Salisbury, N.C. – Dominick Reid played the game of his life, scoring 30 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to lead Catawba over Brevard, 90-80, Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gymnasium. The sophomore from Charlotte, N.C. had a career high in both categories.
The loss, coupled with Carson-Newman’s 80-74 win over Wingate on Saturday, ends the season for Brevard (12-15, 3-13 South Atlantic Conference). With four SAC wins, the Eagles grab the eighth and final spot in the 2009 Food Lion SAC Tournament, which starts Wednesday.
Rob Fields (Orangeburg, S.C.) supplemented Reid’s heroic day with 14 points of his own, and Donald Rutherford (Morganton, N.C.) was a perfect 5-5 from the floor en route to 12 points. The Indians (18-9, 10-6 SAC) outrebounded Brevard, 45-28; the Tornados were 0-6 this season when losing the battle of the boards.
Cody Siniard (Brevard, N.C.) led the Tornados with a career-high 19 points. Fellow junior guard Darin Dellinger scored 14 points, and Shane Galloway (Rosman, N.C.) scored 12. In their final collegiate game, seniors Joseph Chilton (Brasstown, N.C.) and Sean Ferretti (Amherst, N.Y.) scored ten and nine points respectively.
The Tornados grabbed their first lead of the game at the 14:50 mark of the first half, when Jonathan Whitson (Clyde, N.C.) stroked two free throws to put the Tornados up, 14-13. The final Brevard first period lead came with 8:10 left in the frame, when Andrew Freeman (Asheville, N.C.) canned a jumper to make the score 26-25.
But a 9-3 run by Catawba, capped by one of Reid’s eight three-pointers, put the home side up, 34-29, with 5:14 left in the half. The Indians went into intermission with a 40-37 advantage.
The Tornados took one brief lead in the second half. A Ferretti lay-in put Michael Jones’ team up, 45-44, with 16:26 to play. But 11 seconds later, Rutherford made a jumper to put Catawba up for good.
Catawba took their first double-digit lead with 10:07 to play, when Reid scored a lay-up to push the score to 66-56.
Back-to-back trifectas from Siniard brought the road team back within six, 76-70, with 5:17 left, but Brevard could get no closer. The Indians held on for the win, sending the Tornados home for the season.
After the game, Jones was understandably disappointed with the loss, but found plenty of positives in the 2008-09 season. “Even though we didn’t make the SAC Tournament, we accomplished so much this season,” he said. “We tripled our number of wins from last season, and we won three SAC games, more than most people thought was possible.
“Above all,” Jones added. “…this is a fine group of young men that I was proud to coach. I have no doubt that they’re going to go on to do great things in this world.
Catawba will play an opponent to be determined later Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Food Lion SAC Tournament.