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The Clarion \ December 11,2019
trumps Berea for
By Joseph Marvin
Assistant Sports Information Director
The Brevard College’s men’s basketball
team (1-5,1-0 USAS) burst onto the scene fast
in Saturday afternoon’s conference-opening
contest against the Berea College Mountaineers
(4-3, 0-1 USAS), outscoring the visitors 27-4
in the game’s first eight minutes to propel the
Tornados to their first victory of the season,
76-68 at the Boshamer Gymnasium.
Brevard started out hot and withstood a
fierce Berea rally, as the Mountaineers battled
back from a deficit as much as 24 points and
eventually tied the contest with 6;32 left in
the second half. Brevard’s resilience paid
off, however, as the Tornados outscored the
Mountaineers 20-12 down the stretch with big
shots and defensive stops to claim the victory.
Saturday’s win marks the first victory
in a conference-opener for Brevard men’s
basketball since the 2010-11 season, when
the then-NCAA DII Tornados dropped the
Anderson University Trojans, 85-84, on
December 4, 2010.
“We’ve been close a lot this year, so I am
happy for our guys,” said Head Coach Lee
Burgess following his team’s first victory of
the season. “They’ve stuck with it—the start to
the season wasn’t what we were envisioning,
and that can take its toll on you—^but our guys
stuck with it and I am proud of them.”
Brevard’s offensive surge was charged by
junior forward Cannon Lamb, who set a new
career-high with 21 points to lead all scorers
in Saturday’s win. The Marion, North Carolina
native shot 9-of-14 from the field and grabbed a
team-best seven boards alongside three assists.
Senior forward Levi Lamb added 17 points on
7-of-12 shooting while contributing two steals
to Brevard’s defensive efforts. Fellow senior
forward Demari Hopper joined Cannon Lamb
and Levi Lamb in double-digit scoring, totaling
13 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting while
swiping two steals and swatting two blocks.
Making their first starts respectively as
Brevard College student-athletes. Freshman
Ja’Michael Boone and sophomore Mike
Williams each helped spark BC’s offense.
Boone scored points via three 3-pointers, while
Williams added seven points - including four
free throws made - five rebounds, and four
Berea was paced by double-digit scoring
outputs from Torrell Carter (19 points) and Isaac
Caudill (12 points). Carter recorded a double
double of 19 points and 11 boards.
The Tornados shot their highest percentage
from the field to-date in the 2019-20 season
(51.8%) in Saturday’s victory. Brevard hit nine
3-pointers while dishing out 17 assists.
Cannon Lamb got Brevard’s scoring started
with a layup 15 seconds into action that he
quickly followed up by a 3-point jump shot to
give the Tornados an early 5-0 lead within the
game’s first minute. Following a Berea bucket,
Brevard’s Hopper got involved in the scoring
outburst with a layup. Boone hit a long-range
shot to extend Brevard’s advantage to 10-2 and
keep the Tornados a perfect 4-of-4 shooting
from the field.
After the Mountaineers scored on their next
possession, bringing the score to 10-4 in favor
of the Tornados, Brevard strung together a
staggering 17-0 scoring run that rocked the
Boshamer Gymnasium. Over the game’s first
eight minutes of action, the Tornados were
shooting 12-of-14 (86%) from the field en
route to their impressive, game-high 24-point
Berea was able to halt Brevard’s massive
run, cutting into the deficit in-between media
timeouts with an 8-0 scoring stretch of its own
to bring the score 27-12 with 7:45 left in the
By the under-four media timeout, the
Mountaineers drew to within 11 points, 31-20,
with 3:21 left until intermission. A pair of Carter
free throws cut Brevard’s lead to single-digits at
31 -22, but the Tornados stretched their lead back
to a double-digit cushion, 39-27, at halftime.
The Mountaineers were able to come out of
the locker rooms clicking, as the visitors cut
Brevard’s advantage to single digits before the
under-16 timeout. After Levi Lamb extended
the Tornado lead back to nine points at 45-36
after a jump shot, the Mountaineers answered
back with a game-long 8-0 scoring run that had
Berea knocking right on the door. Brevard called
a timeout with 13:42 remaining and a slim one-
point cushion, 45-44.
Out of the timeout, Cannon Lamb pushes
Brevard’s lead back up with a quick layup
before the visitors answered right back with a
two-point field goal of their own. Senior guard
Qadhafi Turner and freshman guard Messiag
Pankey came into the contest and hit a pair
of key 3-pointer that helped Brevard keep its
slim lead, but a quick 6-1 scoring run from the
Mountaineers tied the contest for the first time
at 56 points apiece with 6:32 left in regulation.
However, the Tornados would not be denied.
Boone stopped Berea’s rally with a 3-pointer
from the Fort Deposit, Alabama native to give
the Tornados the lead back, 59-56.
The Mountaineers kept the game tight,
trimming Brevard’s lead to just one point on two
separate occasions before a Hopper 3-point jump
shot with 1:44 left kickstarted Brevard’s closing
stretch that saw the Tornados pull away from
Berea. A pair of Carter free throws cut the host’s
lead to two points with 1:33 left, but perfect
free throw shooting down the stretch sealed
Brevard’s first victory of2019-20. The Tornados
went 8-of-8 at the charity stripe over the game’s
final minute to pull away with the win.
The game marked the last home game for
Brevard men’s basketball in the 2019 calendar
year. The Tornados return to game action in 10
days with a pair of USA South road matchups as
Brevard travels to Danville, Virginia to take on
Averett University (5-2,1-0 USAS) on Tuesday,
December 17 at 7:30 p.m. before heading to
Greensboro, North Carolina for a Wednesday,
December 18 bout against Greensboro College
(6-2), which is also a 7:30 tip-off.
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