Vasiljevic leads the way in Tornados defeat to Young Harris

Gist blocks three shots in the loss to the Mountain Lions

Box Score

Young Harris, Ga. - Five Mountain Lions were in double-digits on Monday evening in the YHC Basketball Arena, as the Tornados fell on the road despite an 11 point performance by Aleksandar Vasiljevic.

An early 11-2 second half run by Young Harris (15-3) helped the hosts pull away from the Tornados (3-17) as the Mountain Lions led by as many as in recording the season sweep over the Brevard.

Vasiljevic led the Tornados with 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor as the Tornados shot 34.7 percent (25-72) from the floor in the contest. Gaither Hendrix, Dominique Pickett and Jermichael Tanner added eight points apiece, while Michael Gist had three blocked shots in the loss.

Frank Adams led all scorers with 18 points, while Vince Martin finished the contest with 17 as the Mountain Lions topped the Tornados for the second time on the season. Colin Cook added 14 points and nine blocked shots, while Steve Viterbo recorded the double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bryson Robertson added 10 points in the win.

Robertson opened the scoring for the Mountain Lions in the contest, scoring on the opening possession for Young Harris as the hosts held the early lead in the contest. Young Harris went up 11-6 following a Viterbo layup, but a dunk by Michael Gist on the fast break put the score at 11-8 with 13:11 left in the first half.

The Mountain Lions rattled off the next six points as Viterbo drained a pair from the free throw line and Adams drove in for a pair of layups to put Young Harris up 17-8 at the 11:52 mark. The Tornados battled back, going on a 13-4 run over the next three minutes as Tanner, Gist and Moose all drove to the basket to knot the game up at 21 all following a Tanner free throw with 8:44 to play in the half.

Jackson ended the BC run with a pair of free throws as the Mountain Lions went on an 8-0 run capped by a Robertson dunk at the 5:53 mark to go up 29-21. Young Harris would go up by as many as 12 in the first half, holding the 35-23 advantage with 3:54 on the clock on a Robertson jump shot, but a Hendrix three-pointer and a pair of layups by Vasiljevic in the final minute sent the teams into the halftime break with the Mountain Lions holding the 37-30 advantage.

Robertson and Vasiljevic traded baskets to open the second half, but the Mountain Lions built a double-digit lead on their next possession as Jackson drained a three-pointer from the top of the key at the 18:29 mark as Young Harris went up 42-32. The Tornados brought the game back to within six on Tanner’s three-pointer with 13:18 on the clock, cutting the lead to 49-43, but an 11-2 YHC run extended the lead to 15 at 60-45 on a Martin free throw with 8:34 remaining.

Young Harris went up by as many as 23 following a Martin three-pointer as Brevard fell on the road at the YHC Basketball Arena, 80-58.

Brevard returns home to the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium on Wednesday, February 1st as they welcome South Atlantic Conference opponent Carson-Newman College. Tipoff between the Tornados and the Eagles in Brevard, N.C. is set for 8 p.m.

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