Kody Braddix continued his exceptional play in the NJCAA Division III national men's basketball tournament Friday as the Central Lakes College Raiders lost to Montgomery College-Germantown (Md.) 66-55 in the consolation semifinals.
Braddix scored a game-high 24 points, making 8 of 17 shots, including five 3-pointers, as the Raiders lost for the second consecutive day.
C.J. Peeters added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists for CLC, which shot just 39 percent from the field, 47 percent at the foul line.
The Raiders were scheduled to play Middlesex County College (N.J.) for seventh place at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Will Kornbaum of Central Lakes College defended as Montgomery's Robert Pettis drove to the basket in Friday's national consolation semifinals.
Montgomery's Brandon Simms opened Friday's game by scoring the first seven points. The Gryphons led until 13:40 left in the half when CLC's George Washington nailed a 3-pointer to give the Raiders the lead.
With 6:11 left in the first, Montgomery pulled ahead 24-19 and eventually led 34-20 at the intermission.
In the second half Braddix initiated a CLC comeback by hitting two 3-pointers but the Gryphons pulled away for the victory.
Dave Karlson was the leading scorer for Montgomery with 13 points. Robert Pettis added 11.
Montgomery 34 32 - 66
Central Lakes 20 35 - 55
Montgomery 66, Raiders 55
The key: Central Lakes shot 39 percent from the field, 47 percent at the foul line.
Records: CLC 21-10, Montgomery 25-8
Next: CLC vs. Middlesex County College (N.J.) for seventh place in NJCAA Division III national tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Delhi, N.Y.
Brandon Simms 8; Mitchell Dudley 2; Michael Mulcahy 5; Dave Karlson 13; Babu Ghuman 2; Tyrone Roach 4; Robert Pettis 11; Nick Sefcik 7; Desmond Wade 5. FG 24-57 (42 percent). FT 14-22 (64 percent).
George Washington 7; Kody Braddix 24; Matt Moorman 2; C.J. Peeters 8; Fritz Renelus 2; Will Kornbaum 3; Cody Lezer 2; Dustin Monson 7. FG 20-51 (39 percent), 9-19 (47 percent).
Three-point baskets: Montgomery, Pettis, Sefcik, Simms, Mulcahy; CLC, Braddix 5, Kornbaum. Fouled out: CLC, Moorman. Rebounds: Montgomery 37 (Mulcahy 9), CLC 40 (C.J. Peeters 8). Assists: Montgomery 7 (Pettis 3), CLC 13 (C.J. Peeters 4, Moorman 4). Total fouls: Montgomery 21, CLC 21. A-123.
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