November 19, 20141st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceNBYCOKER
FG Percentage.486 (34-70) .550 (33-60)
3P FG Percentage.400 (14-35) .471 (8-17)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .636 (14-22)
Offensive Rebounds159
Defensive Rebounds2024
Total Rebounds3533
Bench Points588
PointsMitch Riggs - 17
Errick Bethel - 24
ReboundsTEAM - 7
Larry Felder - 9
AssistsMitch Riggs - 4
Trey Marshall - 5
StealsDemarkus Smith - 3
Trey Marshall - 3
Donte Samuels - 3
BlocksXavier Holmes - 1
Aubrey Daniel - 2
Wolves snatch victory from fangs of defeat

Wolves snatch victory from fangs of defeat
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | by Chris Downey, Athletic Communications Assistant

HARTSVILLE – Senior guard Demarkus Smith (Johnston, S.C.) buried a layup with two seconds remaining to lift the Newberry Wolves over the Coker Cobras in thrilling fashion on Wednesday evening, 90-88 inside the DeLoach Center.

With the win, Newberry remained perfect on the season 4-0 and earned its first conference victory on the season.

The Wolves received a technical foul which put the Cobras’ Larry Felder to the line for two shots. Felder missed the first and made the second as well as retained possession with 45 seconds remaining.

The Cobras missed two point-blank layup attempts with Newberry’s Smith gathering the defensive rebound on the second miss. As Newberry gained the front court coach Dave Davis called a timeout with seven seconds left on the clock.

Out of the timeout, Smith held dribble at the timeline and watched the clock roll under five seconds when he made his move. His crossover created space to drive to the left side passing by his defender and connected on the easy layup. The Cobras had a last second attempt but the shot missed the mark as the buzzer sounded.

Smith finished the game with 13 points and three assists. Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic, Australia) had another solid performance finishing with a team-high 17 points and four assists. Gerald Evans (Inglewood, Calif.) tallied 15 points including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

In the early going, Newberry was powered by eight of Evans’ points, jumping out to an 11-9 advantage going into the first media timeout at the 15:26 mark.

Both teams continued to battle but the Wolves found themselves trailing by six with 6:52 remaining. Newberry used an 8-2 run over the next minute and a half to draw even at 30-30.

With just under two minutes remaining in the first half Newberry fell behind again ,this time by seven points and fought back with a 9-0 run, capped off by a James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) 3-point basket to enter halftime with a 42-40 lead.

Six minutes into the second half James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) tied the game at 61 which began Newberry’s 13-3 run to extend its lead to 74-64. The Wolves continued to lead throughout the second half until Coker’s Bethel connected on two free throws to complete 14-6 run by the Cokers to bring the game even at 86.

Evans completed his 15 point night with two crucial free throws at give the Scarlet and Gray the two point advantage at 88-86. After that, Newberry weathered the technical foul and two free throws by Coker to notch the game at 88 before Smith worked his magic for Newberry.

Hamish Burns (Adelaide, S.A., Australia) continued his hot streak from downtown as he was perfection on the night burying both of his 3-point attempts on his way to eight points on the evening.

The Wolves look to continue their winning ways as play Brevard for the home-opener on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Eleazer Arena.