DANVILLE, Ill. — Frank Holloway scored 36 points and it still almost wasn’t enough.
The Garrett Lakers beat John Wood Community College 93-92 in the consolation bracket of the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament early Thursday afternoon.
Garrett led 84-74 with 1:08 to play and held on as John Wood made its comeback. A review on a potential game-tying three-pointer for the Blazers with one second remaining went the Lakers way for the one-point victory.
Holloway, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, led the way for Garrett College with 13 baskets, including three 3-pointers, 7 of 9 on free throws and he had eight rebounds. Corey Groom added 25 points as he was perfect on 10 foul shots.
Garrett led 43-35 in a balanced first-half statistically for each squad. The Lakers and Blazers each shot over 48 percent from the field, the difference being made attempts by Garrett to give it the advantage in the early session.
John Wood battled Garrett strong in the second half, knocking down seven three pointers and making more free throws. Each team continued to shoot the ball well, combining for 107 second half points — and increasing their field goal percentages to over 50 percent in the final half.
In all, Garrett came away with the victory due to a 40-22 points-in-the-paint advantage and a strong bench performance, getting 17 from its reserves for the game. They were out rebounded 34-23 by the Blazers, but won the turnover battle.
John Wood was led by Brody Gronewood with 25 points. T.J. Tisdale scored 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Jordan Johnson added 23 points.
Garrett will play South Suburban College today at 2 p.m. following Potomac State’s noon game with St. Louis Community College. Should both teams win, they’ll face one another on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 7th-place game.