By Ronald Frazier
After a lethargic team loss on Macon East on Jan. 3 at home, the Gators got some of their team offense back as they went on the road on Jan. 5 and defeated a good Southland Academy team in Americus.
The Gators lost 51-44 to Macon East as guard Brock Taunton led the three-point shooting Knights with 20 points.
Coach Dusty Perdue was not happy for the most part with his team’s effort.
“Hitting 12 of 25 free throws is not going to get it done,” Purdue said, much later after the game. “And we turned the ball over way too much plus had a starter out for not complying with team rules.”
“I will say that Brooks Barton played his butt off. Without him we would not have been within the seven points. He hustled, hit threes and grabbed rebounds. I don’t think we got much out of anyone else.” Purdue said of his team’s efforts.
Macon East came in setting up for three-point shots and hit five in the first half. That gave the Knights a 27-23 halftime lead. However, they changed their offense in the second half, driving in instead of just taking three-point shots and Glenwood could not stop them. That allowed the Knights to get to the foul line 11 times and they hit seven of those shots in the final frame alone.
Glenwood improved their mark on the year to 7-8 with a come-from behind win over Southland Academy.
“They shot threes the entire first half and hit seven. We on the other hand did not shoot well and were down 10 at the half, 27-17, said Perdue after the Saturday win.
“But in the second half we outscored them 36-20 and those three pointers were not falling and our shots started to fall plus we did a better job on defense.”
Barton again led the Gators in scoring with 18 total points total and Anthony King was also in double figures with 10. Bryce Valero added nine points.
“The last five games, Barton has been a team leader on the floor,” Said Perdue.
Pacing Southland was Adam Smith 17 points on five three-point shots. Southland had nine total three-point shots in the game.
Glenwood was scheduled to play Success Unlimited Academy on Jan. 9, but that game was cancelled. A makeup date has not been determined. That means for the week of Jan. 7-11th, the Gators do not have a varsity contest.
The next game will be home on Jan. 14 versus Calvary Christian of Columbus.