A.J. Mosby’s halfcourt buzzer-beater lifts Chatt Tech to No. 14 in NJCAA

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The Chattahoochee Tech mens basketball team is on a roll, winning 10 in a row, and are now up to 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Three former Cartersville High players are starting and have made a major impact on the team, and thanks to their efforts, the Golden Eagles were ranked No. 14 in the country in the NJCAA when the rankings were released Tuesday.

Also highlighting this week’s spotlight of former Bartow athletes at the next level is a recent Chattahoochee Tech graduate Elijah Robinson, who had an impressive highlight dunk for Division II Emmanuel College this week, and swimmer Elise Hart’s strong showing in a meet for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

A.J. Mosby (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — On Jan. 14, 2015, as a freshman at Chatt Tech, Mosby hit a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left in a road victory over Georgia Perimeter. On Monday, almost a year to the day, Mosby hit another game-winning 3 to beat a conference rival. This time, Mosby hit a buzzer-beating halfcourt shot to lift Chatt Tech over South Georgia Tech on the road by a score of 90-89.

Mosby’s Cartersville teammate Ryan Davis inbounded the ball with about three seconds remaining from under Chatt Tech’s own basket, passed to Mosby moving to his left at the free throw line. Mosby then took one dribble and heaved the ball toward the basket while near the left sideline just behind the halfcourt line. The buzzer sounded just after Mosby released the ball as he banked in the shot to give Chatt Tech the one-point victory. Mosby finished the game as the leading scorer with 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from 3, and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds, three steals and two assists in the game.

Chatt Tech is 4-0 since the holiday break and 2-0 in conference play. In the conference game on a Jan. 6 against Gordon State, Mosby scored 15 points, added seven assists, six rebounds and three steals as the Golden Eagles won by a score of 102-76.

Mosby is now averaging 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the floor, 47.2 percent from 3 and 79.2 percent from the free throw line.

On Dec. 7, 2015, Mosby received a Division I offer from Alcorn State.

Ryan Davis (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — Mosby was not the only former Cane who had a big game for Chatt Tech Monday against South Georgia Tech as Davis had a career-high 32 points. He scored efficiently as he shot 13-of-21 from the field and 2-of-3 from distance, adding seven rebounds, three assists and a steal with just one turnover in 40 minutes. The performance Monday came on the heels of Davis scoring 27 points Jan. 6 against Gordon State. In that game, he went 11-of-18 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3, contributing 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Davis is now averaging 15.4 points on 56 percent shooting from the field in 29.3 minutes per game this season. He also is averaging 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game.

Corey Tobin (Chattahoochee Tech So., Cartersville) — Tobin continues to be lights out from behind the 3-point arc, as expected, shooting a Steph Curry-like 47.2 percent from 3. He scored 15 against Gordon State Jan. 6 on 4-of-8 shooting from 3, adding four steals and six assists. He has made at least two 3s in 11 of his last 14 games.

For the season, Tobin is averaging 9.1 points in 27.1 minutes per game with 4.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

Elijah Robinson (Emmanuel Jr., Excel) — Robinson, a 6-foot-5 wing playing for D-II Emmanuel College by way of Excel and then Chattahoochee Tech, was named athlete of the week by Emmanuel College Monday. He threw down a monsterous spin move and dunk over a Belmont Abbey defender during a game Saturday. Emmanuel is 9-4 on the season and Robinson has started every game, steadily improving as he gets acclimated during his first season with the team after starring for Chatt Tech last year. He is averaging 10.7 points (second on the team) in 22.6 minutes with 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and has scored at least 15 points in each of his last four games. He had a double-double Jan. 2 in a 72-69 loss to Mount Olive with 15 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with four assists and a steal. He had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists Jan. 8 in 24 minutes in an 80-77 loss to Pfeiffer, and 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting in a 81-71 win over Belmont Abbey the next day in 26 minutes with five rebounds.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kaelyn Irby (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Irby scored 12 points, dished out five assists, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals in an 81-80 loss to Columbia State on Jan. 8 in Gadsden State’s first game back from break. For the season, Irby is averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

Morgan Jones (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Jones scored two points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a shot in a start Jan. 8. She has started in 11 of the 12 games she has played in, averaging 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Marissa Dubose (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Dubose saw action in the game against Columbia State, registering three rebounds and a blocked shot. Dubose is averaging 2.5 rebounds per game on the year.

Maya Jones (Gadsden State So., Cartersville) — Maya Jones saw action in the loss to Columbia State.

Sydney Boyd (Brewton-Parker Fr., Woodland) — Boyd has played in all four of Brewton-Parker’s games since the break, starting two. She scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field in 15 minutes in a win over William Carey on Jan. 2. She then scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting two days later against Blue Mountain, adding two rebounds in 16 minutes. On Jan. 9 against Mobile, she scored nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line with four rebounds in 18 minutes. Boyd is averaging 5.6 points in 10.5 minutes per game this season, an impressive 21.3 points per 40 minutes.

Ashley Huskins (Cumberlands Fr., Cass) — Huskins saw four minutes of action in a 61-51 loss to Lindsey Wilson Jan. 9. Huskins has played in 11 of her team’s 13 games so far this season, starting one and averaging 11.4 minutes, 2.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She is shooting an impressive 71 percent on 2-point field goals this year.

SWIMMING

Elise Hart (Air Force So., Cartersville) — Hart helped Air Force to a third-place finish in the five-team Orange Bowl Classic Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Florida. Hart competed in three races in the meet. She placed sixth out of 17 swimmers in the 50 meter backstroke with a time if 31.71 seconds. She also placed 10th out of 16 swimmers in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 28.43 seconds. In addition, she swam the third leg for Air Force’s fifth-place 200-meter medley relay team in a time of 28.89 seconds.

WRESTLING

Gerry Vassil (Belmont Abbey Jr., Cartersville) — Vassil and Belmont Abbey competed in the Coker Duals Jan. 8 in Hartsville, South Carolina. Vassil went 1-2 on the day in the 184-pound weight class. His win came in a pin against his Greensboro opponent. Belmont Abbey went 3-0 on the day and won the duals.