The Gilmer High School Bobcats dropped an overtime 68-63 heartbreaker last Friday night, on the road at Ridgeland.
Identical to their female counterparts in the game before, the Cats battled the Panthers to a 13-13 deadlock by the end of the first quarter. The competitive pace of the contest continued until halftime, with a Ridgeland three-point shot at the 90-second mark giving the Panthers a 25-24 lead. Kanyon Smith and Samuel McArthur missed a shot and putback, respectively, at the buzzer to send the game into halftime with Ridgeland ahead 29-24.
The battle raged on in the third, with both teams swapping the lead. Gilmer garnered the lead on a Chandler Cantrell bucket to take a 33-32 lead and came out at the end of the period ahead, 45-41. The final eight minutes saw Ridgeland surge back and tie the game 58-58 on a three-point shot with 1:09 remaining in regulation. Neither side managed to break the stalemate before the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime.
Jake Ray provided the Cats with five points in the free period, but the Panthers doubled his performance and picked up a 68-63 victory.
“Turnovers. Turnovers is what killed us,” said GHS coach Jordan Hice. “We built up an eight-point lead, but we started turning the ball over again. We just couldn’t fight back from the turnovers.”
After a loss to Pickens last Saturday, the Bobcats sit at 5-15 (2-10 in Region 7AAAA play) for the year. They will host Lafayette for senior night tomorrow, before finishing the regular season in a make-up game at Pickens Thursday.
JV trounces Panthers
After leading 34-9 at halftime, the JV Bobcats easily put away Ridgeland with a 57-37 victory.
“We played very hard and aggressive,” Hice said. “We did a good job on the press and got a lot of turnovers from the press. We shot really well, drove to the basket and finished shots. We built up a big lead and played excellent defense.”
Leading the crowded scoring pack for Gilmer was Kell Weaver, who tallied 24 points in the contest. Noah Chastain had 13, while Dillan Ledford recorded 10. Parker Benitez had four, while Tyler Sims, Tripp Pierce and Jonathan Hoek added two each.
The JV Bobcats will finish their season tomorrow, when they host the Lafayette Ramblers.
STATS (varsity Bobcats):
Samuel McArthur: 19 points, two rebounds, one steal, 4/5 on free throws.
Jake Ray: 19 points, eight rebounds, one steal, 5/6 on free throws.
Cole Edmondson: Six points, seven rebounds, 4/7 on free throws.
Chandler Cantrell: Four points, two rebounds.
Riley Hice: Three points, two rebounds, one steal, one block, 1/1 on free throws.
Josh White: Three points, one rebound.
Kanyon Smith: Two points, one rebound.
Issac Hensley: Two points.
J.T. Bosley: Five rebounds, one steal.
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