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PHCC coasts to Region X victory

December 13, 2013

Patrick Henry Community College men’s basketball coach Kenny Wade knows it’s all about the little things in order for his team to be successful.1456635_679432818755007_1234277187_n

Good scoring balance also helps.

PHCC had five players score in double figures in Wednesday night’s 98-75 win over Guilford Technical Community College at Stone Hall in Martinsville. But, it was the little things that kept the Patriots (7-2) from breaking the century mark on the scoreboard.

As Patriots’ head coach Kenny Wade put it, they are just “not there yet.”

“A win is a win, I’m happy to get this win — a conference win at that,” Wade said. “We just have to continue to build upon what we did tonight.”

PHCC’s tight on-ball defense on the Titans (8-6) wrecked havoc from the start of the game. It also set a physical tone.

Guilford C.C. scored the game’s first basket, but from there the Patriots never trailed. They broke the game open with a 13-2 run, and led by their biggest margin of the first half — 21 points — at halftime.

The Patriots’ Josh Beck scored all 14 of his points in the first half, including both of the Patriots’ 3-pointers and a number of contested layups. Most of PHCC’s points came in transition because of its ability to force turnovers. Guilford C.C. committed 12 turnovers against the Patriots’ defensive pressure in the first half and finished the game with 18.

The Titans did a much better job in the second half protecting the ball, only turning it over six times. But, Wade credited that to his team not being as active defensively like it was in the first half.

“The defense played really well that first half,” Wade said. “Second half, we were just a little bit more passive instead of aggressive defensively, and it showed and it let them stick around. I wanted us to continue to build upon what we did at halftime and we came out (in the second half) and we didn’t. We stayed stagnant and in the same place after halftime.”

The Titan’s ability to hold onto the ball well, and run their offense, allowed them to creep back into the game. They cut the halftime deficit to as few as 12 points in the second half — aided by getting in the bonus at the 11:51 mark.

Guilford Tech had no fouls on its end defensively just past the eight minute mark. Frustrated, Wade jawed back-and-forth with the officials which led to a technical foul.

“I thought we went to the hole hard a few times and we didn’t get the calls and that’s what really made me mad and upset,” Wade said. “I teach my guys to go to the hole hard … When you don’t get the calls, it’s going to make you upset.

The technical foul at the time hurt the Patriots, but in the long run it helped, as Wade got his point his across.

PHCC shot its first foul shots of the half a minute later. Dequan Kerman  — who finished with 10 points — knocked down the pair to put the Patriots up 14.

Jashad Jamison added 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Ali Mustafa also had 10 points in the second half and finished with 12 for the game. He also made good decisions with the ball in his hands in the final minutes of the game.

Whether it was the 59 percent shooting from the foul line (13-of-22) or the 20 turnovers (11 in the second half), Wade said his team still hasn’t figured out to go from a good team to a great team.

“I don’t expect us to until after the break,” Wade said of when he feels his team will turn the corner. “I want us to be playing our best basketball at the end of the year. Not right now.”

The Titans were led by Mark Chinn’s 25 points, Aubrey Daniel who added 17, and Keith Jackson who finished with 15.

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