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Wolves second half rally falls short

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February 14, 2017

WESSON – Co-Lin was unable to hang on to the lead late in the game Monday night as East Central defeated the Wolves 93-84. The loss moves Co-Lin to 10-10 on the year and 4-7 in the South Division. Co-Lin travels to Summit Thursday, Feb. 16 to take on the bears. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. Listen to the action live at colinathletics.com or WMJU 104.3 FM.

“We really stepped up in the second half…it was good to see us fight back,” said coach Kenny Bizot. “They made some really tough shots on us, that were well contested. It’s a tough loss.”

East Central started the game Monday night with a 12-2 run that gave the Warriors a comfortable lead. This lead grew throughout the half and ECCC led by as many as 21 in final minute of the half. The Wolves refused to quit and closed out the half with a 9-0 run of their own that cut the Warriors lead to 14.

In the second half, the Wolves continued to chip away at the lead before another strong offensive run. Co-Lin went on a 26-4 run that covered seven minutes and gave the Wolves a two-point lead. The Wolves held on to this lead for six minutes of play before East Central regained control with 4:49 remaining in the game.

Co-Lin continued to fight and cut the Warriors lead to just one on several occasions in the final minutes, but an 8-0 ECCC run in the final two minutes pulled the game out of Co-Lin’s reach.

Jonathan “Biscuit” Floyd led Co-Lin in scoring with 26 points. Trae Thompson had a breakout game for the Wolves as he netted 21 points while shooting 5-for-8 from three-point range. Thompson also led the team with five rebounds. Lamarcus Lee posted 12 points, while Tyrell McArthur came off the bench and added 11.

Tonzell Handy led ECCC with a double-double. Handy had 31 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Jaquan Dotson added 15 for the Warriors, while Caymon Ruffin netted 12.

Co-Lin finished shooting 48 percent (30-for-62) from the field, 40 percent (12-for-30) from three-point range, and 71 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line. The Wolves brought down 22 rebounds. East Central shot a blistering 63 percent (35-for-56) from the field, 50 percent (5-for-10) from three-point range, and 67 percent (18-for-27) from the foul line. The Warriors posted 21 rebounds.