ALBANY -- Don't call it a comeback, well maybe, almost.
Just ask the South Georgia Tech men's basketball team who blew a 17-point halftime lead only to hang on and narrowly escape with a win over Albany Tech by a final of 76-71.
"Basketball is two halves and there has never been a game won or lost in the first half," said SGT coach Steven Wright, whose team had its way with ATC in the first half. "Obviously they are a very good basketball team and they made a good run at us (in the second half) but we made enough plays down the stretch and finished it off."
"Enough plays" is right.
After SGT saw its once lustrous lead cut to just two points (60-62) on a put-back by Triquenski Hicks with 7:47 remaining in the game, the Jets responded by forcing four straight turnovers by the Titans all while pushing their lead back to 69-60 with five minutes left.
ATC continued to battle and eventually pulled with two points (71-73) again after clutch 3-pointer by Justin Wilcox with 1:04 left in the game.
On the ensuing play the Titans put Demario Fountain on the line where he went 1-of-2 to give SGT a three point lead with 33.9 seconds left, but rather than capitalize with a bucket the ATC once again turned the ball over which ended all hope for a Titans comeback.
"We have been turning the ball over all year its nothing new," said ATC coach Sylvester Patterson, whose team recorded seven of its 12 turnovers in the second half.
"We don't really have people that want the ball so a lot of times when they get it they try so fast to get it out of their hands and throw it to whomever. That's part of the problem."
Fountain finished tied for the game-high with 14 points. His teammate Vernon Moore and ATC's Michael Cofield also finished with 14 points.
Moore scored all of his points in the first half and was lights out from downtown as he connected on 4-of-5 from deep.
"We work as team," Fountain said. "Veron was hitting in the beginning and my job was to get him the ball."
With the win SGT (20-10, 11-7 in the Region XVII) swap spots with ATC (20-10, 9-7) for the fifth spot in the Region XVII standings and ensure that they will not enter the region tournament behind ATC after winning both matchups this season. ATC has one final game against Georgia Perimeter on Friday while this win wraps up SGT season.