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Barons win five of last six heading into SSAC Tournament
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
FRANKLIN SPRINGS – Going into the final regular season game at Emmanuel College, head coach Steve Barker was worried about his players losing the intensity that helped them win four of their last five games.
Barker should have employed the “Hakuna Matata,” or “no worries” philosophy from The Lion King. The Barons (12-18, 8-10 SSAC) edged Emmanuel, 70-69, on George Fudge’s defensive steal with less than 10 seconds to go in the game. The win closes out a season where the Barons won five of their last six regular season games.
“We jumped out to a quick lead, forcing them to call a time out fairly early,” said Barker. “At that point, I felt good that we had come to play.”
Despite giving up 27 turnovers, Barker said he was pleased with how the Barons shot and rebounded the basketball, especially in the second half.
BPC had four players in double figures, led by Warren Beaulah’s 26 points. Jurbien Byrd had 14 points, Bradley Wilson scored 11, and George Fudge finished with 10. Beaulah led the Barons with eight rebounds.
All attention now shifts to the upcoming SSAC Tournament, which begins this Thursday, March 1, at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. The Barons, coming in as the number six seed, will open the tournament against the host Flames, who come in as the number three seed, Thursday night at 7:45 p.m.
“We’re going to concentrate on Lee for the next three days,” Barker said. “Our plan is to watch a lot of film and get a lot of shots in at practice. We’ve had a very good February and hope we can take this momentum into the tournament.”
The SSAC Tournament wraps up with the championship game Saturday night, March 3.