ALBANY -- One of these days, Albany Tech men's basketball coach Sylvester Patterson will have some good news to report when it comes to winning the tough ones.
After a one-point loss earlier this week on a controversial ending against Coastal Georgia in their Region XVII opener, the Titans lost their second region game Saturday, 77-66, to Georgia Perimeter.
"We just didn't come to play (Saturday night)," Patterson said. "I take that back: My bench did, but my starters didn't."
Led by backups Montavious Marc (12 points, 10 rebounds), Romero Owens (12 points) and Jerry Lewis (11), Albany Tech fell to 8-10 on the season.
ATC, however, was without leading scorer Wilbur Lake, who Patterson said was suspended for two games after making contact with a referee following Wednesday's heated loss to Coastal.
"Basically, what happened is that Duran Blue hit a three pointer to tie the game (against Coastal Georgia) and then they came down and tried to put a shot with less than a second to play and Blue was called for a foul," Patterson said. "Their coach even told me afterward, 'How does (the ref) make that call?' and we've since looked at the type and it was not a foul."
Coastal hit one of three free throws, which was good enough to seal a one-point win.
Where Lake came into play in the situation happened after the game when the referee who called the foul claims, according to Patterson, that Lake intentionally bumped into him as they left the floor.
"Wilbur was one of the first to complain about the call when it happened," Patterson said. "But he told me that when he was coming off the floor, he turned to look at someone in the stands and accidentally bumped the guy and next thing you know, he's suspended two games.
"Not having him (Saturday) really hurt us."
ATC was down by just four at halftime, but went cold from the 3-point line in the second half and finished 6-for-23.
"Our bench played great and that was one of the pluses for the game," said Patterson, whose team picks back up play Wednesday at South Georgia Tech. "We've lost some tough games, but we'll get a chance to turn that back around here quickly."
The ATC women also lost Saturday, 77-48, to Georgia Perimeter.