BAYTOWN — Close but no cigar for the Bearcats this time out.
After winning at the buzzer twice in recent games, it was Lee College scoring late to take a 92-89 win here Wednesday night.
The team battled hard the entire game. Lee held a 36-32 lead at intermission.
The contest was decided in the second half as LMC rallied for 57 points, but it was not enough to overcome the Rebels.
The game had 10 lead changes in the final five minutes.
Mirza Ahmetbasic had 23 of his team-high 28 points in the final half. For the game the Bosnian import made 9 of 15 shots, including 5 of 9 from 3-point land. For the game LMC made 32 of 86 shots and converting 11 of 27 tries from long distance.
Lon Morris lost the rebounding battle to Lee. The Bearcats had 38 for the game with the Rebels pulling down 49 bounds.
The game down to critical plays in the final minutes. Mark Dorsey gave the Bearcats a one-point lead, 87-86 late in the contest.
Lee responded with buckets from Dominique Keller as the Rebels padded their advantage.
Keller led all scorers with 30 points in the game and 12 rebounds.
For the night, Lee made 36 of 77 shots and 7 of 21 from 3-point territory.
Lee College 92, Lon Morris 89
Score by halves
Lon Morris College 32-57-89
Lee College 36-56-92
Lon Morris- Mirza Ahmetbasic, 28; Ridas Pulkauninkas, 16; Freyser Mena, 15; Eugene Davis, 13; Michael Marsh, 9; Mark Dorsey, 7; Vincent Talbot, 1.
3-point goals - Ahmetbasic (5), Pulkauninkas (4), Davis (2).
Rebounds- Murphy (9), Mena (6), Dorsey (8).
Lee College - Dominique Keller, 30; Hollis Giles, 20; C.J. Busby, 16; St. Paul Lathan, 10; Sergio Trocha, 9; Terrence Littlefield, 3; Motumbo Yombo, 2; Freddie Haynes, 2.
3-point goals - Busby (5), Giles (2).
Rebounds- Keller (12), Lathan, (11), Trocha (7), Littlefield (6).
Next up - Lon Morris plays at home against rival Jacksonville College. Note- the game time for the women is 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the LMC-JC women’s game remains in contention for the playoffs.
The Baytown Sun
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