Carrollton, GA – Winners of 3 of 4 to open 2019, the Golden Knights basketball team appeared ready to make it 4 of 5. After building a 22 point lead with 15 minutes to play over Florida Gateway College, it looked as the Knights would do just that. However, the Knights got sloppy. The Wolves converted 18 second half WGTC turnovers to 26 points and stole a 76-74 win from the home team. Freshman forward Bevon Way (Atlanta – Union Grove High) led WGTC with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Perhaps, the Knights grew a little weary late in Monday's game. On Saturday, the Knights avenged an earlier 82-80 heart-breaking loss to Bevill State winning on the road 91-90. The Bears, a Division I squad from Alabama, had entered the game at 14-3 overall. The Knights placed 5 players in double-figures led by freshman Juwan Johnson (Covington – Newton High) 22 points. Way contributed another double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Coach Niki Okolovitch's team is now 8-8 on the season. However, the most important game thus far looms Saturday when the Knights travel to Oxford to take on Oxford College of Emory. With Southern Crescent moving to Division I this season, just WGTC and Oxford remain as the only Division III schools in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA.) The two rivals will face each other 3 times. After this Saturday's contest, Oxford will visit Carrollton on February 6. The final match-up will be played back at Oxford on February 23. The winner of the season series will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Tip-off Saturday is set for 5 pm on the campus of Oxford-Emory.