GC men’s basketball battled through the winter break with three of their nine games exceeding regulation and carrying them into overtime frenzies. After accumulating two wins by defeating USC Aiken and Flagler on Dec. 19 and 30, the Bobcats dropped three straight games, two of them in overtime.
The toughest loss came at the hands of UNC Pembroke, the No. 1 ranked team in the league, as the Bobcats took Pembroke to double overtime before falling behind to ultimately lose the game 82-75.
“We lost some tough overtime games due to missed free throws and things just not working the way we wanted them to,” said head coach Mark Gainous. “We were mentally and physically fatigued, but I think we’ve been playing solid as of recently.”
The Bobcats regrouped and defeated Lander in overtime, 75-64, on Jan. 13. They lost their next three games but got back on the winning side after beating Young Harris College 63-55 on Jan. 24.
“We’re trying to play more inside, out basketball,” said junior forward Isaac Thomas. “We want to feed the post and work inside the paint and then kick the ball back outside for three-point shot attempts.”
The Bobcats are 9-9 on the season and 5-7 in the conference. The team has an array of freshmen and sophomores who experience a lot of playing time throughout the games.
“We like to control the game at a slow pace and let our defense cause commotion for the other teams,” Gainous said. “We’re not as good defensively as we were at the beginning of the year, but we’re starting to get back to what we’re good at.”
The Bobcats have 10 more games remaining in the season with half of them being played in Milledgeville.
“We’ve just got to stick together and make the shots when we need to,” said sophomore forward Kohl Roberts. “We’re all leaders, and we all do what’s best for the team.”