March 12, 2007
No longer are hoops just an afterthought at Augusta State. But many of us were hoping at least one more game would be in the offing.
Instead, Wingate College came into town, and as their coach put it afterwards, "spoiled the party."
For those who were at the game, you got your money's worth. For those who missed it, you missed a dandy.
Led by Garret Siler's career high 28 points, ASU and Wingate exchanged haymakers in the second half. A Wingate bucket with 19 seconds left and a last second blocked shot gave the visiting team the win.
Needless to say there was plenty of emotion afterwards on both sides of the court.
"I just told them to try not to focus on the lost tonight, just focus on all the good things that happened this season," ASU Coach Dip Metress said. "A coach a long time ago told me: two minutes in the locker room after the game, win or loss. We were down there trying to figure out what to say, and we said we want to be in this situation again next year."
Besides a tough night shooting which saw the Jags hit on less than 40 percent of their shots, All-American AJ Bowman was in foul trouble. Some legit calls, others...hmmmm. Coach Metress says it best: "Our All-American played nine minutes in the second half. I don't want to say anything else or I'll get in trouble. It's not about the X's and O's, it's about the Johnnys and Joes, and our Johnny played nine minutes in the second half."
Bowman had 12 points in 21 minutes of action.
Wingate takes on Virginia Union tomorrow night in the region final.