Wallace teams sweep EnterprisePublished 10:58pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Buried in a hole late in the second half, the Wallace Community College-Selma Patriots never stopped fighting and were lifted to an 80-79 victory by a Fredrick Turner three pointer with 2.8 seconds left to defeat the Enterprise State Community College Boll Weevils on Tuesday.
Wallace head basketball coach Ronald Lane said the Patriots (5-9, 1-0) never gave up and need to maintain that mental toughness for the remainder of the season.
“The key was just the will to win and the guys not giving up,” Lane said. “It’s a young team, and I hate to keep harping on that, but you have to be mentally strong. I’m hoping this can catapult us to doing that for a full 40 minutes instead of 25 or 30 minutes. We’ve got the talent. We’ve got to get these guys to understand you have to be mentally strong 40 minutes every game.”
Trailing 77-71 with 0:35 left to play, the Patriots continued to comeback as Tyler Mosely drained a three to make the score 77-74 with 0:25 left to play.
Enterprise hit one of two free throws after a foul, but Turner came down the court and hit a three to make it 78-77 with 0:12 left to play.
Enterprise went to the line making the first shot, but missing the second putting the score at 79-77 with 0:10 left.
The Patriots got the rebound and Mosely rushed down the court and found a wide-open Turner, who nailed the go-ahead three pointer to make it 80-79 with 2.8 seconds left.
Enterprise had one last attempt, but the half-court heave was nowhere close.
The Patriots comeback was fueled by a barrage of threes down the stretch, including three from Mosely, two from Turner and one from Devante Rhodes.
Turner led the Patriots with 15 points, while Mosely had 13 points.
The Wallace Community College-Selma Lady Patriots rolled to an 88-52 win at home over Enterprise State Community College on Tuesday.
April Harper, head coach of the Lady Patriots (8-3, 1-0), said her team was off track toward the end of the first half, but got it together and sealed its first conference victory of the season.
“I’m very proud of them,” Harper said. “Before the end of the first half we needed to get on track. We were allowing dribble penetration to the basket and nobody was going to the board. They started eating at our lead with a score of 45-30 when we were up by 25 points earlier in the half. We were able to get back on track, play as a team, take better shots and were able to pull it out tonight. I’m very proud of them.”
Ashley Grimes led the Lady Patriots with 30 points and Arbanee Dean had 13 points.
Waynicia Thomas added 12 points for the Lady Patriots.
Both the Wallace men’s and women’s teams will take the home floor again Thursday with the women playing at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men.