Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Voorhees Tigers in a 72-69 final on Tuesday evening.
Southern Wesleyan had three players score over 10 points in the loss to the Sailfish. DJ Dobson led the team with 21 points. Dobson was followed by Jalen Lowery with 14 points and Jeremy Wert with 12 points. The Warriors posted 28 rebounds in the loss, with Zalan Richards and Wert leading the team with six rebounds apiece. Lowery and Wert led the Warriors with two steals each. Richards went on to lead the team with five assists.
Final: Voorhees 72, Southern Wesleyan 69
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-11 / CC 0-3), Voorhees (1-0)
How It Happened
The Tigers leapt out early on a three point jump shot by DJ Evans. Southern Wesleyan countered with a layup by Zalan Richards to come to 2-6 behind Voorhees, however the Tigers took a 10-2 lead on free throws by Stacy Masten. Voorhees pushed onward to take their lead to 21-7 over Southern Wesleyan. Shows by Jeremy Wert and Bryson Williams allowed the Warriors to come to 15-27 behind the Tigers. Back-to-back jump shots by Jalen Lowery allowed the Warriors to cut the Tigers lead to 21-35. Free throws by DJ Dobson put the Warriors down 26-41 at the half.
Southern Wesleyan attacked first to kick off the second half on a three point jump shot by Kylie Blackett to bring the score to 29-41. The Warriors pressed on with a layup by Kallen McDaniel to bring the score to 31-43. Layups by DJ Dobson and Jeremy Wert allowed Southern Wesleyan to cut the lead down to 38-45. Southern Wesleyan came within six points on a layup by DJ Dobson and three point shot by Jalen Lowery to bring the score to 43-49. The Warriors gained control of the game, taking the lead on a layup by Dobson and then pushed to a five point lead on a dunk by Jeremy Wert. The lead was short lived as the Tigers tied the game 64-64 on a three point shot by Ashton Pierce. Voorhees pushed ahead to win the game 72-69.
Southern Wesleyan will enter a Christmas break before returning to the court on January 2. They will take on the King Tornado at 7:30 p.m. that evening.