Bobcats clinch winning seasonPublished 9:53pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012
COLOMA — For the first time in more than a decade, the Brandywine boys basketball team is guaranteed to finish the 2011-12 season with a winning record.
The Bobcats picked up their 11th victory of the season Tuesday night with a 46-40 decision over host Coloma.
Brandywine (11-9, 4-8 Lakeland Conference) outscored the Comets (3-16, 2-10 Lakeland) 10-2 in the second quarter to open up a 19-15 halftime advantage.
Coloma grabbed an early 13-9 lead as it tried to avenge a 46-39 loss to the Bobcats last week.
Both teams netted 10 points in the third quarter leaving the Bobcats with a 29-25 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of the regular season finale for Brandywine.
Brandywine was able to outscore Coloma 17-15 in the fourth quarter as it held on for the victory.
The Comets held a 21-16 advantage in field goals, but the Bobcats were 17-of-23 from the free throw line compared to 2-of-3 for Coloma.
Alex Erwin scored 15 points to lead Brandywine, which also got seven points from both Austin Searles and Evan Hartman.
Earl Taylor scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Comets.
Michael Shelton 4; Austin Searles 7; Michael Schoenleber 5; Brian Kline 4; Mykal Toxopeus 4; Alex Erwin 15; Evan Hartman 7. TOTALS: 16 17-23 46
Earl Taylor 17; Andrew Steinhoff 2; Nick Caldwell 8; Devin Williams 4; Tracey Lamar 7; Tyler Fisher 2. TOTALS: 21 2-3 40
Brandywine 9 19 29 46
Coloma 13 15 25 40
3-point baskets: Brandywine 3 (Searles, Schoenleber, Kline), Coloma 4 (Taylor, Ni. Caldwell 2, Lamar). Total fouls (fouled out): Brandywine 8 (none), Coloma 19 (none). Technical fouls: Coloma 2 (Lamar, Fischer).Varsity records: Brandywine 11-9, 4-8 Lakeland; Coloma 3-16, 2-10 Lakeland