November 12th, 2019
High-scoring Laker men blitz Middlesex and CCAC
Lady Lakers start off Friday's Middlesex sweep with 73-63 win
Not a single returning Laker averaged double figures in scoring during the 2018-19 men's basketball season. That statistic, however, was not a source of concern for Garrett College head coach Dennis Gibson heading into the new campaign.
"We've scrimmaged some really good teams and we've been able to score the ball," Gibson said before last Friday's season opener against Middlesex County College.
After two games, Gibson's offensive optimism seems pretty well-founded. Seven different Lakers scored in double figures as GC routed Middlesex, 87-59, and then blew past Community College of Allegheny County, 125-81, on Saturday night.
Oliver Jacquot scored a team-high 16 points off the bench while teammates Nathan Payet (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Strahinja Ivic (14 points, 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles against Middlesex. D'Monte Brown scored 13 points in a reserve role while Ron Gheybreyesus chipped in 12 points for the Lakers, who built a 45-34 halftime lead.
Gheybreyesus (5 assists, 3 rebounds) scored a team-high 22 points against CCAC, followed closely by Brown's 19 and Merlon Devine's 18. Cam Selders chipped in 15 points while Ivic added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Payet and Jacquot (game-high 6 assists) both just missed double figures with 9 points each.
Shyheim Faulkner scored a game-high 30 points for CCAC, but none of Faulkner's teammates had more than 13 points.
GC had the game well under control at the break with a 65-39 halftime cushion.
The Lakers play at Westmoreland County Community College Friday at 7 p.m. and host Bryant & Stratton Saturday at 5 p.m.
GC 73, Middlesex Co. 63
Kayla Harris scored 16 points Friday night to lead five Lady Lakers into double figures as the Garrett College women won their season-opening contest.
Reserves Terynn Williams (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Arionna Liberati (13 points) and starters Tiera Johnson (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Sharatia Jefferson (10 points, 6 rebounds, team-high 6 assists) also scored in double figures. Kiara Cole (2 points) contributed 8 rebounds for the Lady Lakers.
Middlesex, facing a 12-1 deficit after one quarter, pulled into a 32-32 tie at the half. Unfazed, the Lady Lakers rebuilt a 47-42 lead going into the fourth quarter and then exploded for 26 points in the final period to pull away.
The Lady Lakers play at Westmoreland County Community College Friday at 5 p.m. and host Bryant & Stratton Saturday at 3 p.m.