Published: December 7, 2005
The PJC Pirates took a big blow from Faulkner State in Bay Minette, Ala. Nov. 30 with a final score of 91-79. Pirates’ men’s Head Coach Paul Swanson said the players were only down one point at halftime, but that in the last half they didn’t execute their offense and couldn’t block out the opponent’s defense which allowed for the team to have second shots.
“Faulkner State was really hyped up,” Swanson said. “This was a good experience for our guys to see how the campus supported their team there with a huge crowd, special effects, and a band.”
Swanson reported one player on the Faulkner State team had a double-double stat of 37 points and 17 rebounds. PJC’s leading scorer in this game was 6-foot-2 guard Tyrone Evans with 29 points.
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PJC matched up against Columbia State in men’s basketball on Thanksgiving Day, losing 84-68. Yarrish Hammons led the Pirates in scoring with 20 points. Durrell Baker also chipped in with 14 points, but it was not enough to get past Columbia State.
“We played solid early but their zone defense at the end of the first half hurt us offensively,” Coach Paul Swanson said after the game. “In the second half, their transition and penetration to the basket hurt us and we didn’t make our free throws.”
The team rebounded from that loss, defeating an undermanned Shorter College team 91-53 Saturday Nov. 26.
Four players scored in double figures and all 10 dressed players scored at least 2 points. PJC’s scoring leader was Tyrone Evans with 16. Yarrish Hammons and Julian Allen had 14 points and Phil Wallace pulled down 12 rebounds.
“They were undermanned so we wanted to put pressure on them early to take them out of the game,” Coach Paul Swanson said. “If you let a team like that hang around they can become dangerous.”