The Southside Virginia Community College men’s basketball team appears to be peaking at just the right time after topping Unique Academy 117-72 in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon in Lawrenceville. The win was the sixth straight for SVCC and improved the Panthers to 13-7 on the season. The local team will open play in the USA National Post-Grad Championships in N. Myrtle Beach, SC on Thursday when they face New York International at 5:45.
SVCC won the national championship in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but were beaten in the quarterfinals last year. “Hopefully we are peaking at just the right time,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “Our offense has been solid all season but I thought the guys really got after it on the defensive end on Saturday. This team has really come a long way this season. We will go and play hard in the national tourney and see what we can do against a talented field.”
SVCC got off to a good start against Unique as back to back buckets by Kamron Hughes gave the Panthers a 12-8 lead at the 16:32 mark of the first half. Buckets by Michael Jackson and Isaac Edwards increased the lead to 19-8 at the 13:13 mark. A 3-point play by Hughes and a trey by Ricardo Sullivan gave SVCC a 45-24 lead at the 3:56 mark.
SVCC took a 54-33 lead to the halftime break.
A runner by KJ Reagans and a trey by Sullivan extended the lead to 71-45 at the 14:47 mark of the second half and the local team cruised down the stretch. Hughes led SVCC with 22 points, 17 rebounds and five steals while Jackson scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Harris scored 15 points and grabbed six boards for the Panthers while Sullivan scored 12 points and dished out nine assists. Kendall Edwards finished in double figures with 12 points and 12 rebounds for SVCC while Isaac Edwards added 10 points. Elliam led Unique with 22 points while Thiam added 19.
SVCC……54 63 – 117
UA…….....33 39 – 72
SVCC – Jackson 18, Sullivan 12, Reagans 2, Logan 8, K. Edwards 12, Harris 15, Brandon 1, Jordan 4, Hawkins 8, Bailey 5, I. Edwards 10, Hughes 22.
A BIG GAME – SVCC wing Kamron Hughes scored 22 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the local team’s 117-72 win over Unique Academy on Saturday afternoon. The victory improved SVCC to 13-7 on the season. (SVCC photo)