Athletes Beyond Bartow: Basketball, golf, tennis, track & field updates for the week ending Marc
Updates for local athletes in professional basketball plus college hoops, golf, tennis, and track & field for the week ending March 17. The baseball and softball updates for the week may be viewed at this LINK.
A.J. Mosby (Erie Bayhawks, NBA G League; Cartersville) — Mosby saw plenty of action in three games for the Bayhawks this past week, but the Atlanta Hawks affiliate lost all three contests. He started at shooting guard and played 21 minutes Tuesday against Capital City, finishing with six points, three assists and two rebounds. The next day, Mosby saw 33 minutes off the bench against Long Island. He scored eight points with four steals, three rebounds and three assists. On Saturday versus Canton, Mosby started and played 42 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-7 from deep. He wound up with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. Due to the recent success, Mosby has upped his season averages to 4.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He has seen an average of 16.2 minutes across his 16 games (five starts). Mosby has connected on 42 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.5 percent of his 3-point tries and 83.3 percent of his foul shots.
Elijah Robinson (Villa San Martin, Argentina; Excel Christian) — Robinson struggled coming off the bench in both of Villa San Martin’s games this past week. He finished with four points, six rebounds and two assists in a 103-102 victory over Ameghino on Friday. Two days after, Villa San Martin dropped a 74-64 decision to Barrio Parque. Robinson wound up with two points, five rebounds and an assist in the loss.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Sr., Cartersville) — Davis saw his outstanding senior season and Francis Marion career come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Patriots forced overtime against Augusta in a game Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, Francis Marion wound up on the short end of a 77-70 result. Davis capped his collegiate career with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while adding eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky Fr., Cartersville native) — Kentucky landed a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division I Tournament. Hagans and the Wildcats will open the tourney at 7:10 p.m. Thursday against 15th-seeded Abilene Christian in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman Fr., Cartersville) — Pugh and Co. received a No. 3 seed for the 32-team National Invitation Tournament. As such, the Paladins, who finished the regular season at 25-7, will host sixth-seeded Wichita State in the first round at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lindsey Bonner (York So., Cartersville) — Bonner finished in a tie for 15th individually at the adidas Intercollegiate tournament last Monday and Tuesday in Dataw, South Carolina. Bonner carded a first-round 90 and a second-round 86 in helping York place second as a team — just five strokes back of Indiana Tech.
Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Sr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer returned to her dominant self in Saturday’s match against Wright State. In singles play, she rallied from a 6-4 defeat in the opening set to win the next two sets 6-2 and 6-4, respectively. The doubles match couldn’t have been more different, as Gollhofer and Isabelle Dohanics cruised to a 6-0 win.
TRACK AND FIELD
Spencer Fields (Rhodes Sr., Kingston native) — Fields placed fifth in the men’s 5000-meter run at the Rhodes College Track and Field Invitational over the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee.
Note: Nicholas Sullivan of The Daily Tribune News contributed to this report.