Patriots soar to 7-1 with 72-70 win

December 3, 2015

By MATTHEW SCHWARTZ Bulletin Sports Writer

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s basketball team continued their strong start to the season with a 72-70 win at home Wednesday night at Stone Hall against Caldwell Tech to improve to 7-1 overall.

Defensively, both teams ran a 2-3 zone for a majority of the night, something that Patrick Henry head coach Kenny Wade said his team did a good job of breaking as well as holding their own.

“We always emphasize attacking the gaps. We held the ball a little bit longer than I like to hold it, but we’re always looking for that guy flashing high, and I think once we get the guy flashing high, we can get into the high post, and anytime you can get the ball into the middle of a zone it’s broke,” Wade said.

The game featured a difference of styles, with the Cobras of Caldwell running a fast-paced attack up and down the floor, while the Patriots showcased a slower, half-court pace of play.

“That was the whole game plan, we didn’t want to get into a running game, up and down…We wanted to slow it down a little bit, be more discipline on offense, and that’s what we did,” Wade said. “When we had it we would push it, but if we didn’t have it, we tried to be smart and run our offense and execute in our half-court sets.”

The one piece of success Caldwell Tech was able to have throughout the entirety of the game was knocking down the three-point shot, hitting seven shots from beyond the arc, something Wade was content with giving up.

“They like to shoot the three-ball and that was in our scouting report. But, I didn’t want to get beat with someone constantly driving to the middle and beating us in the middle, because your percentages out there hitting that three ball, you aren’t going to hit that thing all night. You aren’t going to be 100% from that three point line, so I’ll take my chances with that,” Wade said.

During the middle point of the second half, the Patriots reached a double digit lead, then the Cobras went on a 12-4 run to make it a two-point game with under a minute to play, but a late turnover by Caldwell, along with a loud crowd in the stands, helped close the win for Patrick Henry.

Wade said he was impressed with the crowd the entire game.

“They definitely pushed us forward, it always helps when you got somebody else behind us, giving us a little bit of energy, and we know they’re behind us and pushing us through. The crowd is always good, we always like to see plenty of people in the stands packed out, because we’re going to give them an exciting brand of basketball,” Wade added.

Wade also complimented the play of freshman guard Keyshawn Johnson and Martinsville High School product Paris Jamison, who Wade said played well in spots, despite being a little under the weather.

Johnson led all Patriots in scoring with 21 points, 14 of those coming in the second half. Sophomore guard Jerel Jennings chipped in 13 points and four assists and sophomore forward Shaun Duhon added 12 points and five rebounds. Caldwell Tech’s Jalin Alexander led all scorers with 34 points.

The Patriots will take on Wake Tech Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m at Stone Hall.


Caldwell Tech 34 36 – 70

PHCC 41 31 – 72

CT (70)- Trey Gary 4; Jalin Alexander 34; Bennett Wilson 2; Junior Bowen 5; Srdjan Ivic 4; Qunicy Williams 6; Rodderic Ross 6; Jonathan Curtis 2; Uter Moukimou 7

PHCC (72)- Shawn Duhon 12; Adem Osmanovic 4; Desmond Brogsdale 8; Henri Ventoniemi 3; Paris Jamsion 5; Keyshawn Johnson 21; Ethan Adams 6; Jerel Jennings 13.

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