Elder paces Patriot men past Tidewater

November 25, 2013

Before the Patrick Henry Community College men’s basketball game Sunday against Tidewater Community College, head coach Kenny Wade said that turnovers were a big factor his team’s 4-2 record this season.

Although the Patriots were not in the room when Wade discussed his team’s early season deficiency, they played like they heard him as they defeated the Storm 82-72 at Stone Hall.bruce

“The turnovers are killing us. I’m happy that we limited our turnovers tonight,” Wade said. “We only had nine in the game and did a lot better today in that aspect of the game. But we have to continue that.”

The game started with Daquan Kermin scoring four of the Patriots’ first six points, but from that point on the real story for PHCC was Bruce Elder Jr. The 6-foot-5 forward from Danville scored a team-high 28 points, and dominated the paint in scoring 14 first-half points, largely on offensive rebounds and laypus in the paint. The Patriots also forced the Storm into five turnovers that led to easy buckets in transition. They also limited their own turnovers offensively in the first half, committing just three.

“If Bruce can realize that the paint is his bread and butter, instead of playing on the perimeter, then he’s going to be ok,” Wade said.

However, the half wasn’t all a breeze for the Patriots as they had to work for almost everything they got in the first half. The Storm kept the defensive pressure up despite giving up 45 points in the opening 40 minutes. Tidewater did its best to keep the deficit contained as Bryan Williams scored ten points in the half. Jacarey Smith and Daruis Montgomery also chipped in combining for nine points, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots led 45-27 at the break.

Coach Wade said he was proud of his team for building the lead with its defense and transition offense.

The Patriots maintained their lead in the second half as the Storm never got closer than seven. Elder scored 14 more points in the second half. Kermin also added 19 points to help boast the scoring.

While the Storm never seriously threatened in the second half, Wade was still upset that their guard Jacarey Smith went off in the final 20 minutes by scoring 21 points. He did it largely on drives to the paint which resulted in layups. Wade wanted to see his team take more pride in its man-to-man defense.

“We gave Smith too much,” Wade said after the game. “At some point guys have to take pride in their defense, and not get beat like that off the dribble. To me it’s like a slap in the face. If you can’t stop people off the dribble then you have no place playing college basketball and that’s a simple fact. We have to stop people off the dribble and our help defense has to rotate over.”

The Patriots improved to 5-2 with the win, and will take the rest of the month off before playing the Averett JV team at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Wade hopes to see his team play a complete game start to finish.

“We have to learn how to close out and we can’t panic in pressure situations,” Wade said. “They had two guys who kept them in the game, I’d much rather have an entire team score on us that let one or two guys kept them in the game and one of them beating us.”

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