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GC teams suffer road losses

By The News Herald

Posted Nov 16, 2018 at 9:32 PM

The Gulf Coast women’s and men’s basketball teams suffered losses away from home Friday, with the Lady Commodores falling to Wabash Valley 68-65 and the GC men losing 88-68 to Southwest Mississippi.

 

It’s the first setback of the season for the Lady Commodores (3-1), who came in ranked No. 3 in the nation. It was the first of two games in Vincennes, Ind., with Gulf Coast taking on host Vincennes on Saturday in a rematch of an 85-64 Lady Commodores victory on Nov. 9 in Niceville.

 

In Friday’s game, Wabash Valley jumped out to a 39-28 halftime edge and took a 13-point lead into the final quarter. Gulf Coast finished strong with a 23-13 fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Wabash Valley, which came into the game ranked No. 21 in the country, is now 5-0 this season.

 

Dominique Banks led Gulf Coast with 16 points and three blocked shots, while Astou Gaye added 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Freshman guard Brittany Davis, who scored 20-plus points in the first three games this season, was limited to nine points on just seven shots, with Naomi Mbandu adding eight points and eight rebounds.

 

Jordyn Dawson and Keya Patton were the leading scorers for Wabash Valley with 13 points apiece, followed by Alexis Thomas with 11, and Ryan Jones with 10.

 

The Gulf Coast men’s loss to Southwest Mississippi in Niceville was their second of the year to fall to 4-2. The Commodores led by two points at halftime before the Bears took charge in the second half.

 

Cameron Holden led Gulf Coast with 14 points, followed by Reggie Rivera with 13, and Maurice Gordon and Jacolbey Owens with 12 each. KK Godwin had 10 points. The Commodores play again Saturday in Niceville against Spartanburg Methodist.

 

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