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The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team split two games over the weekend. Here are summaries of the two games.
WAKE TECH 77
The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team came into Saturday’s game looking for another win on the young season, but Wake Technical Community College had other plans.
Wake Tech began the game with a 19-6 run, but a huge block from Steve Johnson at the 12-minute mark in the first half sparked a comeback, led by two layups each from Alan-Michael Thompson and Chris Smith. BCC trailed 39-31 at the half.
In the second half, the Dolphins dropped back into a 3-2 zone defense, which allowed them to get out into the open court. A bucket by Chris Smith tied the game with 5:45 left. BCC trailed by one point with 45 seconds left after a steal from Devon Atkinson. Wake Tech regained possession but was unable to inbound the ball. Atkinson got another steal and had one last heave from half court, but the shot fell short as Wake Tech held on for a 77-76 win.
Karl Agenor scored 21 points to lead Wake Tech and Josh Nesbit chipped in 20 points.
For BCC, Smith scored 24 points, Allen Hauser 16, Terneil Rhodes 12 and Steve Johnson 10.
Other BCC scorers: Devon Atkinson, 4; Alan-Michael Thompson, 8; Jordan Harmon, 2.
—Lamar T. Stephens
After losing a heartbreaker Saturday to Wake Tech by one point, the Dolphins were determined not to lose their concentration Sunday afternoon against Pitt Community College.
One player who made sure of that was Lattrell Royster, a 6-foot-1 guard from Hillside High School in Durham. He led all scorers with 26 points as BCC (4-4) beat Pitt 108-87.
The teams played evenly for the first few minutes, both giving away easy layups as Pitt took a 9-8 lead. This was Pitt’s last lead, as Devon Atkinson fed Terneil Rhodes with a crisp pass between two defenders and was fouled. Rhodes made the free throw and BCC was up 11-9. The Dolphins never looked back, although it was not as easy as the score indicates.
Rhodes then grabbed a rebound at the other end when Pitt missed a shot and threw the full court to Chris Smith, who was fouled in the act of shooting. Smith converted both foul shots and Brunswick was up 13-9. Smith scored three more points and Jordan Harmon two in the next two minutes, and the Dolphins made it look as if they would cruise to victory with a 18-9 lead. Harmon finished with 13 points.
Pitt cut the lead to four and then Royster entered the game.
“Coach told me it was my time before the game and to do something tonight,” he said. “I had to come and perform. We played a deny defense, where we put a lot of pressure on the ball, something I’m good at and work to get better and better. I did a lot of running around to try and get open tonight, and it worked.”
Royster took a long pass from Devon Atkinson and scored down low. He also was fouled and converted. He followed that with a layup, was fouled and converted.
Five minutes later, Royster ran the length of the court and again was fouled on the layup.
Continuing the run, Chris Smith rebounded, passed to Royster who passed to Alan Thompson for a 3-foot jumper. Thompson finished 17 points. Royster scored again on a fast break, showing coach Walter Shaw and his teammates it was indeed his time.
Harmon skied for one rebound and was throwing the ball before he landed to Devon Atkinson. He passed to Thompson for the unchallenged layup. Brunswick led 51-34.
Ty Jackson led Pitt back, as it outscored the Dolphins 11-8 as the half ended.
Dominique Holloway, who finished with 12 points for Pitt, helped Pitt streak back to a six-point deficit. But Royster soon was at it again, hitting a short jumper. He then came up with a steal and scored as BCC increased the lead to 11 with 10 left.
Thompson skied for a blocked shot and the ball went from Smith to Harmon for two points. Royster made another layup and converted the foul shot. Harmon grabbed a missed shot by Pitt and threw the ball to Aron Smith-Taylor. He passed to Smith, who passed to Thompson for a basket and a 96-77 lead with 2:08 remaining.
The teams traded fouls the last two minutes.
BCC’s next game Nov. 29, when they play an away game against the Methodist University junior varsity.
VOLUNTEERS KEEPING SCORE
Keeping track of the scorebooks is Bob and Pam Quinn, who have been volunteering at this for two years. Both of their children were in competitive traveling basketball teams, having played the Canadian circuit in Ontario and Quebec and also the northern New York circuit. Now that the children are off on their own, the Quinns realized they missed being around basketball. They spoke to Walter Shaw about volunteering to be scorekeepers. This facility had just opened and he wanted people with experience who could volunteer at all of the home games. They have been doing it ever since.
Jack Floyd runs the shot clock. He has been volunteering for two years. A friend of his, Bill Davis, was asked by the coaching staff to help with the scoreboard. Davis needed help with the shot clock, so he asked Floyd for his help. He, too, works all of the home games for the Dolphins.