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Barons looking to “up the tempo” in 2006-2007
|Baron George Fudge (#33) tries to pick off a shot from a Webber International player during the Nov. 4 home game during the Days Inn/BPC Tip-Off Classic. (Photo by Nicole Mathis/BPC News and Public Information staff photographer)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – Head Coach Steve Barker and the Brewton-Parker College Baron basketball team are looking to “up the tempo” in more ways than one for the 2006-2007 season.
“In the past, we have not been an up-tempo type of team,” said Barker. “This year, though, with the lack of height on our roster, we will be pressing a lot more, which will ultimately lead to a more up-tempo style of play.”
In order for the team’s new style to be effective, and to continue to build on a successful 05-06 season where the Barons finished 16-15 and qualified for the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Tournament, Barker is counting on several players to be key in the team’s success.
Captain Adam Holmes, a 6’1” senior guard from Jacksonville, Florida, will be looked to as the Barons’ floor leader this season.
“Adam loves the game of basketball,” Barker said. “He is a very good shooter and runs the point guard position for us. His leadership on the floor will be a key to our success this season.”
Warren Beaulah, a 6’3” senior guard from Columbus, adds an outside presence to the Baron offense and could be a significant player in the conference this season.
“Warren is a great perimeter shooter,” said Barker. “He has the potential to be an All-Conference player for us. We’re looking for big things from him.”
Tony Deberry, a 6’1” sophomore guard from Douglas and a member of the All-Freshman team last year, will look to continue to make significant contributions on the floor in 2006-2007.
“Tony has great quickness, and is one of our best defenders,” Barker said. “In addition, he has the ability to score at anytime, which will help us as we implement this new, up-tempo style of play.”
Barker is also looking for Larry Patrick (post), a 6’4” sophomore transfer from Troy State University, George Fudge (post), a 6’5” junior transfer from Brevard Community College in Florida, and Dale Clay (guard), a 6’5” junior transfer from Rainey River Community College in Minnesota, to all play a huge role in the team’s overall success this season.
In order for the team to build on last season’s success, Barker knows the Barons will be facing some stronger competition in the SSAC.
“Our conference is better than ever,” said Barker. “Everyone has greatly improved, which will make for an exciting year. Both Lee (University) and Southern Polytechnic (State University) went to the national tournament last year. Faulkner (University) will be strong again as well. It’s going to be challenging.”
The Barons have already seen action this season, playing in the Voorhees College Classic in October and at home in the Days Inn/BPC Tip-Off Classic this past weekend. In the Voorhees Classic, the Barons fell to Mountain State University (2004 NAIA Division I National Champions) 79-65, and lost to Voorhees College, 71-67. In the Tip-Off Classic, the Barons fell to Savannah College of Art and Design, 62-59, and picked up their first win of the season – a 76-70 double overtime thriller – against Webber International.
Their next home game will be Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. against Morris College. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.
Season tickets are still on sale for the 2006-07 season. A “Baron Booster Package” is available for $60 and comes with one ticket for all 27 Baron and Lady Baron home games, and includes seating behind the scorer’s table, access to the Hall of Fame Hospitality Room and more. Additional packages can be purchased for $40. For more information on basketball season ticket packages, contact Steve Barker, BPC Athletic Director, at 912-583-3178 or 1-800-342-1087 ext. 178.