Hartsville, SC- Mason Ambler (Atlanta, GA) received a bounce pass in the lane from Michael Gore (Landis, NC) and laid in the game winning basket with just 1.3 seconds remaining in the game, allowing the Cobras to defeat the Indians of Newberry College 70-68. The win improves Coker to 3-4 overall, while the Indians fall to 3-3 overall.
It was a back and forth battle most of the game, with five lead changes and four ties throughout the two halves of play. Coker seemed their way to their third straight loss with just seven minutes remaining, as they trailed by nine points, 63-54, but the Cobras were far from done. Behind the leadership of Ambler and his six points and a big 3-pointer from J.C. Hafner with just 2:45 left, the Cobras battled back to take the victory.
One of the major differences in the game was Coker’s ability to get points off of turnovers, as the Cobras converted 18 Indian turnovers into 30 points, while Newberry scored just 13 points off of 13 Coker turnovers.
Ambler was the game high scorer with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Hafner had 11 points. Gore netted eight points of his own, with five assists, including the one on the game winning basketball. Ryan Fulwood (Cumming, GA) added nine points, all from beyond the arch for the Cobras.
For Newberry, Stephane Bakinde (Cameroon) led the Indians with 14 points and six rebounds, while Grant Domsic (Winter Park, FL) had 13 points and Vytautas Valiulis (Vininus, Lithuania) had 12 points and five assists.
Coker will now break for exams, before returning to the court of on December 13, as they travel to UNC-Pembroke. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.