PBC Goes Undefeated at Craig Massee Classic, All-Tournament Team Announced
by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - In day two of the Craig Massee Real Estate Classic, UNC Pembroke and Georgia College & State University both got wins over their opponents, each team finishing the two days without a loss. The Braves of UNCP (6-5) beat Lincoln Memorial University (2-8) 85-80 while the Georgia College Bobcats (7-3) pounced the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University (2-5) 76-43.
In the first game, the Braves were led by forward JaToya Kemp who nearly averaged a point a minute, finishing with a tournament-high 35 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Marquena Delk aided her team with 10 points while Illya Hunt had eight points and eight assists.
UNC Pembroke led 44-36 at the half as they shot .559 from the floor (19-34) to Lincoln Memorial's .424 (14-33) in the first period.
The Railspliters of LMU outscored the Braves 44-41 in the second half but the Braves held on and won 85-80 due in part to 33 bench points, countering Lincoln Memorial's 23. LMU was able to stay in the game as they shot .333 (12-36) from beyond the three-point line, but the Railsplitters were outscored 44-20 in the paint, 15-9 off turnovers and were beat 36-29 in rebounds.
Dayshalee Salaman led the Railsplitters with 23 points and Amberly O'Dell scored 22. Whitney Holmes was two points away from posting a double-double as she scored eight and grabbed 11 boards.
The final game of the tourney pitted the Tuskegee Tigers and the Bobcats of GCSU, with Georgia College defeating the Tigers 76-43.
At halftime, the Bobcats were up 34-25 but dominated the second stanza allowing only 18 points on Tuskegee's .158 (6-38) shooting from the floor. Tequila Martin's 14 points and eight rebounds led Tuskegee. Martin was aided by Ameila Dorton's 10 points and seven boards.
Georgia College dominated nearly every facet of the game as they outscored the Tigers 36-22 in the paint, 23-2 off turnovers and 16-4 on fast-break points.
Senior guard Candice Clark (Warner Robins, Ga.) led Georgia College with 15 points. Junior guard Chimere Jordan (Gray, Ga.) finished with 11 points while classmate Shaquana Bleach (Ellenwood, Ga.) had eight points, including two three-pointers.
Senior Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) came close to finishing with a double-double as she had eight points and eight assists. This marks the fifth time in 10 games this season that Moore has had at least eight assists in a game.
Antoinette Reames (Orlando, Fla.) was two boards from a double-double, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. The senior also had three blocks which puts her at 90 in her career. The 90 blocks has her fifth on the school's all-time list, one block away from tying Marquitia Driskell and needing only five to pass Dalana Watson and Ashley Williams, who sit atop the record books with 94.
At the conclusion of the Craig Massee Real Estate Classic, the All-Tournament Team was also announced. Dayshalee Salaman of Lincoln Memorial, Tequlia Martin of Tuskegee, JaToya Kemp of UNCP and Georgia College's Chimere Jordan and Antoinette Reames were named to the 2009 Craig Massee Real Estate Classic All-Tournament team. Reames is the lone returnee to the list, having made the inaugural all-tournament team in 2008.
Kemp led all scorers in the tournament with 51 points and averaged 25.5. Salaman and Jordan averaged 19.5 points a contest, Martin averaged 14.5 while Reames averaged 11.5 in the two-day tourney, including yesterday's double-double.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. as they travel to Lander University.
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