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Patriots get back on track with 79-77 win over SVU

December 17, 2015

By MATTHEW SCHWARTZ Bulletin Sports Writer

After trailing for a majority of the game and being down double digits at halftime, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) found a way to steal a win away from Southern Virginia University 79-77 on Wednesday night at Stone Hall.

The Patriots found themselves down 45-35 at halftime after a first half where the defense allowed over half a dozen three-pointers. But, the Patriots came out in the second half and limited the Knights, an NCAA Division III school, in the second half with a full-court press.

Patriots head coach Kenny Wade said there was no real adjustment his team made at halftime; it was just a matter of execution.

“It was just pick up the effort level, the energy level and that’s what they did,” Wade said. “We were just flat that first half, there were no x’s and o’s adjustment that we needed to make, it was just they (needed to) come out and play with some effort.”

The Patriots were able to overcome the deficit and tie the game with 8:46 left in the second half and then after a small run by the Knights, were able to tie the game again at 75 with 1:51 left to play.

With just a minute to play, guard Tavion Petty knocked down a corner three to give the Patriots their first lead 78-77 and a late free throw sealed the win.

Wade said team unity brought the team together to get the ‘W’.

“They fought through at the end and they came together at the end of the game and they worked together at the end of the game to close it out and that’s what we’ve got to do. But, hopefully down the road we won’t be in situations like this,” he said.

Wade also decided to play his whole active roster in order to give some players who ordinarily do not see much playing time a chance to showcase their skills before the break.

Freshman guards Thomas East and Sam Lewis both saw plenty of action in the backcourt. East had four points, two steals, a rebound and an assist. Lewis had six points, four steals, two blocks and two assists for the Patriots.

Wade said the pair was able to give him good minutes.

“They gave us good minutes and that’s what we were looking for,” Wade said. “Sam came in and did a real good job for us, that’s what I’ve been looking for out of him and hopefully we can carry this over into 2016.”

The game marked an end to the first half of the Patriots season, as the team will be off for a couple weeks until they resume practice on Jan. 4. Wade said the break will give his team and his coaching staff a chance to rest and re-energize for the second half run.

“It’s going to be good for them and us, there will be a little bit of rust, but when we come back, we’re coming back a whole week or so before we play again,” Wade said. “We’ll be able to get back to where we need to be.”

The Patriots are now 10-2 and 3-1 in Region X. They will not play again until January 13, when they host Vance Granville.

 

PHCC 35 42-79

 

SVU   45 34-77

 

PHCC- Adem Osmanovic 2pts; Ethan Adams 5pts, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Jacob Traore 16pts, 7 rebounds, 1 block; Jerel Jennings 9pts 5 assists, 2 rebounds; Keyshawn Johnson 14pts, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 rebound; Sam Lewis 6pts, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 1 rebound; Shawn Duhon 12pts, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Ta’vion Petty 11pts, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Thomas East 4pts, 2 steals, 1 assist

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