By Kameron Doster, Sports Information Student Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Men's Basketball team tips off their 2017-18 campaign against No. 2 Queens University (N.C.) Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Emmanuel College Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bobcat Crossover Classic.
Head coach Mark Gainous enters into his fourth season with Georgia College this Friday. The Bobcats are coming off of a 15-13 record in 2016-17, while going 9-10 in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
The Bobcats are returning several impact players from last season including their top five scorers. Junior Isaac Thomas (Trion) led the team in points per game (10.7) and rebounds per game (8.1). Other impact scorers include senior Desmond Mitchell-LaFlam (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) and sophomore Kohl Roberts (Atlanta), who both averaged over 10 points per game. Other returning impact players are sophomore Garrick DeBowles (Marietta) and senior Brice Booker (Atlanta).
The Bobcats were strong on the defensive side of the ball last season, leading the PBC in points per game allowed (64.5), opponents' field goal percentage (39.2), as well as opponents' three-point percentage (30.1). The team ranked second in blocks per game (5), and third in steals per game (7.5).
Gainous added seven new freshmen to the roster for the 2017-18 season.
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