Bobcat Men’s Hoops Closes Season with Win, 85-83

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A put-back by junior Larrentis Thomas (McDonough, Ga.) with 17 ticks left would provide the difference, as the Georgia College men's basketball team (10-16, 6-13 PBC) ended its 2013-14 campaign with a 85-83 win at Armstrong Atlantic State University (8-18, 5-14 PBC) Saturday.

Larrentis Thomas would finish with 16 points and 10 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Ryan Blumenthal (Kennesaw, Ga.) netting 20 points off the pine, thanks in part to four big three-pointers.

Sophomore Terrell Harris (Indiantown, Fla.) scored 16 points and added five rebounds, while senior Royal Thomas (LaGrange, Ga.) netted 14 points, five boards and four steals. Royal Thomas finishes his career on a 19-game streak of double-digit scoring. Sophomore forward Robert Armstrong (Norcross, Ga.) added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

The final two minutes were thrilling, with Royal Thomas completing a three-point play with 1:50 left on the clock for an 83-80 lead. Kyle Callanan knotted the game at 83-83 just four seconds later.

The two teams traded misses, with Royal Thomas pulling in a rebound at 47 seconds left. Harris missed a jumper setting up Larrentis Thomas' thrilling rebound and game-winner.  

The Bobcats were out-shot 49 percent (33-68) to 45 percent (29-65) and out-rebounded 41-35. The difference came at the free-throw line, as Georgia College made good on 20-of-23 and Armstrong had a 9-for-19 night. The Bobcats also doubled up Armstrong in takeaways 10-5.

Hichem Benayad-Cherif did his best to keep the Pirates in the game with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting.

The season has come to a close for Bobcat men's basketball, placing tied for sixth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) West Division. The top four teams advance to the PBC Tournament next week.

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