The Southside Virginia Community College men’s basketball team topped Stillwater Christian Prep 95-76 on Saturday for their first win of the season.
The victory improved SVCC to 1-2 after the team dropped a pair of games in the Coca-Cola Classic at Louisburg College to open the season.
SVCC returns five players from last year’s team that won the USA National Prep Championship in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Despite losing its top two scorers and a total of four starters from last year, the local team showed promise in a preseason showcase tournament by topping defending NJCAA national champion Richard Bland College.
In the Coca-Cola Classic at Louisburg College, SVCC trailed 50-46 at halftime against the host team before foul trouble caught up with them in the second half of a 112-81 loss.
SVCC jumped out to a 30-point lead in the first half in their second contest of the tourney against Sandhills CC and took a commanding 59-34 lead to the halftime break.
SVCC began to run out of gas early in the second half and the Flyers stormed back to force overtime and pull out a 115-109 victory.
SVCC sophomore guard Reggie Dennis, a standout from Highland-Springs HS, scored 38 points against Louisburg and added 26 in the contest against Sandhills.
“We are undersized this season but have a number of athletes,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith, who is in his 13th season. “I think once we get into basketball shape, we could be a handful in the second half of the season.”
SVCC guard Kaimonne Douglas, a transfer from North Carolina Wesleyan, had a big game against Stillwater, scoring 26 points in the victory. Douglas also scored 26 in the loss to Sandhills.
Tevin Holloway, a guard who shot the ball well from long distance last year for SVCC, added 20 points in the victory on Saturday.
SVCC jumped out to a 12-4 lead against Stillwater on a trey by Holloway at the 16:36 mark of the first half and opened up a 32-23 lead on a trey by Anthony Harris at the 6:32.
Stillwater closed the first half on a 10-4 run over the last three minutes to take a 47-46 lead to the halftime break.
SVCC got six straight points from Williams to open up a 61-50 lead at the 15:23 mark of the second half and increased the lead to 74-53 lead at the 11:01 mark on a bucket by Douglas.
SVCC will return home on Saturday for a 4 p.m. date against Mt. Zion Academy.