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A Tale of Two Halves
Barons write own version of classic story in overtime win
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CENTRAL, S.C. – It was truly the best and worst of times last Saturday afternoon. The main characters, though, were not from France and England, but from Mount Vernon, Ga.
Faced with what seemed to be an insurmountable 23 point halftime deficit – and shooting only 30 percent as a team – the Brewton-Parker College men’s basketball team (4-11, 1-4 SSAC) scored on their opening possession of the second half and never looked back, defeating the Southern Wesleyan Warriors, 73-70 in overtime.
“It was a totally different game in the second half,” said head coach Steve Barker. “We came out and jumped on them really quick. It was amazing to watch.”
The Warriors out shot the Barons 48 to 30 percent in the first half only to see BPC turn things around in the second half by out shooting Southern Wesleyan 51 to 27 percent. The Barons were led by senior guard Warren Beaulah (28 points), while sophomore guard Tony Deberry and junior post player George Fudge each had 13 points in the win. Sophomore post player Larry Patrick had a team high 10 rebounds for the game.
Barker knows how huge this win is for his team and credits his players for not giving up.
“It has always been said that if you want to be successful in our conference (SSAC), you’ve got to win on the road. And in order to do that, you’ve got to play really well. Picking up our first conference win on the road before the Christmas break is huge and I am proud of these guys for hanging in there.”
The Barons will return to action after the Christmas break, participating in the Webber International Classic in Babson Park, Fla. BPC will face Indiana Wesleyan University Dec. 29 and Webber International Dec. 30. The next home game will be Jan. 6 against Southern Polytechnic State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.