Dramatic comeback ends in heartbreak for Newberry as rally from 19 point deficit falls short, 76-72
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 | by Biggest comeback bid of the season comes within inches as Indians dealt tough loss

CLINTON, S.C. – Down by 19 with 12:00 remaining in the second half, Newberry orchestrated their largest comeback bid of the season, led by Alonzo Hinds 23 second half points but the Indians’ bid ended in heartbreak as Presbyterian pulled out the 76-72 victory Wednesday night. Hinds led all scorers with 25 points in the game and hit 15 out of his 16 attempts from the free throw line.

Hinds was one of three Indians to post double digits in points with Clemente Martin posting 16 and Zach Chandler adding 12 in the Indian effort. Newberry (5-10, 0-4 South Atlantic) shot a remarkable 81.5% from the free throw line in the game. Presbyterian (13-5, 3-1 SAC) was led by Johann Collins with 18 points, two of which came from the free throw line with less than a second left on the clock to seal the Blue Hose victory.

“It’s all about toughness and our guys showed we were as tough as anybody tonight,” said Indians head coach Shaun Golden. “It’s not about X’s and O’s. It can’t be about five or six guys. It has to be everyone contributing and that has been our biggest challenge this season. We have to take it, learn from it and keep going.”

The crowd of 2,312 – the largest Newberry has played in front of this season – was treated to a low scoring affair in the first half and an offensive onslaught by both teams in the second half as the teams combined for 110 points in the last 20 minutes of play. It was a tale of two games as the 15 points scored in the first half was the smallest offensive post that Newberry put up this season while the 110 combined points in the second half was the most seen in a half.

Neither team shot the ball well in what was Newberry’s lowest scoring half of the season as both teams shot under 35%. Each team turned the ball over 12 times and tough defense contributed to the low scoring half. Clemente Martin led the Indians in the first half with seven points and four rebounds while Martynas Versinskas paved the way for PC’s 23-15 halftime lead with eight points and three rebounds.

Newberry barely edged PC in rebounds, 17-14, in the first half but was able to convert rebounds into points as they put in six second chance points to Presbyterian’s none. However, PC was able to convert turnovers into points as the Blue Hose had seven points off turnovers in the half to Newberry’s two.

Presbyterian started strong in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to begin the period. The teams exchanged baskets before an intentional foul and then a dead ball technical foul by Sammy Monroe sparked a 7-0 PC run that was ended by a pair of free throws by Zach Chandler.

Chandler’s free throws sparked the biggest comeback of the season for Newberry, as the Indians battled back from 19 points down. Newberry battled back to a 71-67 deficit and with Hinds going to the line, had a chance to pull within two. Shooting 14-for-14 from the line at that point, Hinds missed his only free throw of the game. He hit the second of two shots to make it a three-point game at 71-68 with 34 seconds remaining.

The teams traded free throws and missed shots and the Blue Hose hit two extra free throws to put PC up by five with 14 seconds left. The Indians sent the ball down the court where Hinds nailed a long range three point shot to bring the Indians within two with 10 seconds remaining, 74-72. Matt Alexander fouled PC’s Pat Kiscaden on the inbounds, sending him to the line for two shots. Kiscaden missed both and Hinds grabbed the rebound, ran the ball up the floor and missed a three pointer for the win with 00:06 remaining. PC’s Johann Collins grabbed the rebound, was fouled by Martin and hit both free throws with one second left on the clock to seal the 76-72 win for the Blue Hose.

Newberry returns to action at home Saturday, Jan. 21 as the Indians host the Pioneers of Tusculum College. Action is set to begin at 4 p.m. in Eleazer Arena. Presbyterian travels to Hickory, N.C., to face the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne.

Newspaper Box Score
Newberry College vs Presbyterian College
01/18/06 6:00 pm at Clinton, S.C. (Ross E. Templeton Center)
At Clinton, S.C. (Ross E. Templeton Center)

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 76, NEWBERRY COLLEGE 72

NEWBERRY COLLEGE (5-10, 0-4 SAC)
Hinds, Alonzo 4-12 15-16 25; Martin, Clemente 6-11 4-6 16; Chandler, Zach
5-12 2-2 12; Dease, Michael 4-5 1-1 9; Alexander, Matt 2-3 0-0 4; Monroe,
Sammy 2-7 0-0 4; Frazier, Antoinne 1-2 0-2 2; Nwawel, Eric 0-3 0-0 0; Jeter,
Jerrell 0-1 0-0 0; Ezumba, Seven 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 22-27 72.

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE (13-5, 3-1 SAC)
Collins, Johann 4-6 10-10 18; Bostic, Bryan 7-9 2-2 17; Versinskas, Martynas
5-7 0-0 10; Ballenger, Tray 3-8 2-4 8; Herren, Grant 3-4 1-1 7; Biggs, Drew
1-3 4-4 7; Kiscaden, Pat 0-8 5-9 5; Koppel, Ryan 1-1 2-2 4; Sligh, Travis
0-1 0-0 0; Ferrell, Quinton 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 26-32 76.

Newberry College..............   15   57  -   72
Presbyterian College..........   23   53  -   76

3-point goals-Newberry College 2-11 (Hinds, Alonzo 2-3; Chandler, Zach 0-4;
Dease, Michael 0-1; Monroe, Sammy 0-3), Presbyterian College 2-17 (Biggs,
Drew 1-3; Bostic, Bryan 1-3; Ballenger, Tray 0-5; Kiscaden, Pat 0-5;
Ferrell, Quinton 0-1). Fouled out--Newberry College-None, Presbyterian
College-Ferrell, Quinton. Rebounds-Newberry College 33 (Martin, Clemente
10), Presbyterian College 31 (Collins, Johann 7). Assists-Newberry College 5
(Hinds, Alonzo 3), Presbyterian College 14 (Herren, Grant 5). Total
fouls-Newberry College 26, Presbyterian College 23. A-2312