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The BCC men’s basketball team opened its season with two victories over the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School, the Dolphins routed the Mount Olive College junior varsity team 116-88. On Saturday afternoon, the Dolphins beat Mount Zion Academy Prep 89-84.
“I’m proud of them,” coach Walter Shaw said. “The goal was to be 2-0 at this point, and we’re 2-0.”
Of course, Shaw saw some things the team needs to improve.
“We played as expected,” he said. “Freshmen will play like freshmen and sophomores who don’t have experience are going to play like sophomores who don’t have any experience. We have to cover some things. We still have to work on our rebounding, not turn the ball over as much. When we do that, I think we’ll be pretty good.”
Despite the big lead against the Mount Olive JV, Shaw wanted his team to keep its intensity for the whole game.
“We have to learn to play a full 40-minute basketball game, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of who we play. We have to make sure we play hard for 40 minutes.”
All 15 BCC players got a chance to play, and the team shot well no matter who was on the court.
“We’re trying to work on getting good shots, making good shots,” Shaw said. “Even when we shoot the 3-pointer, we want to be able to shoot them off drives where guys can get open.
“Against this team, we had a height advantage and we wanted to go inside. We realized we could do that. We were going to see where it would take us.”
The strategy took BCC to a big lead in the first half.
The lead was 10-7 when BCC began to take control. Jamar Taylor hit a jumper, Terneil Rhodes scored and Raheem Lofton scored, giving BCC a 16-7 lead with 14:32 left in the half.
The lead went to 20-9 with 12:54 left on a basket by Rhodes and a pull-up jumper by Taylor.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Rhodes and Cornell Holmes extended the lead to 27-11.
A dunk by Holmes, a turnaround jumper by Alfred Frayer and a 3-pointer by Holmes made the score 31-13 with 9:39 left.
A basket by Brian Davis put BCC ahead 42-22. After a score by Mount Olive, BCC scored 12 straight points—three of those baskets by Davis—in taking a 54-24 lead. The lead at halftime was 64-32. A 3-pointer by Andrew Jackson gave BCC a 100-66 lead with 6:12 left.
BCC scoring: Mi’kyel Nero 9, Chris Hovermale 5, Isaac Nixon 5, Terniel Rhodes 9, Raheem Lofton 13, Lamonte Theus 5, Andrew Jackson 7, Cornell Holmes 11, Jeremy Basnight 9, Brian Davis 13, Justin Blackwell 9, Jeffery Monk 5, Jamar Taylor 12, Alfred Frayer 4.
BCC opened its season by beating Mount Zion Academy Prep 89-84. BCC scoring:
Mi’kyel Nero 9, Chris Hovermale 5, Isaac Nixon 2, Terniel Rhodes 3, Raheem Lofton 1, Lamonte Theus 8, Cornell Holmes 21, Jeremy Basnight 19, Brian Davis 4, Jamar Taylor 9, Alfred Frayer 8.
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The BCC Lady Dolphins avenged a season-opening to Caldwell Community College with a 66-58 victory Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.
The Dolphins trailed 48-47 and were without injured leading scorer Jessica Moyer when they went on a scoring to run to take the lead for good.
A basket by Lesley Morse put BCC ahead 49-48. Chana Bates then hit three straight baskets—one of them a reverse layup—to give the Dolphins a 55-48 lead.
After a score by Caldwell, Kiana Galloway hit a 3-pointer, putting BCC ahead 58-48.
Caldwell cut the lead to six points, but a rebound by Morse and a tumbling score by Bates gave BCC a 62-52 lead with about 40 seconds left. BCC then hit free throws to clinch the victory.
Scoring for BCC: Lesley Morse 20, Chrissy Campbell 10, Wendy Claridy 1, Brandy Roach 4, Kiana Galloway 6, Chana Bates 9, Jessica Moyer 14, Brittany Poole 2.
BCC opened its season Saturday and lost 70-60 to Caldwell Community College.
BCC scoring: Lesley Morse 9, Chrissy Campbell 19, Robin Smith 4, Kiana Galloway 10, Chana Bates 4, Jessica Moyers 11, Brittany Poole 3.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.