Barons rally, Lady Barons cruise to complete first sweep in new home


MOUNT VERNON, Ga. -- Brewton-Parker College completed its first basketball doubleheader sweep in its new Student Activities Center with a pair of victories Monday night as different as they could get.


After freshman hometown product Tamika Drinks paced the Lady Barons to a 95-44 romp over Allen University (S.C.), the Barons rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6:24 to force overtime and take a 71-69 win over the visiting Yellow Jackets.


For the Barons (2-2), the overtime was the third they entered in their first four games, having split the first two decisions. The win was their first in three games at the Student Activities Center, with all three games decided by five points total.


“I am hoping this is going to teach us how to be calm and collected in close situations,” Barons coach Steve Barker said. “It’s good to have close games, and we’re playing a brand of basketball that gives us the opportunity to win. I think we can learn from our losses.”


Allen had three 10-point leads in the second half, the last at 55-45 before Brewton-Parker switched to a smaller lineup and completed a game-tying, 13-3 run with seven unanswered points.


“We went to a small, guard-oriented lineup to generate some more scoring,” said Barker, whose team responded with scores coming from four different players during the game-knotting stretch.


Freshman guard Barry McDonald tied the score at 58-all with 2:12 after taking a pass off one of junior post Hector Solano’s six blocked shots.


Allen regained the lead on a 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining, but senior guard Gabe Bubon tied the score on a trey with 51 seconds left in regulation.


McDonald found junior guard Jarvis Smith open for a game-wining 3-point attempt, but Smith’s shot missed to force the Barons’ third overtime of the young season.


The Barons responded to the Jackets’ OT-opening basket with a 9-0 run, with Bubon hitting the game-tying free throws and go-ahead 3-pointer and McDonald hitting four free throws.


“Gabe Bubon is just an awesome scorer,” Barker said of the 6-foot-3 transfer from Warren, Ohio, who finished the game with 23 points while hitting 5-of-10 3-point shots and 6-of-8 free throws.  “Barry is going to be our point guard of the future. He plays heads-up ball.”


Allen closed to within one at 70-69 with 4.4 seconds left, but junior guard Ben McGlynn hit a free throw with two ticks remaining and Allen missed a full-court shot off the rebound.


Smith added 10 points, and Solano led the Barons in rebounds with nine along with his six blocks. Allen’s Dewayne Jackson shared game-high scoring honors with Bubon with 23 points.


Unlike the men’s game, the outcome of the women’s contest was never in doubt. The Lady Barons (3-0) led 38-10 midway through the first half and 49-14 at halftime, and the lead grew until the 51-point margin posted at game’s end.


The Lady Barons committed just eight turnovers while forcing 27 on Allen, with Brewton-Parker committing just two in the first half while forcing 17 Lady Jacket turnovers.


Drinks, a 5-foot-10 guard from Mount Vernon, scored a game-high 19 points to lead five Lady Barons in double figures. She was 8-for-9 from the floor and finished in a three-way share of rebounding honors with seven.


“She is just another freshman who has stepped up and played well,” Dalley said of Drinks. “We have so many weapons that it’s going to be somebody different who steps up every night.”


Senior forward Tameka Oliver, coming off her Most Valuable Player performance in the Lady Barons’ Tip-Off Classic, and freshman guard Ashley Little (4-for-8 from 3-point range) followed Drinks with 14 points apiece. Oliver also had seven rebounds, as did freshman forward Vontrecia Walker to go with her 12 points.


Senior guard Lucinda Lessington added 10 points, while junior guard Melody Walker had a team-high seven assists.


“Nobody probably played more than 15 to 16 minutes,” Dalley said. “This gave us an opportunity to let some players play and try to get a little better.”


 The win completed a season-opening run of three games in four nights for the Lady Barons, who then have seven full days of rest before reciprocating Allen’s visit Monday with a trip Tuesday, Nov. 19, to Columbia, S.C.


“It is more of a tournament format having three games in four days,” Dalley said. “In the conference tournament, we will play three games in three days, so this is preparing us for down the road. “


The seven days of rest between games also has its benefits.


“It’s a chance to get some bodies healthy again and a chance to work academically because we are not on the road until next week,” Dalley said.