The Southside Virginia Community College men’s basketball team withstood a late charge from Washington Academy to hang on for a 103-99 victory on Sunday afternoon. The win improved SVCC to 11-7 on the season. “It was a big win for us against a good Washington Academy team,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith.
SVCC came out on fire to start the game jumping out to a 16-3 lead at the 16:06 mark behind nine early points from Aaron Logan. Back to back treys by Michael Jackson and KJ Reagans gave SVCC a 33-18 lead at the 9:28 mark. A bucket by Jackson and another by Michael Jones gave SVCC a 48-40 lead at the halftime break. SVCC got a big dunk from Kamron Hughes and a trey from Ricardo Sullivan for a 62-46 lead at the 16:58 mark of the second half. Two free-throws by Sullivan and a bucket by Amp Harris gave SVCC a 76-59 lead at the 9:45 mark.
A dunk by Harris gave SVCC a 98-90 lead with a minute to go but Washington Academy forced two turnovers and hit a trey and a short jumper to cut the deficit to three. Logan scored with 40 seconds left and Reagans hit one of two from the charity stripe with 27 seconds left to help seal the win. Logan led SVCC with 20 points and 19 rebounds in the game while Jackson scored 19 points and added eight rebounds and Reagans totaled 19 points. Sullivan added 16 points and eight assists for SVCC while Harris finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Hughes scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Panthers in the victory while Jones finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Former Park View HS standout Michael Cunningham led Washington Academy with 25 points. SVCC will return home on Saturday to play Unique Academy at 2 p.m.
SVCC…………48 55 – 103
WA……………40 59 – 99
SVCC – Reagans 19, Jackson 19, Sullivan 16, Logan 20, Hughes 8, Jones 8, Harris 11, Edwards 2.
ON THE GO – SVCC guard Ricardo Sullivan drives to the bucket in action from the local team’s 103-99 win over Washington Academy on Sunday afternoon. (SVCC photo)