West Georgia Tech improves to 4-11 overall while Snead State, an NJCAA Division-1 team, falls to 3-12.
West Georgia Tech had steals on two-consecutive defensive possessions in the final minute. The first, with :37 seconds left and the score tied at 60-60, led to a Devante Orebeau layup to put the Knights up 62-60.
On the ensuing Snead State possession Kishon Rogers stole the ball and was fouled. He made both free throws to make the score 64-60.
After a Snead State bucket with :14 seconds left brought them to within two, at 64-62, WGTC inbounded the ball and drove the length of the court before drawing a foul with :08 left.
West Georgia Tech made the first free throw but missed the second, setting up a final opportunity for Snead State to tie the game.
They got a good look, but a three-pointer missed, ending the game at 65-62.
“This was a big win for us against a good Division-1 basketball team,” said WGTC head coach Niki Okolovitch. “This team has really gelled here in the second half of the season, a lot quicker than I thought they would. With this being our first game since the holiday break, we took a lot of time to practice and I think that has helped us tremendously. I’m excited to see what we can do the rest of the year.”
Snead State played a tenacious zone defense the entire night forcing WGTC to shoot just 37 percent (25-of-66). The Knights held Snead State to 43-percent shooting.
Five players scored in double-figures for West Georgia Tech, led by a 19-point effort from Jalen Bracey. Martez Winston added 12 and Devante Orebeau, Xavier Jennings and Jon Perry each scored 10.
Bracey scored back-to-back three pointers around the 2-minute mark which turned a two-point deficit, at 56-54, into a 60-58 lead.
West Georgia Tech will play again in less than 24 hours, as they play host to Lawson State (Ala.) Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s contest will tip at 3 p.m. at Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa, GA.
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