SVCC earns two wins

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) men’s basketball team captured a pair of wins over the weekend after topping Swish City Prep 86-79 at home on Sunday afternoon.

The win, coupled with a 108-104 victory over visiting Mt. Zion Academy on Saturday, was the team’s fifth in the last six games.

The Panthers fell behind early to Swish City but rebounded behind a trey from freshman guard Nelson Dews and a 3-point play from freshman forward J.C. Stewart to take a 16-7 lead at the 12-minute, 20-second mark of the first half.

A bucket by Stewart and two free throws from sophomore guard Anthony Harris gave SVCC a 25-15 lead a little under two minutes later.

Swish City closed the half on an 18-8 run to knot the score at 33 at the halftime break.

Harris buried a trey to open the second half scoring, and SVCC opened up a 46-39 lead on back-to-back buckets by freshman forward Chris Jackson and freshman forward Kirvell Alexander.

Alexander hit a 3-pointer at the 4:02 mark for a 74-67 lead.

Swish City closed the deficit to a single point, but Harris’ trey at the 1:55 mark made for a 79-75 lead, and the Panthers held on for the victory.

Harris led SVCC with 23 points and three steals while Stewart scored 20 points and added 15 rebounds, six steals and five assists.

Alexander scored 15 points and added eight rebounds. Jackson also finished in double figures with 11 points and seven rebounds.

On Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C., the Panthers fell behind early against Mt. Zion Academy but came back and claimed the lead before the visitors went on an 18-10 run to end the half, giving them a 54-49 lead.

In the second half, SVCC opened up a 10-point lead, and Mt. Zion fought back and cut the advantage to two points, but three straight buckets by Alexander extended the lead to 103-95 and the Panthers held on for the win.

Stewart led SVCC with 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Alexander totaled 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals while Jackson scored 12 points and added 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Joseph Daniel finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Panthers visit the College of Southern Maryland on Saturday at 11 a.m.