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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Albany Tech men squander late lead, lose to Chattahoochee Tech

Albany Tech men's basketball coach Sylvester Patterson said he was frustrated Sunday that his team didn't run a set play in the final moments of the loss to Chattahoochee Tech.

Albany Tech men's basketball coach Sylvester Patterson said he was frustrated Sunday that his team didn't run a set play in the final moments of the loss to Chattahoochee Tech.

MARIETTA — Seven straight losses.

A winless region record.

And plenty of crushed expectations.

It’s been a frustrating season for the Albany Tech men’s basketball team, but Sunday’s 67-65 loss to Chattahoochee Tech might have been the most discouraging moment yet.

The Titans watched a 15-point lead in the first half evaporate but still held onto a two-point advantage with 17 seconds left.

However, Albany Tech committed a foul in the backcourt to allow Chattahoochee Tech to tie the game with the clock stopped, turned the ball over on a broken play on its next possession and then fouled Chattahoochee Tech again with .7 seconds left on the clock.

Chattahoochee Tech’s Sean Tate sank both last-second free throws and dropped Albany Tech’s record to 2-10 overall and 0-6 in Region XVII.

“It’s a reoccurring theme, but our kids just won’t run what we draw up,” said a frustrated Sylvester Patterson, the Titans’ head coach. “They did something completely different than what we drew up. They ran their own play there at the end.”

The Titans have now lost 10 of their last 11 games, and four of those losses have been by three or fewer points. They are tied for last place in the region with first-year program Georgia Highlands, which is winless both overall and in the region.

Leading the way for Albany Tech were Deandre Harper (14 points), Nouhoum Boucoum (11 points, 8 rebounds), Tevin Oliver (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Colquitt County grad Antwon Tuff (9 points).

Chattahoochee Tech (12-1, 5-0) stayed tied for the region lead with East Georgia.

The Titans play again Tuesday at Waycross before taking a 10-day break for the holidays.

CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH WOMEN 67, ALBANY TECH 59: The Lady Titans got their leading scorer back from a back injury, but it wasn’t enough for them to avoid their fifth loss in their last six games.

Lashay Lettingham, who still isn’t 100 percent healthy, played after missing Wednesday’s game against Darton with a back injury and finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds Sunday.

ATC’s Richana Jackson led the way with 15 points, while Breanne Neal added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The difference in the game, however, were Albany Tech’s 32 turnovers.

“Turnovers were the key,” Albany Tech coach Kenneth Williams said. “The last two or three games we just aren’t taking care of the ball. It’s just something we will have to pay special attention to when we get back into practice.”

The Lady Titans will take this week off before resuming play Dec. 28 against Middle Georgia Tech in the New Year’s Classic Tournament at the Albany Civic Center.

GSW men storm past Clayton State for first 2-0 PBC start in history

AMERICUS — Senior Milos Kleut posted the second double-double of his career with a 17-point, 10-rebound performance on Saturday afternoon to lead the Georgia Southwestern men’s basketball team to a 70-54 victory against Clayton State in the Storm Dome.

GSW has won four in a row and improves its mark to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Peach Belt Conference. It’s the first time in program history the Hurricanes have started 2-0 in PBC play. Clayton State is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and drops to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the PBC.

The Hurricanes snap a two-game losing streak against the Lakers and edge closer to evening the series that Clayton State leads 9-6 during GSW’s NCAA era.

GSW posted its largest lead of the game(19 points) in the closing moments when Kleut sank a pair of free throws to make the score 70-51 with 16 seconds remaining.

Defense was the staple of the second half as GSW held Clayton State to 29.2 percent.

Second-chance points also proved critical down the stretch as GSW grabbed nine offensive boards while out-rebounding Clayton State, 21-10, in the second half.

Matt Shaw finished with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jamon Hawkins added 11 points for the Hurricanes.

Charles Shedrick scored 15 points to lead the Lakers. Tim Budd chipped in 12.

The Hurricanes are off for the holidays until Dec. 30 when they resume play at North Alabama.