closed out the eight-point win.

The Tornados host LaGrange on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in their last contest before the Christmas holidays.


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