On October 13th, the East Georgia State Bobcats men’s basketball team showed why many people are looking at them as top contenders in the GCAA. Playing three games at a tournament at Columbus State, the Bobcats swept the games, showing depth and grit in an impressive weekend.
In the first game, the Bobcats defeated USC-Salkahatchie 71-52 behind strong defensive play and a balanced offense that was making shots. Jordan Johnson was the star of the game, scoring 17 points seven of 11 shooting with five assists and two steals.
Coming off the bench, Alex Reid also showed some strong play, shooting four of four to score 10 points while dishing an assist and getting three steals. Da’Vanon Felder also played well, scoring six points with five rebounds, one assist, and three steals.
The team as a whole shot 53.3 percent and held the Indians to just a 33.3 mark from the field. It was an all-around dominant game and definitely the most complete effort of the weekend.
In the second game, the Bobcats defeated Wallace State by a score of 34-29. This game was a defensive struggle as the Bobcats got open looks but doesn’t execute, but still did enough to get the win.
Felder was the star of the game for the Bobcats, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist, and three steals. Tre’ Hagood was impressive as well, scoring seven points with five rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Overall, the Bobcats shot just 26.9 percent from the field, but made the shots when they needed them down the stretch for the win. Their defense was stifling, causing the Lions to turn the ball over 23 times. The Bobcats showed a lot of heart and grit in a tough win.
In the last game, the Bobcats focused more on improving their depth and seeing some of the freshmen in action, as the starters didn’t play at all against a team from Tampa, beating them 65-40. Gary Bailey was the leading scorer in the game with 16 points while adding four rebounds.
Jon Blair scored 15 points with eight rebounds, one assist, and three steals. Brian Pearson (eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal) and Jalen Watson (eight points, eight rebounds, and two assists) both impressed down low and were impressive throughout the weekend.
Overall, it was a very impressive weekend for the Bobcats, who showed depth and scored in a variety of ways. The Bobcats have good size down low as they out-rebounded the opponents in every game. The Bobcats will look to continue their impressive play as the regular season approaches.