The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's team lost in the final seconds, 70-66 Saturday afternoon hosting Brevard College in non-conference men's basketball action. The Bobcats fall to 3-13, (2-8 CVAC) while the Tornados improve to 7-11.
The visiting Tornado grabbed the early lead just a minute a half lead and coasted through the first half. The visiting Tornado managed the largest lead in the game, twelve, in the first half before the Bobcats came clawing back. With just over four minutes to play, Stephen Haymer got things started with 2:52 in the half, drawing a foul to complete the three point play. Henry Williams would take a charge from Brian Davison, regaining possession for the Bobcats who looked to the hands of Aaron Dugger for a second three point play. Dugger's shot from behind the arc bounced in and out of the hoop, but Haymer was there for the put back to pull Lees-McRae within six. The teams would trade baskets in the final minute before halftime, with the Tornado leading 36-30.
The Bobcats would start the second a little sluggish, allowing the Tornado to extend their lead to nine. Slowly but surely, the Bobcats would chip away at the deficit through the first eleven minutes. With 8:56 to play, Haymer would again be the culprit, giving the Bobcats their first lead 53-52, since Darius Roper's game opening field goal. Four lead changes and seven ties. A Jonathan Whitson field goal with 0:29 seconds to play gave the Tornado the 68-66 lead. Henry Williams had the chance to tie for the Bobcats with four seconds to play but was unable to connect on both of his free throw attempts. Dugger sent the Tornado's Nathan Whitmire to the line in the final seconds, sealing the victory for the visitors connecting on both of his free throws.
Brevard was led by Whitmire's game highs in points, 18, and rebounds, six. Darin Dellenger chipped in 15 for the Tornado while Whitson managed 12.
Haymer, (pictured top left), paced the Bobcats with 15 points and four rebounds while Pete Dunbar drained 14 and a pulled down a team high five boards. Williams and Blake Carr contributed nine points each, with Carr scoring all of his from behind the arc.
The Bobcats will travel to Anderson Monday evening for a 7:00pm
tip off, looking to get back into the win column. The Trojans and
Bobcats met the second game of the year at Williams Gymnasium with
Lees-McRae earning the 63-42 victory.