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Men’s basketball wins inaugural game

November 17, 2010

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The men's team triumphed over North Georgia this past Monday night. Photo by Kathleen Layton

On Monday, the Young Harris College men’s basketball team made history by winning their first game in over 40 years.

The Mountain Lions returned home to receive much support from a sold out YHC Recreation Center packed with screaming fans. YHC faced off against Peach Belt Conference member North Georgia College & State University in their home opener, and were able to shock the Saints with a 78-68 victory.

Young Harris (1-1) began the game with a 7-2 run that was capped off by a fast break lay-up by freshman Matt Preston with 16:52 remaining in the first half.

North Georgia (0-1) ; however, would rally back to regain an 8-7 lead off of a jump shot by George Jgerenaia with 14:13 remaining. After the jumper by Jgerenaia, YHC began their rally back to the lead by creating a 13-2 run over the next four minutes of the game to go ahead 20-10 thanks to a made basket by freshman Steven Viterbo with 9:59 remaining in the half.

With 6:35 remaining in the first half, freshman Luke Brackman entered the game for the Mountain Lions and was successful on his first three point attempt which extended the YHC lead to 25-13. Following the made basket, North Georgia made a run to cut the lead to 27-20 that was capped off by a tip-in from Keldrick Coleman with 2:44 left in the half.

The last two minutes of the first half would go in favor of the Mountain Lions as they made an 8-0 run to give them a 35-30 lead going into halftime.

To begin the second half, the Mountain Lions extended their lead to 41-25 thanks to a put-back by freshman Frank Adams with 17:28 left to play in the game. The Saints rallied back; however, by going on a 13-2 run that was capped off by Clarence Tillman to cut the Mountain Lions’ lead to 43-38.
Young Harris responded to with an 11-2 run that was capped off by a made 3-pointer by Viterbo. The Saints would cut the lead to 61-55 over the minutes that followed, but were not able to make the game any closer.

With 2:27 remaining in the game, the Mountain Lions held 69-59 lead and were able to put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the game thanks to a made free throw by Viterbo and a stolen inbounds pass by freshman O’Neil Lubin to give YHC a 72-59 lead with two minutes remaining.
Lubin led the Mountain Lions in scoring with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Viterbo had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Frank Adams recorded 13 points and eight boards. Bryson Robertson chipped in with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds as the Mountain Lions were 28-of-54 shooting for 52 percent.

Jgerenaia and Carl Taylor led North Georgia with 15 points, while Elijah Smith recorded a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Saints were 27-of-65 from the field for 42 percent.

The coaching staff of YHC was pleased with the performance that the team delivered throughout the team’s home opener.

“The key things we’re going to do all season are defend and rebound,” said YHC Head Coach Pete Herrmann. “We held them to 26 percent shooting in the first half and out-rebounded them by five for the game. With our size, that’s a real plus. I thought it was a great team effort. It’s great for all the former players to come back and see. This is just a great win for Young Harris College.”

“It was the best experience I have ever been a part of playing or coaching,” said YHC Assistant Coach Heath Hooper. “I am truly proud to be a part of this program and Young Harris College.

“It was a great experience,” said YHC assistant coach Andre Morgan. “I am very happy for our guys, the community, the students and the administration here at YHC.”
YHC returns to action 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 against Tennessee Wesleyan at the YHC Basketball Arena.

For more coverage of this game, check out the print edition of the Enotah Echoes on Mon., Nov. 22.

  1. Kaitlyn
    November 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Love the picture! Great article too!

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