Tornado Back on Track with 73-62 Win Over Bobcats
King (21-5, 13-1) took the lead for the first time near the eight-minute mark of the first half and held it for the duration of the game outside of a two-minute span of time. A 22-19 Bobcat lead evaporated with 6:40 left when Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) hit a three to tie the game at 22. Logan Lyle was fouled on a three-point attempt where he hit all three of his ensuing free throw attempts to take a 25-22 lead. The last two minutes of the game helped break a 30-30 tie when King finished scoring seven of the last nine points of the half capped off by a three pointer from Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.). A pair of Jeremiah Henry free throw makes kept the game within five points at the half, 37-32.
The Tornado began its breakaway just under the 11-minute mark behind one of Michael Fortune's two three pointers on the night to begin a 9-0 run. Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) hit a trey followed with a layup by Lyle after a LMC turnover to turn the contest into a 12-point game, 58-46, heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
Lees-McRae battled back with a pair of three pointers inside the final six minutes to make for a five-point game, 62-57. Brandon Goss converted an and-one opportunity after attacking the basket to make for an eight-point game, 68-60. After taking over possession following a missed shot attempt from D.J. Brown, Goss followed up with a rebound and was fouled on the play to send him back to the line for a one-and-one chance. Goss hit both of his attempts leading to a 10-point advantage with under a minute to go. King held on to the lead and extended it to 11 before the final horn sounded.
Brandon Goss set a new season-high with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting including six free throw makes on seven attempts. Of his 19 points, 14 came in the second half in addition to his five rebounds in the half.
Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) recorded his first double-double of his career, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds against the Bobcats. Lyle has recorded nine straight games of 14 or more points, including three 20-plus point nights. He also contributed a team game-high four rebound and three steals.
King (21-5, 13-1) will play its final away contest at Pfeiffer University on Feb. 18 as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Tornado and Falcons will take the court in Misenheimer, N.C., at 7:30 p.m., tentatively. The Tornado will follow with the season finale at home against Erksine for Senior Night on Feb. 24.