SVCC Set To Defend National Title

The Southside Virginia Community College mens’ basketball team topped visiting Germanna CC 75-69 on Sunday afternoon in a Virginia Community College System contest to earn a season sweep of the Grizzlies in its regular season finale.

The win improved SVCC to 13-8 on the campaign.

Jackson Cox looks for an outlet pass in action from SVCC’s 75-69 win over Germanna CC on Sunday afternoon. Cox scored six points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory. (SVCC photo)The Panthers will travel to Myrtle Beach, SC to begin defense of its USA National Postgrad title beginning on Thursday afternoon when they meet Combine Academy at 1:40 p.m. in a first round contest.

SVCC is the three-time defending champions having captured national Postgrad titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“We have been very fortunate the past few years to have some extremely talented teams,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “We have a young team this season but they have been fighting all year and I expect nothing less from them this week. All season, it has been the “next player up philosophy” due to injuries. We will need to play extremely well and catch a few breaks to have a chance.”

Against Germanna on Sunday, SVCC got out to a slow start but took a 20-18 lead on a bucket by Isaac Edwards at the 6:22 mark of the first half.

Germanna went on a 12-3 run but Justin Williams hit a bucket with under 20 seconds to cut the deficit to 30-25 at the halftime break.

SVCC trailed by as many as eight points early in the second half but came back after Germanna ran into foul trouble and took a 60-59 lead on Williams’ 3-point play at the 5:53 mark.

A trey by KJ Reagans and a turn-around jumper by Jackson Cox extended the lead to 67-60 at the 4:07 mark on the way to the victory.

Williams scored 23 points and added six rebounds to lead SVCC while Reagans scored 10 points and added three steals.

Lamar Edozle led Germanna with 25 points.