CTC HOOPS: Golden Eagles Get Home Sweep Of Central Georgia Tech
EMERSON – Chattahoochee Tech basketball took both games at LakePoint on Monday night against Central Georgia Tech in crucial GCAA contests, with the women winning 71-65 and the men getting a 96-91 victory.
The men’s team (20-7, 8-5) won its fifth-straight conference game by outlasting Central Georgia Tech (19-7, 9-3) thanks to clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch. Jamion Simpson was 4-of-4 from the line in the final 20 seconds, and Malik Jordan also hit two free throws with the game still in doubt in the final seconds.
Simpson played all 40 minutes in the game and tied for the game-high in points with 28, hitting four of five threes and going 6-of-6 from the line for the game to go with five rebounds. Nkem Ojeh came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 12 rebounds, and Jordan scored 15 points with six assists and five boards.
Philip Garner had 12 points, and Tony Pruitt had 10 on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals. Jalen Mitchell chipped in nine points.
The Golden Eagles fell behind early, with Central Georgia Tech taking the largest lead of the game at 27-11 in the first half. But CTC fought back to take a 42-40 lead at halftime after a Jeremiah Shaw tip-in at the buzzer. CTC also trailed 80-77 late in the game but went on a 7-0 run to take a four-point lead with 3:20 remaining.
The Lady Golden Eagles (20-8, 5-7) also fell behind early in their game against the Lady Titans but rallied from a 40-29 first-half deficit. CTC eventually caught CGTC (11-17, 3-9) at 50-50 heading into the fourth quarter on a Jaylah Carr lay-in and took the lead 52-50 after Mariya Trimble scored the first bucket of the final period.
The women needed clutch free-throw shooting as well in the closing moments of the game, and Tymeshia Dozier was 3-of-4 from the line in the final minute to help seal the victory. Dozier and Trimble led the way with 21 points apiece, with Dozier getting four rebounds, three assists and three steals and Trimble grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. The double-double was Trimble’s 14th of the season.
Carr had seven points, and Skylar Rossi added five points. Jaida Oladeji pulled down 13 boards, including five offensive rebounds. CTC held Central Georgia Tech to 1-of-14 shooting from three, 0-for-7 in the second half.
Both teams maintain their hold on fourth place in the conference standings as the men have three GCAA regular-season games remaining before the conference tourney and the women have two left. The Golden Eagles play next this Wednesday at Georgia Highlands, which is No. 1 in the standings for men’s hoops and No. 2 on the women’s side. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. with the men following at 7:30.