clear
Monday December 18th, 2017 5:18PM

Piedmont men's basketball takes down USA South preseason No. 1 LaGrange

By AccessWDUN Staff

DEMOREST — Taking on the preseason No. 1 pick in the USA South, the Piedmont College Men's Basketball team made a statement Sunday winning 88-82 over LaGrange. The Panthers fall to 0-3 in the league while Piedmont moves to 2-2, winners of two straight in USA South play. 

The Lions took an early lead going up by five just before the first media timeout after a layup by Chase England made it 11-6, but the Panthers clawed back to tie the contest at 18 on a 3-pointer by Elijah Adedoyin with 12:46 to go. A pair of free throws by Drew Vanderbrook gave LaGrange its first lead of the game just moments later as that began an eight point run for the Panthers who led 26-18. 

Piedmont battled back with an 8-0 run of their own capped off by a 3-pointer by England to regain the lead 29-28. It was a back and forth contest over the next few minutes until England connected again from downtown to take a two point lead 36-34 with 4:45 remaining in the first half. Though the contest would be tied later in the game, from that point on the Lions never trailed in the game. 

The Lions took a 45-40 lead into the locker room at halftime but that lead quickly dwindled as LaGrange came out on a 5-0 run to tie the contest. A 9-0 run by Piedmont pushed the lead back to 54-45 and set up the Lions in control.

The lead was extended to 10 points after a pair of free throws by Trae Gaines at the 10:16 mark of the second half, but the Panthers continued to hang around, keeping the game within reach. It was a five point game after another 3-pointer from Adedoyin and a layup on the next possession cut it to 78-74 with 4:20 to play. 

Justin Vallejo hit a 3-pointer with 2:50 to go to put the exclamation point on the game and the Lions capitalized at the free throw line to seal the victory.

England had an impressive performance scoring 25 points while going 7-of-9 from the floor, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Gaines also banked 21 points while Vallejo had 14 points and nine rebounds. 

© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Softball roundup: East Hall stays perfect in 7-AAA; Stephens, Chestatee open region play with wins
East Hall, Chestatee, and Stephens County all took big region wins Thursday in girls softball action...
8:23PM ( 2 hours ago )
Volleyball roundup: North Hall sweeps, Branch splits, JHS swept heading into Hall Co. Championships
The North Hall girls volleyball team swept a tri-match against Forsyth Central and Peachtree Ridge Thursday on the road...
8:01PM ( 3 hours ago )
Watson draws praise from Saints after joint practice
When asked if Deshaun Watson looked like a rookie during joint practices with New Orleans, veteran Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro nodded affirmatively.
7:04PM ( 4 hours ago )
Sports
Softball roundup: East Hall runs win streak to 3 with win over Franklin
East Hall won its third straight game Wednesday with a 5-3 triumph over Franklin County in girls softball action at East Hall Park...
8:55PM ( 1 day ago )
Another Prep Talk podcast with AccessWDUN sports editor Morgan Lee and Katie B. up now on Game On
In the second edition of Prep Talk with AccessWDUN sports editor Morgan Lee and Katie B., we take a look back at the first games of the 2017 high school football season and weigh in on surprise performances and outcomes, and the top players of the week.
2:54PM ( 1 day ago )
(VIDEO) Player of the Week: Habersham line paves way in record-shattering win
Friday Game Night has selected the Habersham Central offensive line as our first Player of the Week selection for the 2017 season...
8:09AM ( 1 day ago )
High School Sports
Piedmont men's basketball posts NCAA era-best 7th straight win
For the seventh straight contest, the Piedmont College men's basketball team came out on the winning end picking up a 91-82 victory over Maryville College on Monday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:26PM ( 7 months ago )
Late free throws seal victory as Lions win fifth straight, 59-56
Thanks to Kelly Assinesi's composure at the charity stripe, the Piedmont College men's basketball team claimed a 59-56 victory over the visiting Scots of Covenant College Wednesday.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:23PM ( 7 months ago )
Step-back three with seconds left lifts Ferrum past Lions
Leading by one in the final seconds, the Piedmont College men's basketball team saw Ferrum College's RJ Turner dash their hopes of a road win with a step-back three pointer from the corner that gave the Panthers a 65-63 win on Sunday afternoon.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:26PM ( 8 months ago )
Vallejo's double-double grounds Screaming Eagles, as Lions win
The Piedmont College men's basketball team took the floor in Cave Arena for its home opener on Thursday night against Toccoa Falls College, taking the win, 91-88.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:19PM ( 8 months ago )
Piedmont men drop contest in Tip-Off Classic to Mount St. Joseph, 91-60
The Piedmont Lions dropped their final contest of the tip-off classic to tournament host Mount St. Joseph Sunday afternoon 91-60.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:35AM ( 9 months ago )