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Panthers top Germanna, 92-74

The Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) men’s basketball team ended the regular season in style with a 92-74 win over Germanna Community College Saturday afternoon, Feb. 29.

SVCC will open national tournament play Thursday afternoon, March 5, with a 3:40 p.m. contest against DME Sports Academy, of Florida, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The Panthers got off to a slow start Saturday against the Grizzlies but opened up an 11-7 lead at the 13:30 mark of the first half on a 3-pointer by Rick Sullivan.

Buckets by T.J. House and Tyandre Harris gave SVCC a 15-9 lead a little more than a minute later.

A 3-point play by DeAndre Miles at the 6:07 mark gave Southside a 28-21 lead.

The Grizzlies made a run late in the first half, but Tae Holmes hit a bucket in the final seconds to tie the game at 38 at the halftime break.

The Panthers got going early in the second half as Miles and Holmes scored on consecutive trips down court to open up a 47-42 lead with 16:10 remaining.

Three straight 3-pointers by Sullivan, House and Harris gave SVCC a 56-50 lead at the 13:11 mark.

Two straight buckets by Marquise Petty handed the Panthers a 75-67 advantage with 5:18 to go, and a big dunk by Miles sealed the victory with two minutes left.

Miles led SVCC with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Sullivan scored 18 points, and House added 12. Petty finished with 12 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the victory.

Mason Murray led Germanna with 45 points.