The Lees-McRae Bobcats men's basketball team fell in non-conference action Saturday afternoon to the visiting Newberry Indians 69-59. The Indians improve their record to 11-12 while the Bobcats fall to 4-20 on the year.
The game started out with three lead changes and two ties in the first four minutes before the Indians started building up the lead they would carry to the end of the game. By 9:35 in the first half the Indians had gained a 14 point lead after Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) sunk two free throws. However, the Bobcats continued to battle whittling the lead back down to seven when freshman Aaron Woodacre (Piney Flats, TN) hit a three at the 7:06 mark off a feed by Aaron Willey (Kingsport, TN). The Indians continued their fight against the Bobcats building on their lead only to have the Bobcats chip away at it again. Newberry advanced their attack, shooting 62.5% for the half and holding the Bobcats scoreless the last four minutes, to build their biggest lead of the half when they scored with eight seconds left on the clock to push the lead to 15 with the score 42-27.
After the break, it was the Bobcats who were first to score when Fishers, IN native Nick DeSchepper made a field goal. DeSchepper persisted in his attack scoring the first ten points in less than four minutes for the Bobcats bringing the Bobcats within eight. The Indians answered back, pulling the lead back up to 15 by taking advantage of missed shots by the youthful Lees-McRae team.
The Bobcats relentlessly pursued the Indians, taking the lead back down to nine points when freshman ReShon Benjamin (Valdosta, GA) hit a field goal with 10:30 left. Newberry pressed in with their defense allowing only two more points by the Bobcats in the next five minutes and extending their lead to 19. Although the Bobcats refused to give up, the lead proved too much to for them in the end, and they succumbed 59-69 to the more experienced squad.
Leading the way for Lees-McRae was freshman Aaron Woodacre with 20 points. Nick DeSchepper also scored in double figures, finishing with 17 points while classmate Aaron Willey pulled down eight rebounds and had three assists in the effort.
Newberry saw four players score in double figures. Cory Etheridge (Columbia, SC) and Martin set the pace with 17 and 16 points respectively. Stephane Bakinde (Yoaunde, Cameroon) added 13 while teammate Grant Domsic chipped in another ten.
Lees-McRae will resume play Wednesday, February 20 when they
host Conference Carolinas opponent Limestone College in Williams
Gymnasium at 7:30pm. Newberry travels to Tusculum College also on
Wednesday, February 20. Tip off is set for 8:00pm.
Pictured: Aaron Woodacre