Tigers Bite Barons

With 13 minutes left and leading by 18 points Dec. 1, the Brewton-Parker College Barons basketball team thought it had Voorhees College bagged on the Tigers' home court in Denmark, S.C.

Instead, Voorhees went to a 1-3-1 zone, shut down the Barons' scoring and started chopping away at Brewton-Parker's lead and eventually captured an 84-81 non-conference victory.

With only three minutes left, Voorhees took its first lead before the Barons came back to tie it up 81-all with 12 seconds left and Brewton-Parker coach Steve Barker called a time out.

"During the time out, I asked them to simply stop penetration and not to leave anyone open for a jump shot, and what happened is Tre Hill (junior guard from Waycross) got beat on the dribble and Jarvis Smith (senior guard from Atlanta) left his man to come over and help him. You can guess the rest of the story."

The loss left the Barons with a record of 3-3.

"We could easily be 6-0 right now or maybe 5-1, but inconsistent play has taken its toll," said Barker, whose team then entered a stretch of 10 days off for fall semester final exams. "For us to reach our potential this season, every player has to come to play every night, and that is not happening right now."

On this night, junior post Bryan Jett of Hampton and senior post Hector Solano of Miami, Fla. had solid outings for the Barons with each recording a double-double.

Jett led the scoring with 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Solano led the Barons in rebounding with 12 and tallied 14 points. Smith also contributed 14 points to the effort.

The leader in both scoring and rebounding for Voorhees was Clint Perkins with 24 points and 10 boards, and Eric Houston added 18 points for the Tigers (3-6).

The two teams will meet again Friday, Dec. 12, at the Brewton-Parker Holiday Classic, which will be the Barons' next action after next week's final exams. Tip-off for that game is 8 p.m.

Brewton-Parker finishes its first-semester schedule on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the classic against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.). Shorter College is the fourth team in the classic.