Men’s basketball defeats Wake Tech 89-78

December 7, 2015

By MATTHEW SCHWARTZ Bulletin Sports Writer

The Patrick Henry Community College men’s basketball team continues their hot start to the season, improving to 8-1 after defeating Wake Tech 89-78 Saturday afternoon at Stone Hall.

The Patriots got off to a hot start in the first half putting up 50 points and taking a comfortable 18 point lead into halftime.

Coach Kenny Wade said that despite lighting up the scoreboard all afternoon and taking home the win, there are still some things his team needs to work on.

“It was still a sloppy game. We got some stuff we’ve got to work on, especially closing out and finishing the game, but we did put up some pretty good points,” Wade said.

Offensively the team showed a lot more patience, despite nearly missing the century mark, something Wade said he was happy with.

“We were a little bit more patient today. We’ve still got to keep stressing to execute offensively and play defense hard. Hard defense for 40 minutes and I think this team is going to pretty good.” Wade said.

The Patriots start two traditional bigs in their starting five, freshman Henri Ventoniemi who hails from Finland and stands at 6’9’’ tall and sophomore Jacob Traore who comes from France.

Traore was aggressive on both sides of the floor in the victory, finishing up with 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Ventoniemi had a solid showing as well, posting 14 points, four rebounds, and shooting six of eight from the field.

Wade was impressed with the effort from his big men.

“They played really well. Jacob played good in spurts. We’ve got to get him to be more consistent and the biggest thing with Jacob is I told him to quit dancing in the post. Get it and you make your move. Be decisive, make the moves, because you already know where the guy is playing you, but that’s one of things we’ve got to work on with him and I think we’ll get that problem solved,” he said.

Sophomore guard Jerel Jennings was another key piece for the Patriots. Jennings scored a team high 21 points, adding along six assists, four rebounds. He was perfect from behind the three point line, making all four of his attempts.

“He’s been kind of consistent for us. Knocking down that outside shot, that was pretty good for us too,” Wade said of Jennings’ play Saturday.

With the victory, the Patriots have now won seven in a row and Wade said this is just the start of what could be a great run for his team.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I think we’re just playing in spurts. When we really, really put it together and we get consistent and put it together that’s when you’re really going to see some really good basketball. But right now I still don’t think that we’re winning them and it’s teaching us how to win close games but we’ve still got to put together a 40-minute game and once you start to see that then you’re really going to see some exciting basketball,” Wade said.

The Patriots (8-1) will travel to GTCC for their next game on Wednesday.


Patrick Henry CC 89,

Wake Tech CC 78


WTCC          32  46 – 78

PHCC           50  39 – 89



WTCC(78)- Derondell Jenkins 13; Lemont Martin- White 11; Elijah Hooks 8; Wesley Age 8; Joshua Siler 12; Chase Johnston 7; Zay Best 6; Kenneth Collins 9; Nelson Wobo 2


PHCC (89)- Jerel Jennings 21; Jacob Traore 17; Desmond Brogsdale 7; Ta’vion Petty 4; Henri Ventoniemi 14; Paris Jamison 5; Keyshawn Johnson 13; Ethan Adams 8

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