HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Unlike their female counterparts, the Coker men’s basketball team was on the other side of a buzzer beater shot on Thursday night, losing to the Limestone College Saints 62-61 on a basketball made by the Saints Danny Friend as time expired.
The Cobra men came out ready to continue their winning ways for 2011 and they looked poised to do it as they took a six point lead into halftime against the Saints who are in first place in the Conference Carolinas standings and have yet to loss a conference game.
In the second half Coker continued to pour on the offense leading by as much as 12 with just nine minutes to go, but Limestone was not ready to just roll over. The Saints used a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to cut the Cobra lead to just one point. For the with time winding down either team was able to gain a significant edge over the other, as the lead changed four times over the remaining five minutes.
The Cobras clung to a narrow one point lead thanks to a three point play by Vatrick Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) with just 48 seconds left. On the in suing Limestone play Michael Barrett had his shot attempted block by Liam Kyle (Cleveland, Ohio), but an errant turnover by Thompson gave the Saints the ball back with 23 ticks left.
A solid Cobra defense forced a wild shot by Stewart Clark with just seconds left, but on the rebound the Cobras’ Joselle Bracy (Ruby, S.C.) was unable stay inbounds and Limestone was able to regain possession with just one second left on the clock. Then it was Friend’s heroic shot from inside the paint as time expired that gave the Saints the 62-61 win.
Kyle was the Cobras leading scorer and rebounder on the night with 15 points and eight rebounds will Thompson had 14 points, all in the second half and eight rebounds. Bracy finished the night with 12 points and three boards.
The Saints were led by Jarrell Douglass and his game high 21 points and seven rebounds. Clark had nine points, while Friend finished with seven and Joe Raga had a game high 11 rebounds.
Coker returns to the hardwood on Monday, when they travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College in a conference game at 7:30 p.m.