Brevard, N.C. - Gaither Hendrix led a Tornados comeback in the second half against the visiting Mountain Lions on Saturday afternoon, but Vince Martin led five Young Harris players in double figures with a game high 22 points as Brevard fell in the final game of 2011, 91-82.
Brevard (1-10) battled back from a double-digit halftime deficit, cutting the lead to within six points on a Drew Schauss three-pointer from the right wing in the final minute, but Martin and Malcolm Jackson combined to hit three free throws and Darius Moose’s three-point attempt fell short as Young Harris (9-2) took home the victory.
Hendrix led the Tornados with 19 points, 12 in the second half, as Brevard shot 54.5 percent (30-55) from the floor in the game. Schauss added 14 second half points on his way to a 17 point day, hitting three three-pointers, while Moose added 16 points and six rebounds in the loss. Jermichael Tanner was also in double-digits for the third consecutive game, scoring 12 points while adding two assists.
Martin led the visiting Mountain Lions with 22 points and added eight rebounds as Young Harris shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the floor. Jackson added 19 points and two blocked shots, while Steve Viterbo had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Frank Adams chipped in 16 points and Bryson Robertson had 13 points and a game high nine rebounds as all five starters for the Mountain Lions scored double figures in the win.
Moose opened the scoring with a layup on the first possession and Jackson and Schauss traded three-pointers as the Tornados opened up the game with the early lead. An Adams three-pointer cut the lead down to one at 9-8 at the 16:41 mark, but Moose and Hendrix answered with jumpers as Brevard went up by five at the 15:19 mark.
A layup by Aleksandar Vasiljevic put the score at 15-10, but Young Harris responded with a 18-3 run spanning the next eight minutes, capped by a three-pointer by Viterbo from the top of the key as the Mountain Lions built a 28-18 lead with 7:50 remaining in the first half. Young Harris continued their surge in the first half, going on an 18-9 run capped by a Jackson layup to take their largest lead of the first half at 46-27 with 1:39 on the clock.
The Tornados bounced back to close out the half with a 6-0 spurt as Moose scored back-to-back baskets and Chavis Hamilton hit a pair of free throws as the teams went into the break with Young Harris leading 46-33.
A layup by Viterbo at the 15:03 mark gave the Mountain Lions their largest lead of the game at 62-42, but the Tornados battled back to bring the game all the way back to within six points on a 23-9 run spanning the next seven minutes with Schauss, Hendrix and Vasiljevic each recording multiple baskets in the run as the Tornados cut the lead to 71-65 at the 8:31 mark.
Young Harris again pressed the lead, going back up by 13 at the 1:48 mark on a three-pointer by Jackson, but Tanner answered with a trey from the top of the key and followed with a layup to cut the lead back to within single digits. Schauss stole the inbounds pass on the ensuing possession and drilled a three-pointer from the right corner to cut the lead back to within six with 48 seconds to go, but Martin connected on a pair of free throws and Jackson hit one of two free throws to put the game away as the Tornados fell 91-82.
Brevard returns to South Atlantic Conference play as they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. and Holt Fieldhouse to take on Carson-Newman College on Wednesday, January 4th. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 6 p.m.