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YHC falls in season opener

November 14, 2010

By Ethan Burch, Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On Saturday, the Young Harris College men’s basketball team fell to Virginia Intermont College 73-71 in their first game of the season.

The season opener for YHC was held in the Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Bobcats.

At the half, the Mountain Lions (0-1) trailed 41-26 to the Cobras of Virginia Intermont (1-4). This lead would not last long; however, YHC was able to come out of the half with an 18-0 run in the first six minutes of the second half to gain a 44-41 lead.

With 9:34 remaining in the game, YHC extended their lead to 56-45 off of a lay-up by freshman Bryson Robertson, which would be the team’s largest of the game.

Virginia Intermont would later use a 14-5 run to cut the Mountain Lions’ lead to 61-59. The Cobras went on to get their second lead of the game off of a lay-up by Marquette Knight which resulted in 64-63 advantage.

With 2:09 left, Virginia Intermont extended their lead to 70-66 thanks to a bucket by Knight.

The Mountain Lions; however, would use a rally late in the game to tie the score at 71-71 with the help of a lay-up by freshman Matt Preston with 11 seconds remaining.

In the final seconds of the game, YHC freshman Phillip Uys blocked an attempt by Virginia Intermont out of bounds, which set up the following possession that would won the game for the Cobras.

With four-tenths of a second remaining in the game, Marquette Knight tipped in a missed shot to lift the Cobras over the Mountain Lions for a 73-71 Virginia Intermont victory. This was the first win of the season for Virginia Intermont College.

Freshman O’Neil Lubin led the Mountain Lions in scoring with 20 points. Robertson had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while freshman Steve Viterbo finished the game with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. YHC shot 27-of-68 from the floor for a team shooting percentage of 40 percent.

Young Harris returns to action with its home opener 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15 at the YHC Basketball Arena against Peach Belt Conference member North Georgia College & State University.


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