Hartsville, SC- In a crazy game full of twists and turns, the Coker men’s basketball team picked up their second straight Conference Carolinas win in the last three days, as they defeated Erskine College by a score of 70-68. The win brings the Cobras record to 5-6 overall, and 3-2 in the conference, while the Flying Fleet drop to 3-6 overall, and 0-4 in the conference.
In a game that took nearly ten minutes before either team even reached double digit scoring, there was some major controversy to end the first half. With just seconds left in the half, Erskine’s T.J. Taylor drove the lane looking for a lay-up, but was unable to reach the basket. After a couple of missed rebounds, Erskine’s James Farley tried to get the balled tipped in with just one second left, but the shot clock sounded and it was thought the half was over. In all the commotion the referees assumed the ball had fallen through the hoop, and therefore awarded the basket to Erskine. But that is far from the end of the play, during halftime the referees discussed the play and upon further review determined that they had incorrectly awarded the final Erskine basket. The score was corrected before the start of the second half, giving Coker a 31-26 lead, rather than a 31-28 lead.
In the second half, Erskine turned up the pressure and battled back to within eight points with just 18 seconds left. Brandon Wright’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds left cut the lead to five, but a Coker foul sent Wright to the foul line, and cutting the deficit to just four points. Coker committed a costly foul sending Erskine again to the charity stripe, and dropping the Cobras lead to just three, but thanks to Lukas Varga’s (Pawleys Island, SC) pair of clutch free throws, Coker was up by five again. Wright hit another 3-pointer as time ran out, with the final score being 70-68, making the two point play at the end of the first half even more crucial.
Leading the Coker offense was Josh Poston (Myrtle Beach, SC) with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Mason Ambler (Atlanta, GA) netted 12 points with eight rebounds. Stevie Evans (Columbia, SC) and Varga each scored nine points with three rebounds, while Evans dished out four assists and Varga handed out three.
For the Flying Fleet, Wright led all scorers with 21 points and five rebounds, going 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, while Taylor scored 15 points with three assists.
Coker returns to the floor on Saturday, as they travel to Belmont Abbey College, while Erskine travels to Pfeiffer University. Both games tip-off at 4:00 p.m.