Written by Ryan Bartels
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner (13-6, 8-2 SSAC) overcame a four-point halftime deficit to gain a five point advantage mid way through the second period of this afternoon’s Southern States Athletic Conference contest against by Martin Methodist (13-7, 7-3 SSAC) here at Tine Davis Gymnasium, but an equally brilliant surge by the visitors shifted the momentum permanently in the RedHawks’ favor solidifying the 84-77 victory.
After a rather back and forth first half that left Martin Methodist in a two-shot lead at the break, the Eagles went to work on their largest point run of the outing.
Faulkner battled its way out of a seven-point rut and into the lead courtesy of a 12-0 spark that culminated near the 11-minute mark.
The RedHawks answered immediately with a 15-0 a scoring spree of their own, however, that gave the visitors a lead they would never relinquish.
Caleb Chowbay was huge for the RedHawks late in the event. The senior guard led all scorers with 21 points, 20 of which arrived in the second half. Chowbay was 11-for-12 from the free throw line and 2-for-3 from 3-point territory.
Logan Jozwiak led Faulkner with 20 points which included a 6-for-10 effort from behind the arc. The junior also added eight rebounds and two assists to this afternoon’s resume.
Jose Jimenez had 16 points, four steals and rebounds and added three assists to the numbers total for Faulkner.
Marquis Grays offered up 14 points, four assists and a pair of steals and rebounds while teammate Rene Scott had 13 points and three boards.
“It shouldn’t have got to the point it did, especially late in the game,” said head coach Scott Sanderson. “We played like a team that’s won nine games and not like a team that was hungry for number 10. I wasn’t happy with how we played defensively. We gave up too many points and they shot 47 percent and that’s just too high. We just weren’t up to the task today.”
Faulkner will look to rebound from the disappointing loss Tuesday evening when it hosts Middle Georgia State in SSAC play. A win there would also usher in a bit of redemption for the home team as well since the Knights are the only other league opponent to best the Eagles this season. Middle Georgia State took the SSAC opener in Cochran in early December. Tuesday’s tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.