February 25, 2012

Saints End Season with 14-Point Loss at Montevallo

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

MONTEVALLO, AL – The North Georgia men's basketball season came to an unsuccessful close on Saturday night as they fell to Montevallo 81-67 inside the BankTrust Arena.

The Saints (10-18, 5-12 PBC) fell behind early, were down by 20 at the half, and never caught their stride against the first-place Falcons, ending the season playing the theme of the entire season.

It was poor shooting that plagued North Georgia in their season finale, as they shot just 30 percent (18-60) from the floor. The three-point shooting wasn't much better, finishing only 32 percent (8-25).

Scott Windom led the effort by the Saints as he has done all season long. Windom led the way with 17 points and four rebounds. Windom was 4-for-8 from the three-point line.

It was a rough go for North Georgia this year. They started the season off 2-0 in Peach Belt play, then went on one of the worst stretches in program history. The Saints played many teams down to the last few minutes, but came up short more times than not.

North Georgia will graduate three key players in Chaun Tinney, Elijah Smith and Clarence Tillman. They will return plenty of key players who gained great experience this season.

Travis Core certainly has a bright future for the Saints at the point guard position, along with Michael Varrichione on the inside. Robby Goldsmith and Victor Holder will also return for the senior campaigns next season.

Windom, the team's leading scorer this season, will certainly be looked at to carry the load next season.

Montevallo (21-7, 12-5) will head to the conference tournament next weekend as the No. 1 seed from the PBC West Division.

The Falcons were led again by PBC Player of the Year candidate D.J. Rivera. Rivera finished with a game-high 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double with nine.

Head Coach Chris Faulkner will have a long offseason to plan for next year and solve the many problems that plagued this year's squad. There is also some talent and experience returning for the staff in 2012-13.