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BPC Men Drop Three Games

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The Brewton-Parker College men's basketball team hosted Toccoa Falls (Ga) on Tuesday, traveled to Alabama to face Webber International (Fla) on Thursday, and wrapped up the week with Florida Memorial (Fla) on Friday. vs. Toccoa Falls

Brewton-Parker Men’s Basketball hosted Toccoa Falls (Ga.) on Tuesday night for a challenge in Gillis Gymnasium. The Barons (1-1) slipped away to the Screaming Eagles (2-0) in a close battle that ended in a 110-102 loss at home.

Toccoa Falls came out with a swift 11-2 run in the first minute and a half of action with Lance Smith and Grant Sanders helping pull the deficit down to four points with 15:57 on the clock.

The Screaming Eagles put the Barons on the ropes early with another convincing run, outscoring BPC 15-1 over the next three minutes to hold a 26-8 advantage. An “and-one” trip to the basket for Sanders sparked a 14-3 run from Brewton-Parker that was led by six points from Jordan Johnson which cut the deficit down to seven points with less than eight minutes to play.

Brewton-Parker fought hard with back-forth-play to cut the deficit under double figures several times in the final moments. However, Toccoa Falls surged late with 10 points in the last 90 seconds to close out the half with a 55-37 lead.

Toccoa Falls held onto a double-digit lead for most of the second half and even managed to extend out to a 20-plus point advantage three minutes into the second period.

Brewton-Parker battled and fought its way back into the game late, surging into an 8-2 run capped by an “and-one” from Smith with three minutes to play.

Dre Burroughs began producing some clutch points for BPC, netting seven points in the final three minutes to aid in pulling the Barons within a two-score contest. Unfortunately, that was not enough as several late turnovers and missed offensive opportunities doomed BPC in the eight-point loss.

Toccoa Falls’ longrange threat was a thorn in Brewton-Parker’s side as the visitors converted 17of-37 attempts from beyond the arc for 45.9%. BPC finished the night shooting for 46.1% (35-of-76) from the floor, 31.8% (7-of-22) from three, and 61% (25-of-41) from the charity stripe. Johnson and Burroughs led the charge in scoring as Johnson bagged 24 points followed by Burroughs with 22 points as well as a team-leading three steals. Smith recorded 17 points and seven assists while Zailan Blue scored 10 points. Sanders nearly notched a double-double with nine points and 13 boards. vs. Webber International

Brewton-Parker Men’s Basketball traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the SSAC/SUN Crossover Challenge last week at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex for two non-conference matchups, beginning with a challenge versus Webber International (Fla.) on Thursday. The Barons (12) dropped the matchup against the Warriors (2-0) in a 72-66 defeat on neutral territory.

Brewton-Parker swiftly moved to a 6-0 lead early as Chris Spenkuch netted the first score of the game followed by a steal which led to a fastbreak score from Lance Smith. Dre Burroughs notched a jumper at the 18:03 mark for the sixpoint advantage.

Webber International responded with a 9-2 run, scoring from beyond the arc on three separate trips down the floor to secure their first lead of the game. Burroughs put the Barons back up with a trey of his own with 13:15 on the clock and later followed with a score from the charity stripe at the 11:39 mark for a 12-9 BPC advantage.

The Barons eventually moved to a 24-19 lead with scores from Spenkuch and Grant Sanders, leaving just above five minutes to play in the first half. The Warriors reclaimed control of the scoreline with a 12-3 run to lead 31-27 with 1:48 remaining.

Burroughs closed out with another trey seconds later to make his first-half tally 13 points, but Webber International was able to seal the first 20 minutes with a 33-31 lead.

The Warriors moved to a 42-35 lead after the break, scoring three buckets from long-range distance. However, Burroughs sparked an eight-point surge for the Barons with another three-pointer to cut the deficit to one with 13:35 left.

Despite pulling down the deficit to just a onepoint game numerous times in the half, Brewton-Parker struggled to stop the Warriors enough to gain enough momentum to shift the score in their favor. BPC’s closest opportunity to shift the tide came with a small six-point, 90-second run from the Barons.

Four points from Jordan Johnson and a pair of free throws from Burroughs gave Brewton-Parker the best chance yet the Warriors did a great job in response. Webber International narrowly outscored the Barons 39-35 in the second half with Burroughs leading the charge yet again with 12 points while shooting 4-of-8 from the field.

BPC finished shooting for 40.4% (23-of-57) from the field, 23.5% (4-of-17) from three, and 61.5% (16of-26) from the foul line. Burroughs and Spenkuch led the way with doubledigit scoring as Burroughs led with 25 followed by Spenkuch with 12. The Barons dominated the glass with a 48-28 rebounding margin led by Sanders with eight boards and followed by Spenkuch with seven. Johnson led BPC with five assists followed by Smith with four. Webber International was the benefactor of 16 turnovers from the Barons, producing six steals for the afternoon. vs. Florida Memorial

SSAC/SUN Challenge Crossover action continued for Brewton-Parker Men’s Basketball as they took on Florida Memorial on Friday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala. The Barons (1-3) fell just shy of the Lions (3-0) in a close battle on Friday afternoon, landing short in a 77-72 loss at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.

Florida Memorial began the contest with an “and-one” play followed by a basket from beyond the arc to jump to a 6-0 lead within the first two minutes of action. Lance Smith laid one up for the Barons’ first score which was followed by a successful trip to the charity stripe from Chris Spenkuch, cutting BPC’s deficit down to two points.

Brewton-Parker managed to level the score at 11-11 with 15:10 on the clock, outscoring FMU 7-5 within two and a half minutes with Spenkuch leading the way with four points while Grant Sanders scored three. During that run, BPC was 2-of-3 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line.

Following a trey from the Lions, Sanders sparked a 6-0 run for the Barons with four points of his own to give BPC a 17-14 lead with 12:01 remaining on the scoreboard. After some back-and-forth action, FMU eventually reclaimed the lead from Brewton-Parker and ran away on an 18-2 run in nearly six minutes of play to lead 34-21 with 5:42 remaining.

The Barons were able to finally respond with a score at the 3:07 mark with Smith going 1-of-2 from the foul line. Both teams closed out the final minutes with six points each to close out the first half with a 4028 lead in favor of Florida Memorial.

The Lions came out of the break hot, scoring on three unanswered trips down the floor to move to a 46-28 lead in the opening minute of play. Brewton-Parker slowly began battling back into the game as a jumper from Dre Burroughs at the 18:24 mark opened the scoring for BPC.

FMU managed to build up to a 20-point advantage with a trey at the 13:07 mark, responding to every successful scoring trip the Barons could piece together. A three-pointer from Burroughs with 12:45 remaining sparked a sevenminute, 22-8 run from BPC which managed to cut the deficit down to just six points with nearly six minutes to play.

Over that six minutes and 49 seconds, BPC shot 7-of-12 from the field, 4-of-5 from three, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to pull the game back to two scores. Burroughs led the run with 11 points followed by Zailan Blue’s seven.

Despite scoring 13 points in the final five minutes, Brewton-Parker was not able to stop Florida Memorial down the stretch, giving away 12 points. The Lions were able to hold off the late surge from the Barons, holding onto a 77-72 score for the win.

BPC finished shooting for 40.7% (24-of-59) from the field, 26.3% (5-of-19) from three, and 65.5% (19of-29) from the foul line. FMU led the first half with a 40-28 edge while BPC won the second half 44-37. Five Barons scored in double figures with Smith leading with a game-high 16 points and five assists. Burroughs scored 15 points followed by Spenkuch and Blue with 12 apiece as well as Sanders with 11. BPC was outmatched off the glass 50-30 with Spenkuch leading the Barons with eight rebounds. Defensively, both sides notched nine steals each.

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