LOCAL COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Albany Tech men, women continue torrid start; GSW women still perfect

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- The Albany Tech men's and women's basketball teams continued their great starts to the 2010-11 season Friday when the Titans improved to 7-1 overall after a 80-65 win against Middle Georgia Tech in ATC's annual Thanksgiving Classic, while the women are now 5-2 after beating up on Gordon College, 75-47.

Justin Wilcox and Andrew Reason led the Titans with 13 points each, while teammates Jerry Lewis (9 rebounds), Tyrell Johnson (8 rebounds) and Michael Cofield (7 rebounds) dominated the boards all night.

Titans coach Sylvester Patterson said he didn't think he was looking at the same team that jumped out to a 5-0 start to the season when Albany Tech first rook the court Friday, but soon saw flashes of brilliance that left him smiling.

"We didn't play very good at first. It looked like the guys went on Thanksgiving break, and their bodies came back, but their minds didn't," said Patterson, whose team will close out the Classic today at 2 p.m. against West Georgia Tech in a game that's free to the public in honor of Fan Appreciation Day. "But afterward, the guys were like, 'But coach, we won by 15 points.' And while that's true, I didn't like how many shots we were missing. We've had problems with zones all year and we started settling for 3s -- and that's not our game."

As for the ATC women, once again former Worth County star and Herald Super Six selection Ann Wilcher dominated, scoring 21 points and adding 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double in seven games this year.

"She's had a bunch of big games," Lady Titans coach Kenneth Williams said. "She's been pretty much automatic except one game when she got into foul trouble. But teams will be scouting her after (this start) and when we get into region play, it'll be a whole different story."

Bianca Fennessee added 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Titans, who are in just their second year of existence -- the women's team was started one year after the men's -- won't play today on the final afternoon of the Classic. Their next game will be against Gordon again, this time Thursday on the road in Barnsville.

Williams said he expected the kind of start his team has had so far, especially with a talented team that includes local stars Wilcher, and ex-Terrell County standouts Shayla Jester and Monshay Thomas -- The Herald's Player of the Year in 2008.

"Well, to be honest, I did kind of expect us to start out like this, but come region play, we're going to find out what kind of team we really have," the coach said. "But so far, so good."


GSW WOMERN 65, FLORIDA TECH 56: The Lady Hurricanes improved to 3-0 after topping previously unbeaten Florida Tech on Friday. GSW had four players score in double-digits, led by a game-high 16 points from Jessica Bivins.

Tania Walters and Cierra Duhart added 11 points apiece for GSW. Duhart capped off a double-double by snagging a game-high 17 rebounds. Terra Branch chipped in 10 points.