MONTREAT, NC - In front of a loud, sell-out crowd at McAlister Gymnasium on Wednesday night, the Montreat College men's basketball team got back in the win column in a big way, knocking off Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Milligan, 71-60.
Despite the final outcome, it was the visiting Buffaloes who got off to a fast start, racing to a 22-7 lead midway through the first half. The Cavaliers would soon come to life, chipping away at the lead until Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) completed a three-point play to give the Cavs a a 25-24 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half. A basket from Sean Doman (SO/Queens, NY) gave Montreat a 30-25 lead but the Buffaloes would close the gap late in the half and take a 36-35 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Cavaliers went without a field goal for the first 5:03 of the frame until Doman knocked down a basket to cut the Milligan lead to 44-41. The Buffaloes would grow their lead to seven points and would stay out in front until another Doman bucket tied the game at 58-58 with 4:30 left to play in the contest. From there the Cavaliers would take command, scoring the final 12 points of the contest to pull away with the victory. The Cavalier defense clamped down late, holding Milligan to only one field goal for the final 8:39 of the game, while going on a 23-5 run to close out the match.
Sean Doman led three Cavs in double figures with 14 points on 6-11 shooting. Spencer Norris (FR/Sylva, NC) chipped in 13 points, including a pair of big three-pointers down the stretch to pad the lead for the Cavaliers. Ryan Bethoney (SR/Tampa, FL) added 11 points and eight rebounds while Amir Davis (FR/Charlotte, NC) led all players in rebounds with 10 to go along with seven points.
Montreat held a 54-44 rebounding advantage and forced 12 turnovers from the Buffaloes. Both teams struggled to score as the Cavaliers held Milligan to 31% shooting (22-71) while connecting on 37% (27-62) of their own shots.
Montreat will return to action on Saturday, January 30th as they take on #6 Union College. Tipoff is set for 6pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought game against Appalachian Athletic Conference rival and #21 ranked Milligan 76-69 on Wednesday night at McAlister Gymnasium.The loss drops the Lady Cavs to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in the AAC.
Montreat got out strong early, racing to a 20-14 lead after the first period. The Lady Cavs would grow that lead to 33-25 at halftime behind nine points from Niroshka Perez (JR/Asheville, NC). After standout Darah DeWalt (FR/Charlotte, NC) was sent to the bench midway through the third period after picking up her fourth foul, the Buffaloes mounted a run and took a 47-45 lead going into the final frame. In the fourth period, the Buffaloes used a 13-5 run to take a 67-56 lead with 3:14 to play. The Cavaliers would threaten but could not quite make up the difference as Milligan secured the victory with strong free-throw shooting late in the contest.
Montreat held the Buffaloes to only 38% shooting for the night but Milligan was able to connect from deep, hitting 9-15 three-pointers. The Lady Cavs hit on 40% of their shots (25-62) on the night.
Arianna Williams (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) led Montreat with 19 points on 8-17 shooting while adding eight rebounds and four assits. Shannon Jackson (SR/Charleston, SC) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with 16 points while Darah DeWalt scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Niroshka Perez finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.
Head Coach Meghan Austin had this to say of her team's performance: "I am proud of our team for coming out and competing tonight. Milligan proved why they are the top team in the AAC; they closed out the game. We will continue to learn from games like tonight and keep competing and fighting."
Montreat returns to action on Saturday, January 30th as they travel to face Union College at 2pm.
MONTREAT, NC - Montreat College head men's soccer coach Brenton Benware has announced the signing of Jonathan Kayembe to a letter of intent for the 2016-2107 year.
Jonathan played for West Charlotte High School in Charlotte NC, for his first three years, before transferring to Jay M. Robinson High in Cabarrus County for his senior year. During his sophomore and junior years, Jonathan was selected for the All-Region team. Jonathan was selected to the All-Conference team in his senior year and was a member of the One7 Academy's U17 and U18 club teams.
"Attending Montreat College is a blessing that God has given me an opportunity to lead and learn about him in all aspects of life," said Kayembe. "My goal and hope during my time at Montreat College, in terms of the soccer program, would be that God grants us the strength and wisdom to play fair and Christ-like. Just like I was taught at One7, to honor God whether we win, lose or draw, but most importantly to challenge each other to work harder and improve our play."
Coach Benware on Jonathan - "I'm really excited to bring Jonathan into our program. He's a very good player with top work rate and passion. I'm excited about his shared vision in our program and his desire to pour his life into others."