PHCC men can’t knock off No. 2 Louisburg

January 22, 2015

By CHRIS PRIDE – Bulletin Sports Writer

There were several moments in Wednesday’s NJCAA Region X men’s basketball game between Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Louisburg where the Patriots were sensing the upset.

The No. 2 ranked Hurricanes in Division III had other ideas late in the second half.Louisburg pushed a four-point lead with 1:43 left in the second half to an eventual 79-68 win at Stone Hall. The Hurricanes used a key momentum swing with their defense, free throws and clutch shooting.“We understood that tempo was going to be a big part in getting a victory,” Louisburg coach Mark Vanderslice said. “I thought they owned the tempo for the first 15 minutes of the game. The halftime score was not as conducive to our type of style of play.“I wanted to make sure we picked up our aggressiveness and get to the ball because you can’t get out and run if you don’t get stops or rebounds,” he added.Turnovers plagued the Patriots (9-5, 6-2 Region X) all game. They had 18 in the first half and finished with 30 for the game. Despite the first-half miscues on the offensive end, PHCC still managed a to hold a 25-18 lead with 4:42 left in the half. Louisburg (18-1, 9-1) then started getting points off of turnovers and started to dictate the tempo of the game more. That led to a 32-29 halftime lead for the visitors.“I always count turnovers as one point. So you take all those turnovers in the first half and it’s like points we gave away,” PHCC coach Kenny Wade said.It was mental mistakes down the stretch, Wade said, that ultimately led to the Patriots’ second straight loss in the conference after starting 6-0.What also hurt the Patriots was a lack of patience on the offensive end. Too many times in critical moments of the second half, they would either rush a shot of commit a quick turnover. The loss of offensive possessions eventually took its toll at the end.“We have to continually work on executing our offense. We hurry and get too anxious and we can’t do that.”Martinsville High School graduate Paris Jamison was a spark off the PHCC bench with 22 points, 18 of them in coming in the second half. Jamison helped make it a 53-50 game with under eight minutes left in regulation, and then helped cut into a nine-point deficit and eventually make it a 63-59 game before Louisburg closed strong.“What I liked was that we didn’t give up and kept fighting. That’s something we can build off of,” Wade said.The Hurricanes parlayed a pair of technical free throws with a pair of buckets and the lead quickly was pushed back to nine.“Our defense dictates our offense,” Vanderslice said. “Our defense is something we hold our hat on and if we don’t play well on defense we know it will be a long night for us.”Louisburg had a strong showing from its bench which scored 44 points. TJ Wilson led the way with 26 points to lead all scorers.PHCC returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Wake Tech.

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