EMCC drops two games in Tallahassee Holiday Classic

Cam Horton (0) led EMCC with 25 and 20 points in each of the Lions' games in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.
Staff Writer

Last weekend, EMCC’s men traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to compete in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic. The Lions dropped the first contest on Thursday to Pensacola State College 60-56, and fell to host Tallahassee Community College, led by former EMCC head coach Mark White, 86-79 on Friday.

EMCC started out slow in Friday’s contest against the Eagles, with the Lions falling behind 43-28 at the half. The fact that EMCC was out-rebounded 25-14 and outscored 11-0 on second chance points was a large contributor to the Lions 15-point deficit.

EMCC fell behind 48-28 just minutes into the second half, but the Lions would answer with seven consecutive points, behind a Darrious Agnew free-throw and a pair of Dewayne Cox three-pointers.

However, the deficit would remain in double-digits throughout the second half, as EMCC trailed 84-66 with just 2:28 remaining.

From that point on, the Lions would outscore Tallahassee Community College 13-2, cutting the final margin to seven points.

The Eagles were led by Leon Freeman-Daniels’ game high 34-points and 13 rebounds, while EMCC’s Cox led the Lions with 25 points off the bench. Terryonte Thomas finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Cam Horton added 16 points for EMCC.

Thursday’s matchup featured sloppy play in the first half, as it was evident both teams were a bit rusty from the Christmas break.

The Lions committed 12 turnovers in the first half and Pensacola College shot just 30-percent from the field, resulting in a 28-28 tie at the midway point.

The Pirates opened up a 44-39 lead midway through the second half, but Robert Davis Jr. would cut the EMCC lead to 48-47 with six minutes left in the game. Pensacola College’s Matt Johnson nailed back-to-back three-point baskets to push the lead back to five with 2:30 remaining.

Horton would drain a three-pointer to tie the game at 54-all with less than a minute remaining in the contest. Mike McDougal answered on the other end to give Pensacola College the lead and the Lions committed yet another turnover, forcing them to put Daryl Lewis at the charity stripe. Lewis would ice the game from the foul line, as the Pirates won 60-56.

Horton led EMCC with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting on Thursday night, while Cox added nine points in the loss.

EMCC will be at home tomorrow night against Meridian Community College at 7:30 p.m.