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Mustangs Win Season Opener
Georgia Northwestern Drops 94 on Visiting West Georgia
Contact: Don Foley
Date: November 17, 2009
(Rossville, GA) - What was a seven point game at the intermission quickly ballooned to a 20-point plus advantage that helped the Georgia Northwestern Mustangs win game one of the 2009-2010 season. A combination of last year’s prep high school stars from the region and a trio of veterans from last year’s squad made for an entertaining afternoon for the 350 in the stands for the season opener.
West Georgia’s Courtney Farris dropped 32 to lead all scorers on the day, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Mustangs (1-0) who busted out of the corral after the intermission with all cylinders hitting hard. Sophomore Isaiah Tibbs, the Southeast Whitfield product, led the Mustangs on the score sheet with 23 on the day at the R.A.C., Rossville Athletic Complex, this year’s corral for the Mustangs.
But showing the old pros how it was done were freshman young guns Kyle Wilson (Armuchee) with 20 and Perie Finley (Chattooga) 16. Second-year starter, Bilal Weems added 16, as well. Wilson and Tibbs proved to be serious young guns shooting from beyond the arc at a sniper’s clip. The defense of West Georgia found out early and often what Wilson brings to the party hitting three quick treys. “But once they stepped up the pressure on Kyle (Wilson), we just passed it around to Isaiah (Tibbs) and he hit so many big shots,” said Stephenson.
Weems forced his last pair of points through the hoop at the buzzer with a crowd-pleasing flush of the roundball versus West Georgia Tech (0-1). “My veterans led the way and the new Mustangs really got out there and showed hustle,” said Georgia Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach, David Stephenson. “We have things to work on, but we also have lots of good things to build on.”
In a very telling fashion, Stephenson gave one of the Mustang team staffers a wink after the Weems dunk; a sign that could let everyone know that this season promises to be something very special. “We have a very special combination of talent,” said Stephenson.
Adding to the event was a busload of Dade County roundballers who showed up to cheer on their favorite center from last year’s Wolverine Cinderella season, Jesse Moore. The 6-3 Moore showed quickly how big he could play in the Mustang post converted scoring opportunities in traffic, as well as playing big defense in the paint. “Jesse even added a huge dunk for us that seemed to perk up his old teammates from Dade County,” said Stephenson. “Our high school coaches have done an incredible job with these young men who have just joined the team. They should be very proud.”
The Mustangs have had their November 21 match-up on the road against Chattahoochee Tech this Saturday cancelled due to a fire at the host facility. This game will now move down the schedule to Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Marietta. Next up for GNTC, Crown College at the RAC on Tuesday, December 1.
Georgia Northwestern (94) - Davis 6, Isaiah Tibbs 23, Bilal Weems 16, Kyle Wilson 20, Perie Finley 16, Moore 8, Perry 5, Loveless, Koneman.
West Georgia (83) – Langdon, Nicholas Mikkell, 17, Poole 3, Highbear 6, Balson 8, Thompson 2, Courtney Farris 32, Deante Beasley 13, Gilbert, Robinson.
Halftime – 48-41, Georgia Northwestern