The Southside Virginia Community College men's basketball team got the New Year off to a good start with a 104-95 win over Washington Academy at home on Saturday afternoon.
The win was the team’s third straight and improved the three-time defending USA National Post-Grad champions to 6-4 on the season.
After falling behind early, SVCC took its first lead of the day when KJ Reagans hit a trey for a 35-32 lead at the 7:17 mark of the first half.
Four straight points from Michael Jackson and another bucket by Reagans gave SVCC a 46-39 lead and the local team took a 48-41 lead to the halftime break.
A tip-in by Josh McClure and a bucket by Kamron Hughes gave SVCC a 59-56 lead at the 15:37 mark of the second half.
Seven straight points by Justin Williams including a trey at the 10:37 mark extended the local team’s lead to 81-72.
SVCC kept the pedal to the metal as a trey by Reagans at the 2:45 mark gave the Panthers a 96-88 lead and the local team hit 3 of 4 from the line over the final minute to seal the victory.
Jackson led SVCC with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Stith added 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Williams finished with 19 points and three steals while Hughes tallied nine points and eight rebounds and McClure added eight points and 17 rebounds for SVCC.
Bradley Belt, who has committed to the University of Wyoming, paced Washington Academy with 20 points.
The Panthers will hit the road for a return engagement with Washington Academy in Greenville, NC next Sunday at 2 p.m.
SVCC…………..48 56 – 104
WA……………..41 54 – 95
SVCC – Hughes 9, Jackson 28, McClure 8, Williams 19, Stith 24, Reagans 16.
GOOD DAY – KJ Reagans came off the bench to score 16 points in SVCC’s 104-95 win over Washington Academy on Saturday afternoon. (SVCC photo)