The #7-ranked East Georgia State College Bobcats (number one seed) face off against the Central Georgia Tech Cougars (number eight seed) to start off the GCAA conference tournament.
It was an incredible season for the Bobcats, who are ranked for the first time in the program’s history, as they went 27-2 overall and 19-1 in the conference. Hosting the conference tournament definitely gives the Bobcats a huge advantage as they went 14-0 at home this season. The players really feed off the fans and will do so throughout their tournament run.
The leaders on the team are Jordan Johnson (19.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game), Trey Hagood (13.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 4.7 steals per game), and D.J. Felder (14.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game). This is a team with great depth, going 10-deep at times, so while there is pressure on these guys, there are other players that can pick up the slack.
Central Georgia Tech comes into the game with a 10-20 overall record and 6-14 in the conference. The team is ice cold coming into the conference tournament, having lost six of their last seven games to finish the season.
Cam Baker (18.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.6 steals per game) and Tyler Kendrick (17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game) are the leaders for the Cougars.
The Bobcats came away with the victories in both matchups between the two teams this year, with a 92-87 win at home and a 84-76 victory on the road.
In the first game, Baker led all players in scoring with 32, but Felder (24) and Johnson (22) were able to hold off the Cougars second half comeback, as the Bobcats were up 20 at halftime.
In the second matchup, it was a tough game throughout as Bobcats didn’t pull away until the last few minutes of the game. Trey Hagood (19 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, five steals), Brian Pearson (10 points, eight rebounds, four steals), and Coco Brown (14 points, five rebounds, and one assist) were the stars of this game for the Bobcats. Cam Baker went for 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block for the Cougars.
The key for the Bobcats will be not allowing offensive rebounds and slowing down Baker, who averaged 25 points in the two matchups with the Bobcats this season. If they can do those two things, with the home court advantage, they should be able to come away with a victory.