Men’s basketball 5-0 in Region X play

December 21, 2014

By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Writer

Martinsville High School graduate Paris Jamison says he relishes each minute he steps on the court as a member of the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team.

His contribution in the second half Saturday against Region X foe Bryant & Stratton was a perfect example.Jamison scored all 13 of his points in the second half, helping lead the Patriots to a big 77-64 win over the Bobcats, who entered the game as the 14th ranked team in the NJCAA Division II. PHCC head coach Kenny Wade said it was an important win for his team, which will head into the winter break at 8-3 and a perfect 5-0 in the conference.The MHS grad said everything started with his defense.“My focus is on defense. Coach always tells me at practice to focus on my defense and the offense will come,” Jamison said. “Every time I step foot on the court I play my hardest and focus on defense.”Jamison subbed in for key post player Jashad Jamison with 17:23 left in the second half after the Patriots’ leading scorer picked up his fourth foul. PHCC opened the second half on a 13-3 with Paris Jamison’s first bucket of the game capping the spurt. The Patriots forced six turnovers in the first five minutes which helped open a two-point lead at halftime.Jamison then added three more buckets and a foul shot over the next five minutes, helping keep the lead in double figures.“Those were valuable minutes,” Wade said. “Paris is coming along each and every day a little bit more. Once he fully gets adjusted to the college game, the sky’s the limit for him. He has unlimited potential.”The unselfish nature of the PHCC offense, along with 12 second-half takeaways led to 47 second-half points. The Patriots had nine assists on 15 field goals in the second half and shot 59 percent, finishing at 52 percent shooting for the game.Wade said it was one of the best halves his team has played all season.“We shared the basketball and played good defense,” Wade said. “We started getting a little bit of movement with our offense which is something we’ve been stressing more and more. But everything starts around our defense.”PHCC had a total of 18 assists in the game as eight different Patriots had at least one.Defensively, the Patriots didn’t make things easy for the Bobcats. Bryant & Stratton shot just 36 percent for the game and were a paltry 2-of-18 from 3-point range. Besides holding the lead for most of the first half, it only pulled back inside 10 points once after going down by 12 on Jamison’s bucket.“I wanted to keep (Bryant & Stratton) off balance. I didn’t want them to get in a rhythm or let them make any big runs on us,” Wade said.There were five ties and eight lead changes in the opening half. The largest lead was seven held by the Bobcats after their leading scorer, Zach Johnson, hit one of the two 3-pointers for the visitors, making it 22-15. Johnson finished with a game-high 17 points.Five PHCC scorers finished in double figures, including Jamison. Jashad Jamison still managed 10 points and six rebounds in limited playing time. Josh Beck matched Paris Jamison’s 13 to lead the team.The Patriots have off until Jan. 11, when they return to action against Lenoir Community College at Stone Hall.

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