JOHNSON CITY – Saturday featured a number of of the very best rivalries in school basketball which included Duke-North Carolina, Tennessee-Kentucky, and sure, East Tennessee State-Chattanooga.
The Bucs entered Saturday’s recreation at Freedom Corridor a half recreation behind UNC-Greensboro and winners of 10 straight over the Mocs. Chattanooga snapped their dropping streak in thrilling trend as A.J. Caldwell’s three pointer with one second left lifted the Mocs to a 67-65 win. Chattanooga strikes to 14-5 general and 5-5 within the SoCon whereas the Bucs fall to 11-7, 7-3.
ETSU trailed by 16 factors at 58-42 with 6:52 to go however the Bucs completed the sport with a flurry, posting a 23-6 run till the ultimate second. The Bucs hit 5 threes within the closing six minutes which included what seemed to be the sport winner when Ty Brewer gave the house staff their first lead of the competition with 11.9 remaining. After an ETSU timeout to set their protection, the Mocs drove the court docket and it appeared they weren’t going to get a shot off as their offense was frantic. Caldwell’s step-back three was his solely factors of the sport however they turned out to be crucial as Chattanooga escaped with a 67-65 win.
Bucs coach Jason Shay mentioned he thought the play he had drawn up on protection on the final play was a great one. “I assumed we had them useless to rights. We had (Malachi) Smith stymied there and KC Hankton too however Caldwell strikes properly with out the ball and he simply pops open. I don’t understand how deep the shot was however he bought a clear look and made the shot. He was 0-for-4 up till that time. We defended the play properly, give Caldwell credit score, he made an enormous shot.”
Regardless of the loss, the Bucs’ boss mentioned he was glad his staff didn’t roll over when the sport seemed to be within the bag for Chattanooga. “We had some perseverance, some grit, some toughness to us that allowed us to return again within the recreation. We executed underneath strain, we had some poise and had some goal and that gave us an opportunity to win the sport. Finally in the long run, we didn’t get it executed.”
Damari Monsanto hit 5 pictures from downtown and completed with 22 factors.
David Sloan added 14 for ETSU.
The Mocs had been led by David Jean-Baptiste and Malachi Smith who every scored 18 factors.
Darius Banks chipped in 14 for Chattanooga. ETSU was sizzling from deep as they hit 12 of their 23 makes an attempt (52 p.c) however misplaced the battle within the paint because the Mocs held a 30-18 benefit down low.
The sport began about as dangerous because it presumably might for the Bucs as they didn’t rating till for the primary 5 minutes of the sport and began 1-of-7 from the ground (14 p.c). They didn’t get into double figures.
Silas Adheke scored on a hoop-and-harm from a nifty help by Sloan on the 7:06 mark.
After the Mocs constructed a 13-point lead, Monsanto bought ETSU going as he hit three triples late which was a part of a 14-7 Bucs’ run to chop the halftime deficit to 33-27.
The Bucs hit the street for a recreation at The Citadel on Wednesday.