Cougars get 10th win

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Central Carolina Community College is well on its way to its first 20-win season.

The Cougars won their 10th game, with an 87-74 victory at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Va. on Saturday. It's the first season CCCC (10-3) has reached 10 wins in the first half of the season.

This was the first meeting between the two colleges. The Virginia Western Blue Stars will enter the Tar Heel Conference of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), Region X next year. They will visit Sanford at 3 p.m. on Jan. 4 for the return game.

Several community colleges in Virginia are leaving their state conference and joining the NJCAA, so the Tar Heel Conference may be expanding north in the coming seasons. Wytheville Community College (Va.) is in its fourth season with the conference.  Expansion into Virginia should help the conference increase its stature nationally.

With a great start to Saturday's game, Cougar head coach Doug Connor was able play his entire team. Jenaro Harris (Cox Mill) was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 17 points and is starting to settle into his role at the point. Julian Bailey (Cape Fear) again led the team on the boards with 16 rebounds and recorded another double-double with 10 points. Josh Lee (Southern Lee), CCCC’s leading scorer, was held to just eight points on the day, while sharing playing time with several reserves.

Harris hit several three-point shots to open the game and Billy Brunson (Hoke) hit all three threes he shot for his nine points for the game.

Chris Kelly (Cape Fear) scored 10 points and Deinzel Greene (CPCC) chipped in seven. Shawn McGee (Enloe) held the Blue Star’s leading scorer in check with a lock-down defensive effort and put in six points himself. Kalon Buchanan (Hopewell) had another huge night with five blocked shots for the second straight game.

The game atmosphere was great with a large partisan crowd hoping for a victory for the Blue Stars. The 13-point final margin was the closest Virginia Western has been to any NJCAA foe this season. 

The Cougars will have a break for semester finals. They will the be in action next at Wake Tech in their Christmas tournament where the Cougars will face Catawba Valley on Dec. 20 and Wake Tech on Dec. 21.

The Cougars are starting to feel like this is going to be a special year.