Patriots clipped in Region X semis 76-72

March 5, 2016

PINEHURST, N.C. — A tremendous 2015-16 season came to an end Friday (Mar. 4) for the Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team.

The Patriots lost 76-72 in the Region X/District VI semifinals to rival Catawba Valley Community College. The Red Hawks won the rubber game of the season after the teams split their two regular season games, each winning at home. PHCC’s 73-70 win Feb. 24 capped the regular season with four straight wins and earned it the No. 2 seed in the tournament, edging CVCC on tiebreaker.

The Patriots fell behind in the first half and weren’t able to make the necessary plays late to pull out the victory as they did in several games during the season.

“It was a tough loss but on the bright side we had a good season,” Patriots head coach Kenny Wade said. “It was tough on the sophomores but they will grow from it and bounce back and are going to do great things at some other schools.”

Sophomore Jerel Jennings (Richard, Va.) backed his 24-point effort in the quarterfinals vs. Richard Bland with another 24-point game in the semis, once again hitting 6-of-9 3-point attempts. The guard added four steals, three rebounds and a block.

Sophomore Shawn Duhon (Fenton, La.) had a strong final showing in a Patriots uniform, scoring 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He also had six rebounds and two steals. Freshman point guard Keyshawn Johnson (South Boston, Va.) was the only other PHCC scorer in double figures with 13 points.

The Patriots shot 48 percent from the floor and had 12 assists on 23 made field goals while nine different players scored. However, they were matched in every statistical category and the 13 turnovers proved too costly in the end.

Jacob Traore (Poitiers, France) led the team with 10 rebounds, coming up three points shy of a double-double in his final game for PHCC. The team finished with 30 rebounds, 10 on the offensive end.

The loss ended the Patriots season with a 22-6 record. Wade said while it was tough to see his sophomore class end their stints at PHCC like they did, he noted that the freshman gained valuable experience to make it one step further next season.

“Now, it will be up to the freshman to continue what we accomplished this season,” Wade added.

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