|November 10, 2012||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NGM13||NEWM|
|FG Percentage||.494 (38-77)||.467 (35-75)|
|3P FG Percentage||.474 (18-38)||.462 (12-26)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.654 (17-26)|
Walker - 17
Hawkins - 17
Ishmael Hollis - 3
Hawkins - 3
Ashby - 1
Holmes - 1
NEWBERRY - The Newberry Wolves came back from a 23-point deficit to force overtime, but the North Georgia Saints outscored the hosts in the extra period to take the 2012 Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament championship with a 106-99 win in Eleazer Arena on Saturday afternoon.
North Georgia moves to 2-0 on the year, with Newberry falling to 1-1. The two teams next see action on Wednesday night, when they face off against each other in North Georgia's Memorial Hall in Dahlonega, Ga.
All-Tournament selection Brunes Charles (Naples, Fla.) had his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Quayshun Hawkins (Columbia, S.C.), Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia) and Dondray Walker (Fountain Inn, S.C.) each netted 17 points. Riggs was also named to the All-Tournament team after connecting on 80 percent of his three-point attempts in the tournament.
Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) scored 16 points and Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.) added 11 points to round out six Wolves in double figures.
After quickly taking a 9-3 lead in the first four minutes of the game, the Wolves fell behind due to a spectacular run of three-point shooting from the Saints. The game was tied at 15-all on a Walker fastbreak triple with 11:10 left in the half, but North Georgia managed to shoot out to a 23-point lead at 48-25 with 3:52 to go. The Wolves were down 52-30 with a minute left, but a pair of Hawkins free throws, a Smith free throw and a Walker three cut the Saints' halftime lead down to 52-36.
Newberry shot 39.3 percent (11-of-28) in the first half, but the Saints knocked down 12 three-pointers, with Lamar Richardson connecting on five triples in the half, while Newberry's Walker made all four of his three-point attempts in the half.
From the 16-point halftime deficit, the Wolves showed they would not go away without a fight, as Walker assisted on a Riggs three-pointer, then stole the ball and assisted on another Riggs three to cut the lead down to 10 points just 38 seconds into the second half.
The Saints showed their mettle though, and got back out to the big lead, with a three-pointer from Tournament MVP Ishmael Hollis at the 8:10 mark giving North Georgia a 23-point lead at 78-55.
The Wolves surged in response, scoring the next 12 points, with back-to-back three-pointers from the corner from Smith cutting the lead to 11 at 81-70 with 5:55 to go and forcing a Saints timeout. A Charles layup at 4:08 cut the lead down to single digits for good, and his free throws at the 3:10 mark got the Wolves within three at 83-80. All-Tournament selection JC Ward made a layin with 2:13 left to stretch North Georgia's lead to five, but a Holmes layup, a Smith jumper and a Charles free throw completed the comeback to tie the game at 86-all with 1:22 to play.
The teams traded layups before Ward made a three-point play with just under 10 seconds to go to put the Saints up 91-88. However, in familiar fashion Hawkins nailed a pressured three-pointer to tie the game up with six seconds to go and send the game to overtime.
Newberry made 56.4 percent (22-of-39) of its second half shots and forced 17 North Georgia turnovers, which were converted into 23 points.
The Saints used the overtime to get back to their hot shooting, scoring the first six points of the period. A Riggs triple cut the lead to three, but North Georgia scored seven straight to put the game out of reach. The Saints shot 5-of-9 in the overtime, while Newberry's only field goals came on threes from Hawkins and Riggs.
NGCSU's Hollis was named the Tournament MVP with 26 points, 18 rebounds and three steals in the game, while Scott Windom (17 points, eight rebounds) and Ward (11 points, nine rebounds) also were named All-Tournament. Salem International's Ka'Mar LaBrew was also named to the All-Tournament team with seven points, five rebounds, nine assists and five steals in the Tigers' 74-62 win over Warren Wilson in the consolation game.
Mom Reeves All-Tournament
MVP: Ishmael Hollis, North Georgia
Scott Windom, North Georgia
JC Ward, North Georgia
Brunes Charles, Newberry
Mitch Riggs, Newberry
Ka'Mar LaBrew, Salem International