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Spartanburg Methodist avenged a three-point defeat by beating Brunswick Community College 79-77 Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.
BCC, which missed a score-tying basket in the final seconds, dropped to 6-3 in Region X, 18-5 overall. BCC won the first meeting Jan. 18 61-58. The Pioneers are 7-4, 13-9.
Lamonte Theus led BCC in scoring with 19 points. He scored 16 of those points in the second half as he helped rally the Dolphins from a 57-51 deficit to a 64-59 lead with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left.
In the comeback, Theus scored eight straight points—two free throws, a rebound, a lauyup and another layup off a steal—and BCC took a 59-57 lead. After a score by Spartanburg Methodist, Theus hit a fadeaway 3-pointer from the left wing. He then rebounded a missed shot and passed to Isaac Nixon for a layup and the 64-59 lead with 7:30 left.
A 3-pointer by Chris Hovermale gave BCC a 67-61 lead, but Spartanburg Methodist tied the score 73-73 by hitting a 3-pointer with three minutes. Two free throws with 77 seconds left extended the lead to 78-73.
BCC cut the lead to 78-75 after Theus made two free throws with 68 seconds left.
Neither team scored again until BCC’s Justin Blackwell tipped in a missed shot with 10.5 seconds left. BCC fouled, and Spartanburg Methodist made 1-of-2 free throws with 8.5 seconds left for a 79-77 lead. BCC missed a score-tying shot in the final seconds.
In the first half, Jeremy Basnight hit four straight 3-pointers in giving BCC a 12-6 lead. Jamar Taylor’s three-point play off a dunk put BCC ahead 17-9.
Spartanburg Methodist then forced three turnovers in a 13-0 run that gave it a 24-17 lead.
BCC responded by outscoring the Pioneers 13-1 in taking a 30-25 lead. Theus and Andrew Jackson each hit 3-pointers in the run.
Spartanburg Methodist hit two 3-pointers in the final 4:05 in taking a 39-35 lead at halftime.
BCC’s next home game is 3 p.m. Saturday against USC-Salkehatchie. The last scheduled home game before BCC hosts the conference tournament is 4 p.m. Sunday against Aiken Technical College.
Scoring for BCC: Mi’kyel Nero 4, Chris Hovermale 3, Isaac Nixon 9, Lamonte Theus 19, Andrew Jackson 9, Jeremy Basnight 15, Brian Davis 1, Justin Blackwell 6, Jamar Taylor 9.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.