Bobcats Extend Winning Streak to Eight

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The GC men’s basketball team defeated conference opponent Clayton State University Saturday, Feb. 20, 72-60 at the Centennial Center. The Bobcats handed Clayton State their eighth straight loss while inversely pushing the teams win streak to eight games. The Bobcats currently rank second in the Peach Belt Conference at 9-2. The eight game winning streak is second best in the conference behind the Flagler College Saints, nine game win streak, who sit atop the conference with an 11-4 record. 

The Bobcats struggled early in the game as they fell down by as much as 10 points in the first half.

“Our execution started slow,” said assistant coach Ryan Aquino, who is temporarily filling in for Mark Ganious. 

The Bobcats persevered and fought back not only with offense, but with gritty defense. The Bobcats finished the final 12:10 of the first half on a 25-13 run to take a 36-34 lead into halftime. After the break, the Bobcats did not trail again.  

Senior guard Jordan Thomas’ stellar play continued as he finished the game with 18 points while shooting 54.8% from the field. In addition, Thomas corralled three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game. 

While offense is Thomas’ forte, he knows the importance of the other side of the ball.

“Whenever we focus on defense is when we play our best,” Thomas said. “Rebounding and defense are the biggest reasons we are winning right now.”

Other impact players included senior forward Khol Roberts and senior guard Justin Cave who both netted double-digit point games.

In only 16 minutes, Roberts scored 11 points while shooting 62.5% from the field. Roberts also grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Cave, who has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since the first round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament, scored 12 points in 10 minutes while shooting 55.6%. Cave gave the Bobcats an extra spark that they will need as the season goes on.

“He was a big spark for our team,” Aquino said. “All the guys were really excited for him, he was the big standout.”

As the PBC tournament inches closer, the Bobcats look to continue their hot streak next matchup versus the University of North Georgia at home Feb. 25.