After a long Christmas break, the East Georgia Bobcats got a tune up for the stretch of the season by going to Tallahassee, FL and competing in the Holiday Classic Tournament. While there they played Tallahassee Community College and Florida State College. They then came back home and played a few more games as Christmas break began to wind down.
With their game against TCC, the Bobcats suffered their first loss of the season as the fell by a score of 91-73. It was a game where the long layoff showed and the team didn’t play great defense. They were outrebounded, turned the ball over, and didn’t shoot as well as they have most of the year.
Tre’ Hagood put together a very good game despite the final score, scoring 18 points with three rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. D.J. Felder put together a solid effort as well, scoring 13 rebounds with six rebounds. Jon Blair also put on yet another slam dunk contest worthy performance, throwing down four jams and ending up with 17 points and two rebounds.
Despite that, the team was still able to rebound and played very well in the second game as they won 89-76. The defense was superb as they held Florida State College to a 36.6 percent mark from the field and outrebounded them by seven.
Hagood nearly put up a quadruple-double in this one, scoring 24 points with six rebounds, 10 assists, and seven steals. It was yet another performance that showed his all-around versatility.
Felder really found himself in this game, posting strong numbers with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Blair also put up another strong effort with 14 points and five rebounds.
After the tournament, the Bobcats, standing at 11-1, played Florida State College again at home and came away with a 77-61 victory.
It was a game that showed Johnson scoring an incredible 30 points on 10-15 shooting, including going six-of-nine from behind the three point arc. He also added two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Hagood “only” scored seven points, but added four rebounds, three steals, and an amazing 11 assists, continuing to show his versatility on the stat sheet. Felder added eight points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, and a block.
The Bobcats then hosted conference foe Gordon College a few days later and pulled off another victory by a score of 95-81.
Johnson once again led the Bobcats in scoring as he ended up with 22 while also adding four rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Hagood nearly put up a triple-double as he left the game with 15 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals.
Larry Bullock put together another strong effort with 18 points, four rebounds, and six assists. Felder also nearly put up a triple-double with 11 points, 10 steals, nine rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. It was his best all-around statistical game of the season.
The Bobcats then hosted Georgia Perimeter College on January 9th and came away with another impressive win by a score of 83-65. IT was a very important conference game for both teams as both came in hot, but the Bobcats pulled away and continued to show impressive home court advantage.
Johnson only scored five points in the first half, but exploded with 18 in the second half to help pull away from the Jaguars. He also added four rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
Hagood finally put up a triple-double against the Jaguars with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. That doesn’t even count his eight steals that would have given him the first quadruple-double in program history.
Felder went for 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block. Pearson helped him down low by going for four points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Bullock went for 15 points, three rebounds, and one steal.
The Bobcats then had their toughest conference game of the year when they had to visit Waycross College and their hostile crowd. The game was extremely physical throughout with some questionable calls.
The Bobcats found themselves down 39-31 at the half with no momentum and a struggling offense. That changed in the second half as the Bobcats continued to battle back into the game. It seemed just when the Bobcats were about to tie the game up or were on their big run, Waycross would get a big shot to kill momentum. That finally changed late as the teams began to swap leads as the final minute loomed.
The big change in the game was a three-point fade-away shot from Johnson as the shot clock expired. After the shot, Brian Byrd stole the inbounds and flushed a dunk, putting the Bobcats on top for good. Several clutch free throws later, the Bobcats walked off the court with a 72-68 win.
The Bobcats won a game on the road without playing their basketball, one of the keys to being a great basketball team. Despite not shooting as well as he has most of the year, Johnson ended with 22 points while adding four rebounds and two assists.
Hagood once again nearly put up a triple-double with 15 points, including several big threes, with four rebounds, seven assists, and seven steals.
Felder was huge down low with 19 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.
All-in-all, the Bobcats suffered their first loss, but stood strong through adversity by winning every game since, putting them at 15-1 on the season with a 7-0 record in the conference. Their strong play has, for the first time in program history, put them in the top 25 as they are currently ranked 23rd in the country.
Their next game is against conference foe Georgia Highlands on Wednesday 16th, in Cartersville, GA.