The GMC Prep boys basketball team has struggled mightily this season, but they made a statement on Monday night.
The Bulldogs put an end to their six-game losing streak with an 83-39 blowout win over the visiting ACE Charter Gryphons of Macon. It marked a season-high in points for the home team.
GMC head coach Lee Coleman was pleased with his team’s intensity throughout the contest.
“That was a great win for us,” Coleman said. “We came out with intensity and established early momentum. I think that was one of the best games we’ve played all year.”
GMC forced countless turnovers throughout the contest, often drawing bad passes and mistakes with their full-court press. From tipoff, the Bulldogs played an intense brand of basketball that the Gryphons could not match.
The opening period saw the home squad take an early lead. GMC senior Jordan Bradley and sophomore teammate Javian Lango each hit three-pointers while senior point guard Justin Wallace made several trips to the free throw line with his aggressive first-quarter approach.
Wallace also notched a handful of impressive assists on the night, passing particularly well in fast break sequences.
After a 17-8 first quarter, the Bulldogs ramped up their energy on both ends of the floor. The ‘Dogs offense caught fire, scoring 29 points in the period. GMC junior Yasir Saleem hit a three-pointer then followed it with a flashy pass in the paint. Meanwhile, Bradley sank two more threes as the home team extended their lead.
The GMC offense continued to roll along as the Bulldogs bulldozed their way to a formidable 46-19 lead at halftime.
The second half saw even more ACE turnovers than the first. The visiting team could not handle the Bulldog press as the crowd favorites ballooned their lead to a whopping fifty points by the end of the third quarter.
The GMC reserves earned some extended playing time as the contest turned into a blowout. GMC sophomore Davis Duke came off the bench and splashed a corner three, while senior Ohm Ray hit a pair of tough layups to add fuel to his team’s offensive fire.
The fourth quarter was shortened to six minutes due to the insurmountable Bulldog lead. GMC didn’t let up as they ran away with their second win of the regular season. The Bulldogs moved to 2-7 in region play with the victory.
The Bulldogs are too far behind in the region standings to clinch a state playoff berth. However, they have a few regular season games left on their schedule.
“For these last two games of the season, I want these guys to continue to improve,” Coleman said. “I think we improved a lot in the second half of the year, but we need to keep working on running our offense and getting in a rhythm. We also need to focus on rebounding. We’ve got to crash the boards better.”
The Bulldogs play their next game Wednesday when they take on region opponent Crawford County at home.