by Jason Mehl, Director of TFC Sports Information
The Toccoa Falls College men’s basketball team (9-11, 3-4 conference) has won five of its last six games. On Feb. 8 TFC dropped a conference game to Atlanta Christian College in East Point. The Eagles played a strong first half and were only down 36-33 at the break. But a rash of turnovers and missed shots in the second half allowed Atlanta to build up a 15 point lead early. With nine minutes remaining, the Eagles cut the lead to six, but they struggled to generate offense and Atlanta won the game, 78-63. Danny Snyder led the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Nick Droll had 13 points and Ryan McGarvey dished out 5 assists.
On Feb 10 the Eagles traveled to Warren Wilson College (North Carolina) and beat the hosts on senior night. Warren Wilson built up an early lead and went up 25-17 mid-way through the first half, but TFC went on a 13-2 run to take the lead and kept it the rest of the game. The halftime score was 35-32 and the Eagles built the lead to as much as nine in the second half. Warren Wilson made a run near the end of the game and cut the lead to two points, but Johnny Sutherland stepped up and hit two free throws and a jumper down the stretch to seal the 78-75 win. Sutherland led scorers with 22 points, followed by Snyder (14), Droll (13) and Jason Palmer (11).
The TFC women have struggled recently, losing four straight games. They too lost to conference rivals Atlanta Christian on Feb 8. They Lady Eagles played their first of two games without Head Coach Paul Shiffer who was out with the flu. They were able to hang with the hosts for the first 10 minutes of the game, but things got out of hand quickly and spiraled out of control and Atlanta won the game 87-52.
After traveling to Chattanooga where they lost 66-25 to a tough Tennessee Temple University team, the Lady Eagles hosted Piedmont Baptist College in an important conference game. The Lady Eagles won the first encounter at home, 56-50, but things were different on the road. The Lady Eagles were down 43-31 at halftime. While they were able to outscore Piedmont in the second half, they couldn’t contain Piedmont’s top scorer, who had a game high 39 points, and TFC lost 70-63.
Both TFC teams are in Florida this weekend wrapping up the regular season with important conference games.