Men’s basketball team overcomes EOCC

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Lindsey Chavers

Published: November 8, 2006

Keeping with the current trend of success, the PJC men’s basketball team (4-0) defeated Enterprise Ozark Community College Monday night, 81-68.

The EOCC Weevils took an early lead, but the Pirates quickly caught up.  Both teams exhibited very aggressive defenses.  But PJC pushed through and took the lead, 8-7, with 9 minutes left in the half.

The Pirates headed into the second half 9 points ahead, 34-27.  Close game-calling from referees resulted in 52 fouls for the teams, including three technical fouls. PJC’s Brad Skipper fouled out with just over a minute left in the game.

Enterprise Ozark only threatened once in the second half, narrowing the Pirates’ lead to 54-52.

“We need to be more consistent and not let people back in the game,” said Head Coach Paul Swanson about the comeback the Weevils had during the second half.  “They still need to learn how to use time and score like we want.”

With some successful steals and two slam dunks by Luis Buther one of which landed him a technical foul, PJC was able to hang on and take the win.

Lasha Parghalava was the lead scorer with 18 points.  Veron Carr scored 11 points, which included one 3-point shot.

“I thought we had bright spots,” Swanson said.  “They’re a young team; this is a young season.”