BCC Dolphins continue on their record-setting run

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

It seems like there’s just no stopping the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team.

The Dolphins extended their winning streak to 11 games last weekend by sweeping a two-game road trip to western North Carolina.

BCC crushed Rockingham Community College 112-63 on Saturday and followed it up with an 89-79 victory Sunday at Guilford Technical Community College.

The Dolphins are 13-1 in the Carolinas Junior College Conference and 23-2 overall with five games remaining in the regular season. They have a three-game lead in the CJCC North Division standings.

“We’ve got four home games left and would love to see the community come out and support these guys as we try to finish off this historic run,” BCC coach Walter Shaw said Monday.

The Dolphins return to their home court at West Brunswick High School on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip-off against Louisburg College.

BCC hosts Roanoke Chowan Community College Sunday at 4 p.m. and Lenoir Community College Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The Dolphins are 8-0 at home this season, and a victory on Saturday would break the school record for consecutive home wins and tie the school mark for consecutive wins overall.

Shaw said last Saturday’s game at Rockingham was the Dolphins best of the season. They led 59-29 at halftime, set a school-record with 15 three-pointers and won by 49 points.

Eight players made at least one three-pointer as the Dolphins shot 15-for-30 from beyond the arc. All 14 players who suited up played and scored.

“It was the best game we’ve played all year. We jumped on them before they could even think. It was the first time we took it somebody buzzer to buzzer,” Shaw said.

“Everybody played, everybody played well, everybody played hard. They played together. I didn’t have to do much coaching.”

Freshman guard Richard Shepherd scored a game-high 18 points to lead BCC. C.J. Hailey chipped in 13, Myles Holley added 12 and Montarrio Haddock and Chris Hovermale had 11 apiece.

“We hit 15 threes. We got what we wanted outside and we got what we wanted inside,” Shaw said. “Our defensive pressure was good.”

High scorers for Rockingham included Anthony Toomer with 14 points, Chris Hargrove with 11 and Anthonie Clarke with 10.

Shaw said Guilford Tech scouted BCC’s game against Rockingham and came out with a plan to stop the Dolphins’ three-point attack.

“They saw us make 15 threes. We knew they were going to come out and stop that from happening, and when they did we went inside. Our bigs played really, really well,” Shaw said.

Holley and Haddock scored 15 points apiece, Shepherd added 14, Josh Jones had 13 and Leon Spencer had 11 to lead the Dolphins.

“Sunday’s game was a tougher game. They were better than Rockingham, and we knew they had lost their last two games and were going to be ready to play,” Shaw said.

“It was two good teams and a hard-fought basketball game. The good thing about it was we had as many fans as they did with so many of our guys coming from Greensboro and Charlotte.”

Ryan Streeter and Alex Moore scored 20 points each and Vince Davis had 16 to lead Guilford Tech.

Shaw said sweeping the weekend series was crucial for BCC, which hopes to win its division and earn a bye in the first round of the upcoming conference tournament.

Game Summary

Brunswick 59 53—112

Rockingham 29 34—63

Brunswick scoring: Shepherd 18, Hailey 13, Holley 12, Haddock 11, Hovermale 11, Foster 9, Jones 8, Basnight 8, Smith 7, Jackson 5, Waters 3, Rose 3, Spencer 2, Taylor 2.

Rockingham scoring: Toomer 14, Hargrove 11, Clarke 10, Brock 8, Walters 6, Johnson 6, Wilson 4, Harrison 4.

Game Summary

Brunswick 35 54—89

Guilford 30 49—79

Brunswick scoring: Holley 15, Haddock 15, Shepherd 14, Jones 13, Spencer 11, Hailey 6, Smith 5, Foster 4, Waters 4, Hovermale 2.

Guilford scoring: Streeter 20, Moore 20, Davis 16, Kosh 9, Short 5, Holtman 5, Martin 2.