GC Men’s Basketball Defense Dominates in the Lakers’ Loch, 60-51

The GC bench celebrates after a drained field goal.

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By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant

MORROW, Ga. – Georgia College Men's Basketball (12-8, 6-5 PBC) added a second "W" to its streak thanks in part to 18 points from point guard Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) and a huge 50 percent team shooting past the arc. Bobcats took just their second road win in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Wednesday against the Clayton State University Lakers (11-11, 6-7 PBC), 60-51.

Georgia College came back from an early 13-7 deficit with four unanswered three-point buckets, three courtesy of the Bobcats' three-point charmer Mark McCorkle (Cumming) and an extra sunk from Mitchell-LaFlam. That gave the Bobcats a six-point lead from which the Lakers were never able to recover. The Blue and Green went into the lockerroom at halftime up by six, 32-26.

The Peach Belt's top defense once again prowled the court. The Bobcats held the Lakers to just 16 shots in the second half, the Lakers only hitting half. Another blow to the Clayton offense was their soft shooting from the line, nailing only 47 percent of the 17 shots given. The Bobcats finished the match at 60-51. The scoreboard favored the visitors by 13 with just 42 seconds left, the biggest deficit of the entire contest. 

Mitchell-LaFlam recorded his fifth-straight double-digit scoring game with 18 points. He drained 6-of-11 from the floor, four of those garnering the Bobcats three points apiece. DML was also perfect from the line and added six boards and two steals before the final buzzer.

Kohl Roberts (Atlanta) took the second-best spot on the Bobcat roster. His 12-point game also marks his fifth-straight north of 10. Roberts missed his fourth double-double of the season by just one rebound, leading the Cats with nine. He proves to be a big force for the Georgia College offense and defense, as he stole four balls and blocked a pair.

Isaac Thomas (Trion) also had a solid performance. His eight boards and nine points add to his team-topping numbers for the season.

The Bobcats hit the road again Saturday for another conference battle, this time in Dahlonega. They take on the University of North Georgia Nighthawks at 3:30 p.m. as Georgia College continues to scratch its way closer to the postseason. The next home match will be a battle of the cats against the Columbus State University Cougars, Monday, Feb. 6. Scheduled tip-off in the Centennial Center is 7:30 p.m.

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