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- January 2005 /
Barons win two, lose one
in SSAC action
Some might say that two
out of three ain't bad, but not Steve Barker, head men's
basketball coach for Brewton-Parker College, of his team's
effort last week.
After beating Emmanuel
College 65-64 last Monday at Franklin
Springs, then stunning Georgia Southwestern State University
65-61 on Thursday
at home in Gillis Gymnasium, the Barons lost to North
Georgia 98-82 on Saturday
junior guard Adrian Sing drives through the lane for
a lay-up for two of his 33 points in the Barons' 65-61
win over Georgia Southwestern State University on Thursday,
Jan. 13, in Southern States Athletic Conference action
at Gillis Gymnasium on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount
(Photo by Charles Conkin)
had a chance to make it three in a row," said Barker, whose
team is 9-9 overall and 3-7 in Southern States Athletic Conference
the 2-for-3 week. "I was very disappointed with
the way we played Saturday.
The week started out well as Brewton-Parker picked up
a much-needed victory over the Emmanuel Lions Monday
" We were in dire need of a win going to Emmanuel," said Barker, whose
had been plagued by poor shooting, non-existent rebounding and sloppy ball-handling
thus far in the season. Barker switched things up, and as a result, "For
the first time in many years I started five guards," he
The strategy worked as the Barons jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the
first eight minutes. Emmanuel then made some adjustments and closed
of the Barons to make it 35-32 at the half, but as the game progressed
the Lions were unable to pull the game out for the home-court fans.
Sophomore guard Tylson Boyd of Columbia, S.C., led the Barons with
16 points, and junior guard Adrian Sing of Santo Domingo, Dominican
second leading scorer with 13.
Senior forward Ryan Parry of Tanawah, Australia, and senior guard-forward
David Byrne of Rincon each had six rebounds as the Barons were
out-rebounded by only
one board, 36-35, by the Lions.
Junior guard Ryan Frazee put in a game-high 22 points for Emmanuel
(3-16, 2-8 SSAC at week's end).
" We still were not taking care of the ball," said Barker. "We
turned it over 24 times."
Against Georgia Southwestern, the Barons methodically built a five-point
halftime lead on the strength of better shooting. In the second half,
the Barons held
their own, finally out-shooting the Hurricanes 44 percent to 39
percent from the floor in the game. Brewton-Parker ended up making
20 for the 'Canes (11-5, 4-5 SSAC at week's end).
Sing exploded for 33 points to lead all scoring accounting for
more than half the Barons' output. Byrne added 10 points, as did
turnovers while they gave the ball away 18 times.
Senior forward Dontae Truitt, who had been burning up the conference
averaging 41 points per game, was limited to 26 points. Truitt,
who was named NAIA player
of the Week last week and SSAC Player of the Week the past two
weeks, also had 14 rebounds for a double-double.
" This was the first time this season when I felt that we just had a total
team effort," Barker said.
On Saturday, the Barons rolled into Dahlonega fresh off of two conference
victories looking for good things to happen. The Barons started out
strong and trailed
the North Georgia Saints (12-5, 7-2 SSAC) by only five at the half,
thanks to a buzzer-beating trey by senior guard Ben McGlynn of Mooloolaba,
In the second half, the Saints started hitting from long range, led
by junior guard Mark Causey of Gainesville, Ga., and the Barons
him. After a string of 3-pointers by Causey, the Saints held a
The Barons rallied to chip into that lead but were still on the
wrong end of a 16-point gap at the end. Causey was the scoring
the game with 30
points. Senior post Canaan Brown had a double double for the Saints
putting in 12 points and grabbing 12 boards.
Junior reserve Justin Bess of Miami stepped up to lead the
Barons with 21 points. Two other Barons were in double figures:
guard Tré Hill
of Waycross and Boyd with 12 points apiece.
Again, the Barons had trouble protecting the ball, turning
it over 17 times compared to just 12 miscues by the Saints. "We came out like we wanted
to play and had a solid first half" said Barker, "but
in the second period we were just totally out-played."
The Barons next see action when they host Shorter College (3-10,
0-8 SSAC) in Gillis Gymnasium on Thursday for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Brewton-Parker then steps out of conference play on Saturday, when
the Barons play Allen University (S.C.) for homecoming beginning
5 p.m. They
then entertain Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) in SSAC play
Monday, Jan. 24, starting at 8 p.m. in Gillis Gymnasium.