Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Erskine Flying Fleet in 70-53 final on Wednesday evening.
Southern Wesleyan shot 32% in field goals and went 72.2% from the free throw line. Jacob Smith led the team with 15 points. Smith was followed by DJ Dobson with 13 points and Jeremy Wert with 10 points. Jalen Lowery led the team with six assists and was followed by Dobson with two and Smith with one, respectively.
The Warriors had 33 rebounds with junior Justice McCullough leading the team with 10. Four Warriors posted steals in the loss.
Final: Erskine 70, Southern Wesleyan 53
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-19 / CC 1-11), Erskine (7-13 / CC 3-9)
How It Happened
The Flying Fleet struck first and quickly took a 10-0 lead over Southern Wesleyan. A 3-pointer from Jacob Smith put the Warriors on the board and made the score 10-3. The Warriors continued to battle with free throws from DJ Dobson and a dunk from Jalen Lowery. Erskine continued to push ahead, but Bryson Williams nailed three three-point shots in a row and one from Smith cut the lead and put the Warriors only four behind at 24-20. The Fleet pushed their lead to 31-20 with a layup from Jordan Watson to lead the Warriors at the half.
The Fleet jumped out first in the second half, but the Warriors quickly responded with a layup from DJ Dobson, who was fouled on the shot and went on to make his free throw. Jeremy Wert hit a jumper and was followed with a three-pointer and layup from Jacob Smith to trail by 11 at 43-32. Dobson made several free throws to keep the Warriors in the game and was followed by Zalan Richards with a pair to make it 53-39. Jeremy Wert made back-to-back shots and was followed by Dobson and Jalen Lowery with layups to make it a 20-point game at 68-48. Free throws from Jacob Smith and a late three-pointer from Jeremy Wert were not enough as the Fleet went on to win the game in a 70-53 final.
The Warriors will travel to Wilson, N.C. on February 3 to take on the Barton Bulldogs at 4 p.m. and will return home to play Lees-McRae on February 6 at 7:30 p.m.