The Southside Virginia Community College men’s basketball team has found much success in the USA National Postgrad Championships over the past few years, winning national titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017, but the local team ran into some extremely tough competition last week dropping three games including a 68-66 loss against Bryant & Stratton MIT in a consolation final on Saturday in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
“Our young men battled hard against some great competition but we just never completely found our rhythm at the nationals,” said SVCC Coach Dennis Smith. “I am proud of our young men though and the improvement they showed throughout the season.”
SVCC finished the campaign with a 13-10 record.
The local team got off to a quick start against Bryant & Stratton on Saturday jumping out to a 4-0 lead on a steal and dunk by Kamron Hughes at the 14:14 mark of the first half. The local team quickly fell into a big hole however before Kendall Edwards hit a layup to cut the deficit to 34-21 at the 4:07 mark of the first half. KJ Reagans hit a jumper and Michael Jackson added a floater late in the first half as SVCC cut the Bearcats’ lead to 35-29 at the halftime break.
SVCC had to play catch up in the second half and that is what they did as two treys by Amp Harris and a 3-point play by Jackson knotted the score at 66 with 56 seconds to play. The local team got a rebound with 38 seconds left but turned the ball over and Bryant & Stratton hit two free-throws with 22 seconds left to take a 2-point lead. SVCC had the ball and got a shot in the final 5 seconds but it did not fall. Harris led SVCC with 24 points in the game while Jackson scored 20.
SVCC……..31 35 – 66
BS…………35 33 – 68
SVCC – Reagans 5, Jackson 20, Hughes 6, Harris 24, Jordan 5, Edwards 6.
SVCC ran into one of the top postgrad programs in the Northeast on Friday and fell 92-60 to Scotland, PA. The local team got off to a good start as Aaron Logan scored the first four points as a bucket by Jackson gave SVCC an 8-4 lead at the 13:46 mark. Another bucket by Jackson at the 6:21 mark cut the Scotland lead to 15-14 but the Pennsylvania program pulled away for a 49-29 lead at the halftime break. SVCC made a run early in the second half as buckets by Reagans and Logan cut the lead to 59-46 at the 11:36 mark. That was as close as SVCC would get however as Scotland pulled away over the last six minutes. Reagans led SVCC with 16 points while Jackson and Logan added 14 apiece.
SC……..49 41 – 92
SVCC….29 31 – 60
SVCC – Reagans 16, Jackson 14, Sullivan 5, Logan 14, Edwards 1, Brandon 1, Hughes 3, Carden 3, Harris 2.
SVCC fell behind early in the opener against New York International and never recovered in a 75-52 loss. NYI went on to win the national postgrad title with a 62-33 win over DME Sports Academy on Saturday afternoon. The local team scored off of the opening tip but fell behind early as NYI spurted out to a 9-4 lead. SVCC cut the NYI lead to 9-7 on three free-throws by Reagans at the 12:15 mark but NYI responded with a 15-4 run to open up a big lead. Ricardo Sullivan hit a trey to cut the NYI Lead to 31-16 at the 2:33 mark but NYI closed the half on a 9-2 run to take a 40-18 lead. SVCC tried to get back in the game in the second half and cut the lead to 45-32 on a bucket by Hughes at the 12:00 mark. That was as close as SVCC would get however as NYI pulled away down the stretch. Reagans led SVCC with 16 points while Sullivan finished with 10 points. Taylor led NYI with 20 points while Cobb scored 16 and Kelso added 15.
SVCC…….18 34 – 52
NYI……….40 35 – 75
SVCC – Reagans 16, Jackson 6, Sullivan 10, Logan 4, Hughes 8, Harris 8.
ON THE DRIVE – SVCC’s Michael Jackson drives past a Bryant & Stratton defender in action from the Bobcats’ 68-66 win in action at the USA National Postgrad Championships on Saturday in N. Myrtle Beach, SC. (SVCC photo)