SGTC Jets suffer second straight defeat with loss to East Georgia State

Published 12:37 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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AMERICUS – After suffering an 80-70 loss at home to Central Georgia Tech on Saturday, the South Georgia Tech men’s basketball team (SGTC) came into its make up game against East Georgia State (EGS) Monday night at the Hangar hoping to get back into the win column with a win over the Bobcats. However, unfortunately for the Jets, their inability to keep the Bobcats off the glass and their inability to make foul shots were two of the factors that led to an 83-70 loss to EGS on Monday evening, January 23.

This game was supposed to have taken place at the Hangar on Saturday, January 7, but had to be postponed until Monday, January 23.

The Jets were outrebounded 43-25 by the Bobcats and they only made 9-18 free throws (50 percent). As for EGS, the Bobcats went to the foul line 21 times and made 16 of their 21 foul shots (76.2 percent). For the game, the Bobcats shot 31-57 from the field (54.4 percent) and made 5-14 three-pointers (35.7 percent). As for the Jets, they made 26 of their 59 shots from the field (44.1 percent) and made 9-15 shots from beyond the arc (60 percent). However, the Bobcats outplayed the Jets in the rebounding category, particularly in defensive rebounding, as EGS had 30 defensive rebounds to the Jets’ 16.

SGTC sophomore guard Aaron Pitts (#4) led the Jets in scoring with 18 points in their 83-70 loss to East Georgia State.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Aaron Pitts led the Jets in scoring with 18 points and Kallin Fonseca poured in 14. Deconte Williams also scored in double figures for SGTC, as he poured in 13 points in the losing cause.

After one half of play, the Jets trailed EGS 36-25, but the Bobcats outscored the Jets 29-18 over most of the second half and led SGTC 65-43 with a little over three minutes left in the game. However, the Jets made a last ditch effort for a comeback by going on a 21-8 run and cutting their deficit to 73-64 with a little over a minute left. However, that would be as close as they would get, as the Bobcats went on to defeat SGTC 83-70.

Five EGS players scored in double figures. De’Angelo Hines led all scorers with 21 points and Greg Jones had 17. Tre Grane poured in 15 points and both Johnny Kittles and T.J. Mills each scored 10 points in the winning cause.

SGTC sophomore guard Kallin Fonseca (#5) scored 14 points for the Jets against East Georgia State.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The loss puts the Jets at 5-14 overall and 2-4 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). They will try to end their two game losing streak when they travel up to Rome, GA on Saturday, January 28 to take on Georgia Highlands College. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.