Men’s hoops continues homestand vs. Bryant & Stratton

February 19, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The last time the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team faced Bryant & Stratton, the Patriots had their nine-game win streak snapped in Virginia Beach.

The Bobcats won 71-53 Dec. 12 as it remains the largest margin of defeat for the PHCC men this season. The Patriots were held to 24 points in the first half and were unable to dent their 16-point, halftime deficit. A total of 22 turnovers and 29 percent shooting aided to the Patriots’ troubles on that Saturday afternoon in December. Shawn Duhon (Fenton, La.) led PHCC with 16 points in the loss.

A win would push the Patriots (18-5, 11-4 Region X) a half game ahead of Bryant & Stratton for third place in the region standings as teams fight for one of the coveted top two seeds in the tournament in two weeks.

“I look for the game to be very entertaining. We owe them because they got us at their place,” PHCC coach Kenny Wade said.

PHCC is coming off a 68-64 win over Richard Bland College on Feb. 17. The Patriots erased a nine-point halftime deficit in the win, and played one of their best second halves of the season, keeping the Statesmen under 30 points. Wade said he expects that same type of defensive intensity to carry over to the weekend.

Rebounding is the main concern for PHCC as it was out-worked on the glass, getting doubled up in the first meeting at 44-22. The Bobcats had 22 of those rebounds on the offensive side and limiting second-chance opportunities is something Wade wants to see more of.

“We have to keep them off the offensive glass,” Wade said. “We also need to contain them in transition.”

Transition baskets off turnovers helped the Bobcats (18-9, 12-4) take a big first-half lead in the home meeting earlier this season. They are averaging 10 steals per game and look to generate offense off of defense, said Wade.

Freshman Greg Heckstall and Romello Anderson are the lone Bryant & Stratton scorers averaging in double figures. The Bobcats feature good balance like the Patriots as seven players are averaging better than six points. PHCC also has seven scoring at an average of six points or better.

PHCC freshman Keyshawn Johnson (South Boston, Va.) has started to look comfortable at the point guard position as he’s average better than 12 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds per game over his last five.

“I want our team to progress into playing a full 40-minute game,” said Wade of what he wants to see from his team in the game.

Tip off Saturday (Feb. 20) is scheduled for 3 p.m. The game also features PHCC Appreciation Day with free admission granted to PHCC students, faculty, staff and their families with valid PHCC IDs. The Patriots conclude their four-game homestand to cap the regular season with games against Pitt Community College on Feb. 21 and Catawba Valley on Feb. 24.


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