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Patriots outpace Lenoir 96-88

January 16, 2016

By: CHRIS PRIDE

KINSTON, N.C. — The NJCAA, Division II, No. 13 Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team welcomed a familiar face back to the court Saturday.

Henry Butler made his first appearance of the season for the Patriots and scored 11 points, helping them defeat Lenoir Community College 96-88 in a Region X game in KInston, N.C. Butler played in 22 games last season and reached double figures in scoring eight times, finishing with a 7.2 points per game average.

Both teams lit up the scoreboard as PHCC (12-2, 5-1) hit 50 points for the first half, despite a slow start over the first five minutes. Patriots coach Kenny Wade said he switched up his lineup to four guards after a timeout with his team down eight, which resulted in a game-changing run that put PHCC ahead the rest of the game.

Butler was one of three players that reached double figures in scoring for the Patriots. Sophomore guard Shawn Duhon led the team with 14 points and was one of three with at least eight points in the second half. Desmond Brogsdale had 10 points while three others added nine. A total of 13 players players scored, but the team struggled at the line, going just 27-for-50.

“We can’t continue to have slow starts,” said Wade. “I am proud of our fight considering not having a great day at the free-throw line.”

PHCC has now won three straight games, and will finsh up a two-day road trip to North Carolina on Sunday when it faces Pitt Community College in Winterville, N.C. PCC defeated Guilford Tech 99-61 on Saturday and beat the Patriots all three times last season, including in the Region X tournament.

“We have to be ready for Pitt,” added Wade. “They have a lot of returners and play good together.”

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