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BPC Takes On Augusta

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Brewton-Parker Men’s Basketball competed in exhibition action on Thursday with an early 11 a.m. ET contest at NCAA Division II opponent Augusta (Ga.). While the Barons (4-9) were playing with the exhi- bition tag, the Jaguars (5-2) played the game as a countable contest, defeating BPC, 86-73.

After early back-andforth action, the Jaguars moved to an 18-6 lead in the first four minutes of action and led by double figures for the remainder of the first half. Grant Sanders led the half with 13 points while going 3-for-7 from the floor and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Sanders also snagged a game-leading seven boards to help give the Barons a 2314 advantage off the glass in the first 20 minutes of play. Lance Smith produced eight points with a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line, dishing three assists out as well.

Augusta closed out the first half with a 48-31 lead, shooting for 47.4% (18-of- 38) from the floor, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 100% (2-of-2) from the foul line. Brewton-Parker finished the first installment of play by shoot- ing for 29.2% (7-of-24) from the field, 16.7% (1-of- 6) from three, and 80% (16of-20) from the charity stripe. Sanders opened the second half with an “andone” play for the Barons nearly two minutes into action. Augusta held onto a substantial double-digit lead for most of the second half until a mid-half surge from the Barons knocked down the lead.

A trey from Dre Bur- roughs at the 11:29 mark sparked a 10-4 run from BPC. Burroughs capped the run off with a three-pointer at the 8:50 mark to cut the deficit down to nine points, putting the Barons behind 62-53.

The Jaguars responded with six unanswered points in two minutes to shift back into a 15-point edge, but Burroughs’ hot hand continued to produce for the Barons, scoring two more threes in response.

After falling to a 79-63 deficit with 2:30 on the clock, Brewton-Parker responded with seven points led by Burroughs and Sanders, moving back within a nine-point game with 90 seconds to play. The Jaguars were able to finish 7-3 down the stretch to seal the victory over the Barons.

Brewton-Parker outscored Augusta 42-38 in the second half with Burroughs leading the charge with 18 total points followed by Sanders with 11.

BPC finished the game shooting for 35% (21-of- 60) from the floor, 33.3% (6-of-18) from three, and 80.6% (25-of-31) from the foul line. Sanders led the Barons with a double-double performance, scoring 24 points and gathering 10 boards. Burroughs scored 18 points and picked up seven rebounds while Smith scored 17 and finished with three assists as well as five rebounds. Augusta took advantage of BPC’s 21 turnovers, gathering 12 steals and scoring 28 points off turnovers.

The Barons will take two weeks off before taking on NCAA Division I opponent South Carolina State for another exhibition matchup on Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. ET in Orangeburg, S.C.

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