No. 7 men’s hoops fall short 66-64 at Catawba Valley

February 10, 2016

HICKORY, N.C. — A valiant comeback effort by the No. 7 NJCAA, Division II Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team fell short Wednesday at Catawba Valley Community College.

The Patriots (17-4, 10-3) nearly erased a 20-point first-half deficit, eventually falling 66-64 to the Red Hawks in Hickory, N.C. It was the second loss for PHCC in its last three games and fell into fourth place in the Region X, Division II standings with the loss.

Freshman and Halifax County High School product Keyshawn Johnson scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He also finished with six steals and three assists. Fellow freshman Thomas East was the only other Patriots scorer in double figures with all 10 of his points coming in a 44-point second half.

A slow start got the better of the Patriots as they managed to pull to within 13 at halftime but their 20 points were the fewest in a half this season. A gutsy performance in the second half saw PHCC have a chance to win the game with a 3-pointer but the shot missed. A 2-3 zone and full-court pressure helped turn the tide, said PHCC coach Kenny Wade.

“We let (CVCC) jump out early and we had to dig ourselves out of a hole,” Wade said. “We had a chance to win the game at the end and went for the win. We had a good look and it didn’t fall but we have to stop starting games slow.”

PHCC was held under its rebounding average of 33 per game, finishing with 29 and was held under 10 offensive boards for the first time in its last five games with a total of nine.

The Patriots play their final road game of the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday when they play No. 9 Louisburg College. They’ll conclude the season with four straight home games beginning Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. against Richard Bland College.

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