November 12, 20111st2ndFinal
Georgia College314879
Stats at a GlanceGC-MNEWM
FG Percentage.433 (29-67) .393 (22-56)
3P FG Percentage.222 (2-9) .304 (7-23)
FT Percentage.559 (19-34) .667 (14-21)
Offensive Rebounds179
Defensive Rebounds2731
Total Rebounds4440
Bench Points2030
PointsAquino - 24
Reynolds - 11
ReboundsAquino - 12
Reynolds - 10
AssistsAquino - 5
Hawkins - 5
StealsAquino - 5
Reynolds - 2
BlocksDavis - 1
Aquino - 1
Ferguson - 1

Georgia College takes Mom Reeves Tournament championship with 79-65 win over Newberry
Saturday, November 12, 2011 | by GC's Ryan Aquino named tournament MVP; Newberry's Reynolds and Garner named all-tournament

NEWBERRY, S.C. - An early second half run helped the Georgia College Bobcats pull away from the Newberry Wolves and the guests held on for a 79-65 victory in the championship game of the 2011 Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament in Eleazer Arena on Saturday night.

Georgia College (2-0) was led by tournament MVP Ryan Aquino, who had 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals. The Bobcats shot 53.1% in the second half of the game, and went on a 10-0 run in the first four minutes of the second half to hold off the Wolves.

Newberry (1-1) was led by the second straight double-double from Chris Reynolds (Augusta, Ga.), who had 11 points and 10 rebounds on the way to all-tournament honors. Savad Garner (Fountain Inn, S.C.) also earned all-tournament honors with 10 points.

Also earning all-tournament honors from Georgia College were Jared Holmes, who scored 15 points in the championship game, and JP Davis, who had nine points and four assists Saturday. Lee University's Alex Wells scored 21 points and dished out seven assists in the Flames' 108-93 win over Salem International in the consolation game to round out the all-tournament team.

Newberry had the hot had in the opening three and a half minutes, jumping out to a 12-4 lead on a pair of layups from Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.), a Reynolds lay-in and three-pointers from Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.) and Tomas Tomasson (Reykjavik, Iceland). The teams battled back and forth through the half, and Georgia College tied the game for the first time at 13-all with 10:42 remaining in the half on an Aquino layup. From there, neither squad could extend their lead to more than five points and the Bobcats took a 31-29 lead into the half.

The Wolves outshot the Bobcats in the first half, connecting on 11-of-24 (45.8%), while GC made 12-of-35 shots (34.3%).

A layup by Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) on the opening possession of the half tied the game up for Newberry, but the Bobcats scored 10 straight points over the next four minutes to establish a stranglehold on the lead. Newberry narrowed the deficit to as few as six points later in the half.

Georgia College led by 10 after a Tomasson triple with 9:26 in regulation, and the Bobcats rallied with nine straight points over the next 2:30 to put the game away. The guests led by as many as 21 in the half, and Newberry could not cut the deficit to fewer than 12 and fell to their first loss of the young season.

The Bobcats had a distinct advantage shooting in the second half, connecting on 17-of-32 (53.1%) of their shots in the second half, while only 11-of-32 (34.4%) of Newberry's shots found the mark.

Newberry returns to action on Tuesday, hosting North Georgia (2-0) for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Eleazer Arena.