Cobras Can’t hold on late and drop tough game to richard bland college

March 23rd, 2017

On a night where the Parkland Men left it all out on the court, it was a run of missed opportunities that doomed the Cobras as they dropped a heartbreaking 71-65 game to Richard Bland CC of Virginia. The loss sends the Cobras into a 1:00 game on Friday against Pima CC of Arizona. The Aztecs lost an 81-75 decision to #1 SW Iowa earlier on Thursday.

After a quick start, that saw the Cobras take a 14-12 lead with 11:33 to go in the opening half, RB went on a 19-7 run to grab a 10 point lead at 31-21 with 5:09 remaining. PC would cut the margin to four only to see the Statesmen convert a three-point play with 0.1 left to push the lead to 39-32 at the break. The margin remained close due to outstanding free throw shooting that saw the Cobras make 17-20 in the half.  Richard Bland dominated in every other aspect as they out shot PC 62% to 26% and controlled the boards 19-8.

The Cobras would come out with all of the energy in the second half as they grabbed the lead at 45-44 with 15:41 to go.  Parkland would extend the lead to 54-50 with 10:46 but a a string of seven straight scoreless possessions (3 turnovers, 3 missed shots, and a missed 1-1) kept PC from extending their lead.  

A Grant Gibson three and Luke Beesley lay-up gave the Cobras their biggest lead of the game at 59-53 at the 6:44 mark and PC still had a four point lead at 63-59 with 4:50 left after Chelby Frazier made a pair of free throws. From there, PC missed three golden opportunities to extend their lead but came up empty.  The Statesmen would eventually take advantage, as they made 1 of 2 free throws and got a rebound bucket to cut the lead to 63-62 with 2:35 left. 

After another Cobra miss, Bland followed with a Jaquan Mooten bucket to give them their first lead since the 13:50 mark.  The Cobras missed a long three and Myles Markland made a shot to extend the lead to 66-63 with 1:05 remaining.  Cornelius McIntosh's lay-up with 55.8 got the Cobras back within one but Wooten would score again and PC would turn the ball over forcing the Cobras to foul and send the Statesmen to the line. They were able to make 3-4 free throws  in the final 30 seconds, while PC could not connect from the field, as RB secured the victory. 

Luke Beesley continued his outstanding post-season play as he finished with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to go. Cornelius McIntosh and Chelby Frazier both finished with 10 points apiece.  Richard Bland was led by Deandre Clark with 17 and Gevon Arrington with 16. Bland shot 52% for the game to 38% for the Cobras and dominated the glass 35-21. PC stayed close by forcing 22 turnovers and making 23 of 29 free throws. 

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