February 25, 2020
Lakers stay hot, top PSC for 5th straight victory
Stone scores team-high 24 as GC wins for 8th time in 9 games
Timing is everything – and the Lakers have picked an opportune time to be playing their best basketball of the season.
Garrett College used a 17-2 first-half run Wednesday night to take the lead for good and a 9-0 spurt down the stretch to put the game away as the Lakers (22-7) downed Potomac State College of West Virginia University, 95-80. The Lakers – who avenged a 15-point loss at PSC last month – have won five straight and eight of their last nine.
"The difference is that we’ve just gotten a lot better," said GC head coach Dennis Gibson, comparing his squad’s two games against Potomac State. "And Potomac State is really good."
Keynon Stone scored a team-high 24 points, grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds and dealt 5 assists as a balanced offensive attack produced four double-digit scorers. Cam Selders (13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks) and Nathan Payet (10 points, 10 rebounds) were the other starters in double figures. Malik Whitaker – brought up from the Lakers’ freshman squad – provided a big spark with 14 points off the bench.
"Malik gave us another big guy off the bench," Gibson said of the 6-foot-6 freshman.
The Lakers used their 17-2 run to break away from a 24-24 tie. Ngoye BobManuel started the surge with a jumper in the lane, followed by a Stone hoop and two Whitaker free throws for a 30-24 lead. Markei Hampton’s two free throws pulled the Catamounts within 30-26 before GC reeled off 11 straight points, the last 7 by Meron Ghebreyesus (9 points, team-high 7 assists) as the Laker lead swelled to 15 points.
Potomac State got the deficit back to single digits, 43-34, as Jordan Davis scored eight straight Catamount points. The Lakers, however, used a floater in the lane from Selders and a Stone tip-in to rebuild the lead to 47-34 at the break.
Potomac State made one strong, second-half push, using a 13-3 run to get within 57-54. Corey Allison, who scored 29 of his game-high 32 points in the second half, had 8 points in this run, which Qualeke Bush (14 points) finished off with a 3-point play.
The Lakers, however, responded with their 11-0 surge to regain control of the contest. Payet had two inside hoops and a free throw during the run, which included consecutive slams off turnovers by Whitaker and Merlon Devine (7 points).
D’Monte Brown (5 rebounds) and Oliver Jacquot each scored 7 points off the bench for the Lakers. BobManual added 4 points and 9 rebounds to help the Lakers control the boards.
The Lakers play their final regular-season game of the season Friday night at the College of Southern Maryland. GC will then participate in the NJCAA Region XX tournament at Cecil College March 5-7.
Cortney Walton scored 9 points and Davis added 8 for the Catamounts. Potomac State (16-8-1, including a double-forfeit against Butler County Community College) finishes the regular season by hosting Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday night.