Rival upsets Bulldogs
By Greg Sullivan
Coming off a win at Oglethorpe on Tuesday and carrying with them a 5-0 region mark, the Bulldogs held a flimsy lead for much of Friday's game with Greene County, only to see things snap in the final minute before a soldout home crowd.
The Dogs scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to go up 44-37, but from that point on the story was missed free throws and turnovers for the home team.
Greene had things tied up 50-50 by the time the clock read 1:17 in the fourth quarter. With possession, the Tigers elected to play for the final shot, banking one in with four seconds left to win the game 52-50, getting revenge for a 78-73 Morgan County win in Greensboro two weeks ago.
Bulldog Head Coach Charlemagne Gibbons pointed to free throws as the root of the problem Friday night.
"We shoot a million of them everyday," Gibbons said. "It's just a lack of concentration and confidence."
The team missed 16 shots from the foul line in the loss, a critical amount considering the narrow margin of the loss. Plenty of those were in the game's final minutes and five were the front ends of one and ones.
Another thing that didn't help the Bulldogs' concentration was a six minute delay with 3:41 left in the final period. The game had gotten intense, and the Bulldogs were looking to hold on to a 46-42 lead. Meanwhile, officials were arguing with the Tigers' coach over who was charged with a foul, likely in an effort to fire up Greene fans and players and to ignite a rally
"We were already slipping before that," Gibbons said, playing down the effect of the delay. "It was just our lack of playing well."
The Dogs led 28-25 at the half and 40-37 at the end of the third quarter, before falling in the contest.
Leading scorers for Morgan County in the loss were D.J. Calhoun with 15 points, Brian Green with eight, Marquis Brown and Roy Smith added six each.