|Final - Men's Basketball||1||2||F|
|Nov. 19, 2014|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|2 Players (#12,#13) - 13||Points||2 Players (#00,#12) - 27|
|3 Players - 4||Rebounds||#00 Brandon Cole - 9|
|4 Players - 2||Assists||#1 Oteriah Lee - 9|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|42.9% (27 - 63)||Field Goals %||59.7% (37 - 62)|
|34.6% (9 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||52.2% (12 - 23)|
|61.1% (11 - 18)||Free Throws||85.7% (12 - 14)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||10|
Dayton, Tenn. - In a packed gym on Wednesday night, the Lions of Bryan College took the court against a very athletic Bluefield College Rams basketball team. The Rams came into Summers Gymnasium with a record of 2-2, having won their previous two games including the Appalachian Athletic Conference opener against Point University by 15 points. The Lions entered the evening with a perfect 6-0 record (2 exhibition losses) and 1-0 in AAC play after defeating St. Andrews on their home floor by 21 points.
The starting five for the Lions were again at their best as junior, forward Brandon Cole looked to continue to lead the team underneath. Freshman guards Oteriah Lee and Tyler Yoder complimented the play of junior guard Robert Troino on the perimeter and senior forward Alan Holt patrolled the paint for the Lions.
The first half started with a back and forth game as both teams efficiently attacked their opponent's defense. The play of Cole underneath the basket provided early consistency for the Lions as he had 8 of the team's first 13 points and at the first timeout the Lions found themselves up 13-8.
Bluefield's Mike Collins shot the Rams back into the game and following several turnovers by the Lions, Bluefield found themselves with their first lead of the game 23-19 at the 10 minute mark of the first half. Following a timeout to stem the Bluefield momentum, Bryan turned to freshman guards Lee and Yoder to ignite the crowd with a alley-oop. The dunk by Yoder seemed to reenergize the Lion defense who turned up the pressure, forcing several quick shots by the Rams and the game turned in Bryan's favor for good.
The Lions found themselves up by 10 at the half, 48-38 on strong shooting by Troino and Yoder who took advantage of the interior pressure put on Cole leaving them as open targets on the outside.
The second half was all Lions as an impressive offensive show was put on by the trio of Troino, Yoder and Cole. The efficiency on offense and intensity on defense was too much for the Rams who folded quickly as the game got out of hand. Midway through the second half the Lions led by 20, 66-46 and continued to pour on the pressure. One of the keys to the second half surge was the consecutive stops the Lions' put together on defense leading to a 26-8 run to start the half.
Off the bench, the Lions got key minutes from senior forward Mike Tomlin and freshman Brice Cusick. Tomlin would finish with 8 points, an assist and 3 blocks in key relief for the Lions. While Cusick was scoreless, the big freshman recorded 3 key rebounds and a block to contribute to the Lions dominance in the paint.
Senior, Caleb Parsons, also played important minutes off the bench for Bryan Head Coach Don Rekoske. The senior spelled freshman, Lee, at key points of both halves allowing the freshman needed rest. Parson would finish the night with 5 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
"One of the keys to our consistency of play has not only been the work of Cole, Troino and Yoder but the rotation off the bench," Coach Rekoske remarked. "Our team plays well together no matter who is on the floor and I was very pleased with our effort tonight."
The Lions shared the ball well once again, recording 26 assists on the night with 6 different players getting into the assist column. Individually, the Lions were led by Troino and Cole who each had 27 points, with Troino making 7 three pointers on 12 shots. He also recorded 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cole was efficient as usual on 11 of 16 shooting and 5 of 6 from the three point line. Yoder added 18 points and Lee was very efficient at the point guard position, turning in his best performance of the year with 9 assists, 1 rebound and 0 turnovers.
Bryan travels to Point University on Saturday for their first road contest in AAC play. Follow the game online with live footage and stats at www.bryanlions.com.