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BPC Men’s Basketball Loses Two Games

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The Breton-Parker College Barons men's basketball team dropped two games last week. v.s William Carey

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r Men’s Basketball hosted William Carey (Miss.) on Thursday night for a Southern States Athletic Conference matchup in Gillis Gymnasium. The Barons (8-16, 4-12 SSAC) battled hard with the Crusaders (15-7, 10-5 SSAC) as the guests extended the game into overtime. WCU managed to slip away in an 86-80 contest to take down BPC in Mount Vernon, Ga.

The first four shots of the game all came from beyond the arc as William Carey opened with a 9-3 run in the 90 seconds of the game with Dre Burroughs finding one for Brewton-Parker at the 18:53 mark. A lay from Lance Smith and another trey from Burroughs pulled BPC within one with 16:52 on the clock.

William Carey followed up with a 12-4 run over the next few minutes, capping the stretch with back-to-back threepointers to lead 21-12 with 13:40 remaining in the half. Brewton-Parker pieced together a small 6-1 run to cut the deficit down to four with less than 12 minutes to play.

After five points from WCU, Domanic Betancourt led with the first two points of a 13-0 run from the Barons which claimed a 30-27 lead over the visitors with 7:19 remaining. Burroughs capped the run with a four-point play, scoring from the charity stripe after draining a shot from deep.

A three-pointer from Jordan Johnson and a dunk from Damarcus Johnson Jr. gave the Barons a 38-34 lead with 1:50 to play, but the Crusaders were able to close with a 7-2 run. William Carey and Brewton-Parker battled through some back-and-forth play for the last handful of minutes with WCU besting BPC with a 1410 margin for a 41-40 lead at the break.

Brewton-Parker took a one-point lead twice within the first three minutes with an opening jumper from Betancourt and a layup from Smith at the 17:21 mark. However, William Carey landed a big momentumshifting blow over the next 2:28, shifting the score in their favor with an 11-0 run for a 54-44 lead with 14:30 to play.

The Barons responded well with a solid run of their own, outscoring the Crusaders 9-2 over the next two minutes and 44 seconds, led by three points from Zailan Blue and two points from three others. With less than 12 minutes to play, both teams went blow for blow over the next 3:35 with BPC edging out an 8-7 stretch of scoring with Smith scoring all eight for BPC, pulling within two points.

Smith and Burroughs continued to be the main offensive producers for the Barons down the stretch as Brewton-Parker held a narrow 11-8 edge over the following six and half minutes to create a 72-71 advantage. Smith netted seven and Burroughs notched four while WCU managed to take care of a free throw with 25 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime at 72-72.

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r opened the first two minutes of overtime with a solid showing of an 8-3 run with treys from Smith and Burroughs leading the way. After dropping to an 80-75 deficit, William Carey finished the period with an 11-0 run to seal the game shut. The Crusaders forced the Barons to finish 0-4 in the final two and a half minutes to secure am 86-80 victory.

Brewton-Parker shot for 47.6% (30-of-63) from the field, 34.6% (9of-26) from three, and 68.6% (11-of-16) from the foul line. Smith led the scoring efforts with a game-leading 22 points and six assists while being followed by Burroughs with 19 points. William Carey’s bench proved to be a deciding factor, scoring 53 points while Brewton-Parker’s bench produced just 21 points. The Crusaders led 35-24 off the glass and had three players with five or more rebounds. Brewton-Parker split the regular season series with William Carey. Head Coach Leonard Epps holds a 3-1 record against the Crusaders. vs. Mobile

Bre w t o n – Pa r k e r Men’s Basketball played host to No. 20-ranked Mobile (Ala.) on Saturday afternoon in Mount Vernon, Ga. The Barons (8-17, 4-13 SSAC) struggled against the Rams (20-5, 13-4 SSAC) in a Southern States Athletic Conference matchup in Gillis Gymnasium.

Neither team managed to score for the opening couple of minutes until the 18:25 mark as Mobile produced a free throw. Domanic Betancourt led the scoring for the Barons, scoring all five points in the first seven minutes of play as the Rams began with an 11-5 run.

Lance Smith pulled Brewton-Parker within two with a pair of scores, as there were less than 12 minutes to play in the half. Mobile put together a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to pull away to a 23-11 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.

Both teams battled back and forth in the final six and a half minutes as the Rams held a narrow 15-14 edge over the Barons in scoring. Jordan Johnson led the Barons’ stretch with five points while four others scored two points each to close the half with a 38-25 deficit.

Mobile opened with two buckets for a 42-25 advantage within the first three minutes of the second half. The Barons pulled the deficit down to 10 three times within two minutes but were not able to keep the Rams away from reaching the bottom of the basket. Brewton-Parker struggled to keep up with the visitors as they were held to a doubledigit deficit for the remainder of the game.

The Rams outscored Brewton-Parker 36-29 in the second half and shot for nearly 47% from the field while the Barons were struggling to shoot for 32.4%. Zailan Blue led the half with eight points and was followed by six points from Betancourt.

Brewton-Parker shot for 29.4% (20-of-68) from the floor, 20% (4of-20) from three, and 66.7% (10-15) from the foul line. Betancourt led the scoring for BPC with a season-high 13 points and was followed by 12 from Blue. Mobile dominated the glass 50-32 in rebounds. The BPC defense secured nine steals with Smith snagging four off of the 18 turnovers from the Rams.

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