By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Georgia College Men's Basketball (10-8, 4-5 PBC) lost a close battle to Young Harris College (12-6, 6-3 PBC), 75-60. The match was a tight contest throughout, with Young Harris pulling away after knocking down 13-of-16 free throws over the final four minutes. Freshman Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) kept the Bobcats in the game with his third consecutive double-double, while three more Bobcats inched into double-digit scoring before the final buzzer.
The Bobcats came out strong, keeping the game within reach before halftime. While Young Harris dominated the lead the majority of the match, Georgia College's defense was able to hold the Mountain Lions to 34 points before half, just three points ahead of the Blue and Green visitors.
Throughout the majority of the second half, the Bobcats volleyed to keep the Young Harris lead at bay. Twice the Bobcats tied the ballgame and even stole the lead with a three-pointer courtesy of Drew Romich (Marietta), but the clock favored the home team. The Georgia College offense could not come back from Young Harris' quick scoreboard domination and fell after a hard-fought battle with the Peach Belt Conference West's top team.
Freshman Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) led the Bobcat squad with 12 points, making this his fourth career double-digit game.
Point guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) once again went north of 10 points. His 11-point game tied with Austin Dukes (Lawrenceville) for the second best on the Bobcat team. Dukes led the bench, shooting 3-for-5 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the line.
Roberts created his second double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 points. He dominated Bobcat boards and helped the Blue and Green combine for 37 total rebounds, three better than their opponents.
The Bobcats host the Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes next, Saturday, Jan. 28. Live broadcast will be available on the Bobcat Broadcast Network and Country 102.3 FM. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Center.
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