STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Junior Jeff Spellman earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team and junior Tom Coyne scored a team-high 19 points but the Bates College men's basketball team fell 91-83 to Gwynedd Mercy in the consolation game of the 17th Annual Tournament of Heroes on Saturday.
Spellman (Boston, Mass.) followed up his 13 points Friday against College of Staten Island with 15 points on 6-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds and two assists on Saturday. The Bobcats (2-9) got a terrific performance from junior Kody Greenhalgh (West Warwick, R.I.) as well; he poured in 15 points and dished out a game-high nine assists. Greenhalgh drilled 5-10 three-point attempts. Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) came off the bench and made six of his 11 shot attempts. He also made five threes.
Courtney Cubbage paced the Griffins (9-5) with a game-high 23 points, Rich Dunham added 21, and Clayton Wolfe scored 15 points while pulling down a game-high eight rebounds.
Bates took an 8-4 lead with 17:50 left in the first half after senior captain Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) split a pair of free throws. After four straight points from the Griffins, Spellman made a layup with 16:37 left in the opening half to put the Bobcats up 10-8. The Griffins tied the game at 10 and first-year Andrew Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) gave Bates an 11-10 lead by splitting a pair of free throws with 15:26 remaining.
Dunham's layup with 15:20 left in the first put the Griffins ahead for good. At halftime, Gwynedd Mercy led by a score of 42-34.
Down 60-52, sophomore Malik Velmar (Yorktown, Va.) and Coyne nailed back-to-back threes to cut the Griffin lead to 60-58 with 11:57 remaining in regulation. Barton answered with a three-point play and Cubbage followed that up with a layup to put the Griffins up seven. A Spellman layup cut the deficit to five with 9:38 to go, but Barton answered with a layup of his own.
That began an 8-0 run for Gwynedd Mercy, culminating with a Shane Ford three to put the Griffins up 13 with 6:36 left.
The Bobcats cut the lead to six a couple times down the stretch but came up short in their final tune-up for NESCAC play, which begins this Friday at Bowdoin. Tip is set for 7pm.