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Playing their final two games at West Brunswick High School before moving into the new gym on campus, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team beat USC Salkehatchie 68-66 Saturday and Aiken Technical College 68-64 Sunday.
BCC, 9-3 in Region X, 21-5 overall, plays Friday at Cape Fear Community College and Feb. 26 at Denmark Technical College in the final scheduled games of the regular season. The Region X championship tournament is March 4-7 at BCC.
Jamar Taylor’s dunk with 18.2 seconds left and his free throw clinched BCC’s victory over Aiken and avenged an earlier defeat.
With the score tied 58-58, Lamonte Theus passed the ball to Mi’kyel Nero in the post for a turnaround jumper that put BCC ahead 60-58 with 1 minute, 32 seconds.
Andrew Jackson then picked up a loose ball after Aiken missed a shot, and Aiken eventually fouled Taylor. His two free throws gave BCC a 62-58 lead with 63 seconds left.
Aiken hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 62-61 with 49 seconds left. BCC called time with 34.6 seconds left to set up what proved to be the winning play. A pass from Jackson to Theus, and his pass back to Jackson in the free-throw lane, drew Aiken’s defense away from Taylor, near the left side of the basket. Jackson’ quick pass to Taylor resulted in an easy dunk and a foul. The free throw put BCC ahead 65-61 with 18.2 seconds left. Aiken was unable to get off a shot on its next possession, and BCC hit free throws in the final 10 seconds for its final points.
Taylor and Theus each finished with 11 points. Jeremy Basnight was BCC’s top scorer, with 21 points, and he was the Dolphins’ main threat in the first half. Basnight hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points as the Dolphins took a 25-17 lead. He came out of the game with 7:23 left in the half and BCC ahead 28-17. BCC scored eight points the rest of the half but held a 33-32 lead.
Basnight returned at the start of the second half, but it was Theus who provided the early scoring. He hit two 3-pointers and had an offensive rebound in giving the Dolphins a 41-32 lead.
Two 3-pointers by Chris Hovermale put BCC ahead 53-48, but Aiken eventually tied the score 58-58 when it hit two free throws with 1:59 left.
Other BCC scoring: Nero 9, Hovermale 9, Jackson 6, Terneil Rhodes 1.
Jeremy Basnight hit a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left as Brunswick Community College beat USC Salkehatchie 68-66 Saturday.
BCC trailed 60-51 with six minutes left when it rallied for the victory.
Defense sparked the comeback. Alfred Frayer blocked a shot and that led to possession in which Andrew Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Frayer’s defense on the next possession caused USCS to miss a shot and that led to a 3-pointer by Basnight from the left wing, cutting the lead to 60-59 with 5:07 left.
USCS led 65-61 with 2:20 left, but a free throw by Mi’kyel Nero and another free throw by Lamonte Theus cut the lead to 65-63 with 1:57 left.
The Dolphins tied the score on a basket by Nero off a pass from Basnight with 1:32 left.
USCS hit a free throw with 66 seconds left for a 66-65 lead. BCC missed a layup with 50 seconds left, but USCS missed a jumper with 34 seconds left and Theus grabbed the rebound. Basnight then hit the game-winning jumper with 25 seconds left.
USCS twice had chances to tie or win the game in the final 20 seconds. Jackson blocked shot with 8.4 seconds left. After a timeout, USCS botched an inbounds pass—the ball rolled past halfcourt—and then missed a 3-pointer.
BCC opened a 15-5 lead on a 3-pointer by Basnight, a dunk by Basnight, a basket by Jamar Taylor off a pass from Jackson and a jump shot by Nero.
A pass from Theus to Nero led to a basket and a 21-9 lead, but USCS quickly cut the lead to 21-15 with 7:36 left in the half.
A score by Theus, a turnaround jumper by Nero and a 3-pointer by Basnight put BCC ahead 30-18. But BCC scored four points the rest of the half as USCS cut the lead to 34-29 by halftime. A three-point play by Taylor and his reverse dunk put BCC ahead 39-31, but the lead vanished when USCS outscored the Dolphins 11-2 to take a 42-41 lead with 15:30 left.
Scoring for BCC: Mi’kyel Nero 15, Isaac Nixon 7, Lamonte Theus 3, Andrew Jackson 7, Jeremy Basnight 17, Brian Davis 7, Justin Blackwell 2, Jamar Taylor 10.
Wilkes Community College went on a 15-0 run in the second half en route to a 76-56 victory Saturday afternoon over Brunswick Community College in a women’s basketball game at West Brunswick High School.
BCC fell behind 10-1 but a 3-pointer by Chrissy Campbell began a comeback in which BCC took a 20-19 lead. In the run, a basket by Jessica Moyer and a layup by Campbell cut the lead to 13-9. A score by Shonquilla Ward and a basket by Moyer off a pass from Campbell cut the lead to 17-13.
A 3-pointer from the left wing by Ward, a layup by Lesley Morse and two free throws by Kiana Galloway put BCC ahead 20-19 with 4:52 left in the half.
The game remained close the rest of the half. In the final minute, a steal by Campbell led to a basket by Margaret Smith off a pass from Galloway, tying the score 27-27. But Wilkes hit a jumper just before the buzzer to take a 29-27 lead.
In the second half, BCC behind 41-31, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Galloway and a 3-pointer by Moyer cut the lead to 44-40. A score by Morse and a basket by Michelle McCoy after a steal by Campbell tied the score 44-44 with 12:12 left.
Two free throws by Moyer after she was fouled making a steal, a layup by Morse, a layup by Ward and a jump shot from the corner by Morse gave the Dolphins a 52-48 lead.
But WCC forced five turnovers in a 15-0 run in taking a 63-52 lead. WCC hit two 3-pointers in the run and hit three more in the final 3:55 to clinch the victory.
Scoring for BCC: Margaret Smith 2, Lesley Morse 8, Chrissy Campbell 10, Michelle McCoy 3, Kiana Galloway 11 Jessica Moyer 15, Shonquilla Ward 7.
On a 67-29 loss Sunday to WCC, BCC’s top scorer was Moyer, with seven points. Campbell, Robin Smith and Galloway each scored six points. Margaret Smith and McCoy each scored two points.
The Lady Dolphins, 1-16, end the regular season with a game Feb. 18 at Louisburg College and a game Feb. 21 at Denmark Technical College.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.