Pirates overcome Fighting Scots, lose to Saluqis

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Lindsey Chavers

Published: January 8, 2006

PJC hosted the Collegiate Sports Travel Shoot Out on Dec. 29-30 where the men’s basketball team faced off against McHenry County College and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

On Dec. 29, the Pirates played the MCC Fighting Scots.  PJC defeated McHenry in a close and well-fought game, 93-89.  They were aided by Vernon Carr’s 28 points and 6 assists, with Sasha Parghalava adding another 26 points.

“I thought we played well the first game,” said Head Coach Paul Swanson, “but we have not played well on the second day.”

In the second game, PJC was matched up against Southwest Tennessee, who are ranked 19th in the nation in polls set up by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

The Saluqis’s jumped to an early lead, but it was not long until the Pirates caught up early in the first half.  Even though they managed to tie the score four times, PJC never managed to gain the lead and fell behind quickly in the second half, ending the game 89-71.

“[STCC] was a very athletic, pressing team,” said Swanson.  “We could have beat them if we would have played our style, but we got caught up playing their style.  Once we did that, then we didn’t play well.”

Against STCC, PJC’s Durrell Baker and Carr both lead the scoring with 13 points each.  Brad Skipper helped with 4 steals and one 3-point shot.

Carr was also named to the all tournament team.