Montreat, NC - The Montreat College men's basketball team got the holiday season off to a great start as they defeated Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Truett-McConnell 92-79 on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Gymnasium.
The Cavaliers (2-7, 1-4 AAC) would grab a 15-14 lead early before the Bears went on a run to push their lead to nine with a few minutes remaining in the first half. Montreat would end the half on a 9-0 run with Jaspin Canteen (SR/Jacksonville, FL) scoring the final seven points of the half to even the score at 35 going into the break.
The second half would remain close until a three-pointer from Cody Miller (FR/Canton, GA) capped an 8-0 Montreat run to push the lead to 65-53. The Cavaliers would never let the lead dip below seven points the rest of the way as they wrapped up their most decisive finish of the season.
Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) had an outstanding effort for the Cavaliers, leading the team with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three blocks. Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) scored 17 points while dishing out 5 assists and grabbing three rebounds. Sam McKinney (FR/Bakersville, NC) scored 16 points for the Cavaliers, including hitting 4-8 from threee-point range. Jaspin Canteen finished with 14 points, including the decisive points that pulled the Cavaliers even at the end of the first half.
Despite getting outrebounded 51-33, Montreat made up for it with a strong defensive effort, limiting the Bears to 36% shooting, including only 4-20 from three-point range. The Cavaliers tallied 16 assists while shooting 42% for the game, including 17-31 (55%) in the second half. Montreat was also strong from the free throw line, connecting on 19-23 (83%) shots for the game.
The Cavaliers return to action on Wednesday, December 16 when travel to play NCAA Division II opponent Winston-Salem State in their penultimate exhibition game of the season. Game time is set for 6:00pm.
Milligan College, TN - The Montreat College men's basketball team dropped a hard-fought 68-66 decision to Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Milligan College on Saturday evening.
After a first half that saw both sides step up with strong defensive efforts, the Buffs took a 29-25 lead into halftime. Milligan would grow their lead to as many as eleven in the second half before Montreat would tie the game when Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) scored in the paint with 29 seconds to go after a strong drive to the basket. Milligan would retake the lead on a basket with six seconds remaining and kept the Cavaliers from scoring again in their final possession to end the game.
Mobley led the Cavaliers with 14 points while adding five rebounds. Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) added 11 points and eight rebounds while Deonte Patterson (JR/Atlanta, GA) contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
After the game, head coach Garrett Jones said, "It always hurts to fall short, especially against a great program like Milligan. I have a lot of respect for Coach Robinson and how his kids play. My guys battled all night and in the end Milligan simply made one more play than we did. We showed great resolve all night and I'm extremely proud of how my guys continued to fight adversity in a tough environment. We will continue to work and learn how we can get better and grow as a team"
The Cavaliers return to action Monday night when they travel to take on NCAA Division I Presbyterian College in an exhibition matchup set to tipoff at 7pm.
Waleska, GA - The Montreat College men's basketball team dropped a 95-80 decision to Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Point University on Wednesday night.
After getting off to a slow start, the Cavaliers went on a late run, almost erasing a 17-point deficit as Point took a 44-40 lead into halftime. In the second half, Montreat was able to briefly grab the lead but the SkyHawks came out firing, pushing the lead to double-digits by the middle of the half. Hot shooting helped Point take control of the game for good as they connected on 16-28 shots (57%) in the half while holding the Cavaliers to 11-32 shooting (38%).
Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) led the way for the Cavaliers (1-6, 0-3 AAC) with 24 points on 9-17 shooting. Frank Swift (FR/Orlando, FL) added 13 points while Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) led the team with 8 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
Montreat will return to action on Saturday, December 5th as they travel to take on AAC rival Milligan. Game time is set for 4pm.