King University men, women’s hoops swept by Emmanuel in season openers

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – The King University men’s and women’s basketball teams got their seasons started Wednesday evening against Emmanuel College, but it didn’t go well for both Tornado teams.

The men’s team most a close game, 84-81, while the women’s team dropped its matchup with the Lions, 88-78. Check out highlights from both games in the video above!

Check out the recap of the men’s game below!

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men’s basketball team was tested out of the gate as they hosted Conference Carolinas preseason favorite Emmanuel College in their season-opener. The Tornado stayed with the Lions, but fell short in the end, 84-81.

FINAL: Emmanuel 84, King 81
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 0-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 3-3, 1-0 Conference Carolinas

First Half

  • Back-to-back three-point baskets from Damion Ottman and Josh Releford gave King an early 8-4 advantage.
  • Brandon Lamberth started a 9-0 run with a pair of free throws.
  • J’Son Brooks capped the run with a triple and two free throws, giving King a 21-13 lead six minutes into the contest.
  • Emmanuel worked their way back and took a 24-22 lead following a 9-0 spurt of their own before Lamberth made a pair of free throws.
  • The Lions tried to pull away down the stretch, taking a 43-39 lead at halftime.

Second Half

  • The Tornado came out in the second half and evened the score at 46 in the second half following and MJ Foust steal and jumper in the paint.
  • However, the Lions quickly responded with a pair of baskets to extend their lead.
  • It appeared as Emmanuel was going to pull away as they opened up an 80-68 advantage with six minutes remaining.
  • The Tornado had one more run in them, started by back-to-back baskets Releford and Ottman.
  • In all, King went on a 13-1 run, evening the score at 81 following a Michael Mays jump shot in the paint with 1:57 remaining.
  • The contest was then decided at the free throw line as the Lions made three free throws down the stretch to take the contest 84-81.


  • Lamberth led four Tornado scorers in double figures with 15 points and added seven rebounds.
  • Ottman added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Mays contributed 13 points and Foust chipped in with 11 points.

Check out the recap of the women’s game below!

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s basketball team opened their season against one of the top teams in Conference Carolinas, Emmanuel College, who had already played a pair of games this season. The Tornado kept the game close, but ultimately fell to the Lions 88-78.

FINAL: Emmanuel 88, King 78
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 0-1, 0-1 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 3-0, 1-0 Conference Carolinas

First Period

  • Following a Kiki Samsel triple that evened the score, Emmanuel rolled off seven straight points before an Ali Golden trifecta got the Tornado back on the board.
  • Emmanuel then went on a 13-5 run, opening up a 23-11 lead, and held a 25-16 advantage after the first 10 minutes.

Second Period

  • Caroline Harville got the Tornado offense going with a layup early in the quarter.
  • Jada Owens layup a couple minutes later gave King their first lead of the game and capped an 8-0 Tornado run.
  • The score was even at 35 following a pair of Trinity Lee free throws before the Lions opened up a 40-35 lead.
  • Golden then beat the halftime buzzer as she crossed midcourt and drilled the shot, pulling King within 40-38 at the break.

Third Period

  • The Tornado used the momentum from that triple to start the third quarter, scoring the first seven points.
  • Owens started the run with a jump shot before Ryleigh Fritz gave King a 45-40 advantage with a free throw.
  • King grabbed their lead of six points following a Lee triple that put King ahead 52-46.
  • The Tornado held that lead until the Lions went on a run, outscoring King 19-5 over the final 5:29 of the third quarter to take a 67-59 lead into the final stanza.

Fourth Period

  • King pulled within 71-64 following a Harville layup with nine minutes remaining, but the Tornado couldn’t get a run going the rest of the quarter.
  • Emmanuel held on to take the contest 88-78.


  • Golden led King with 20 points while Lee followed with 17 points.
  • Fritz and Harville followed with eight points each. Fritz grabbed a team-high five rebounds.


  • Breanna Locke led Emmanuel with 30 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
  • Jazmin Allen added 24 points and 13 points.


  • King returns to the court on Saturday when they host Bluefield State College at 2:00 p.m.
  • The game will be streamed live at
  • Emmanuel travels to take on Converse College on Friday and Saturday.

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