LAKE WALES, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2018) – Two attempts from beyond the arc during the final seconds of overtime were unsuccessful as the Johnson & Wales men's basketball team (8-20, 6-12 TSC) fell to the Warner Royals (19-11, 10-8 TSC), 102-99, on Saturday evening.
Trailing by seven with 1:12 left in overtime, the Wildcats cut the Royal lead to four following a 3-pointer by Jack Joseph. After a miss by Warner's Khalil Ozuna, JWU's Nick Preradovic drained a jumper with 25 seconds left on the clock, 101-91. Following the make, the Wildcats set Denzell Osson to the line. Missing the first free-throw attempt, Osson made the second to give Warner a 102-99 edge with 22 seconds left in the game. Coming out of a timeout with 15 seconds remaining, JWU tried to set up a play for the game-tying 3-pointer. Gino Fils-Aime, who led JWU with five 3-pointers in the game, made two attempts from beyond the arc in the waning seconds but was unsuccessful as the Wildcats dropped their season finale.
Fils-Aime ended the night with a team-high 26 points; one shy of his career best. The Miami native was 9-of-19 from the floor and 5-of-11 from 3-point range. He also added six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Isa Brandon poured in 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. The team's leading rebounder led JWU with nine boards while notching three steals.
Preradovic added 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including three from downtown. Majuan Bates contributed 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting and was 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats shot 45.1 percent (32-of-71) from the floor and hit a season-high 19 3-pointers. Warner converted on 57.4 percent of its shots (35-of-61) and was 7-of-17 from 3-point range. The Royals (25-of-35) went to the line 13 more times than the Wildcats, making nine more free-throws than JWU (16-of-22).
With the loss, JWU finishes the season 8-20 overall and 6-12 in Sun Conference play.