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Blue Lights College put six players in double figures and needed them all in a 98-90 win at Carolina Christian College on Saturday afternoon. The Thoroughbreds led by one, 50-49, at halftime. JB Ezzell-Upchurch was prolific at the free throw line, scoring nine of his 14 points there and all but two in the second half. BLC (8-9) defeated the Centurions 93-77 in Apex on January 14 and have won the last four meetings between the two schools. Jawan Browder led the Thoroughbreds with 17 points, while Chris Dickey claimed 15, Ezzell-Upchurch and Chance Jamison each added 14, Devon Allicott had 13, and Kenny Anderson Jr. chipped in 13. CCC guard Johnathan Cunningham, whom BLC held to just four points in their last meeting, carried the load for the Centurions with 29 points. The Lights return home to Hope Community Church to host Appalachian Bible College on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm....

1/25/2020

Perhaps it was overconfidence that lulled Blue Lights into a lethargic start on Tuesday night in Apex. After all, it was just five days before that the Thoroughbreds had manhandled Virginia University of Lynchburg on the road for a runaway 100-75 victory, and logic would dictate that they should be able to ease into a win over this same squad again. But the Dragons did not buy into that aesthetic, using an active defense and the fast break to catch BLC off guard before the home team mounted a comeback to claim an 82-68 win. BLC (7-9) played a truly uninspired first half, turning the ball over often to VUL's scrappy zone defense. The Dragons converted those turnovers to points and raced to a 9-4 lead before the Herd clawed back, taking the lead for the first time 15-13 at the 9:00 minute mark of the half. The Dragons (2-5) were not to going away that easily, however, and dominated the rebounding in generating a 15-3 spurt. BLC was cold for the rest of the half and trailed 37-28 at the break. Whatever Thoroughbreds coach Mario Pharr said at halftime must have gotten through to his troops, who came out of the locker room with a different look. Playing the uptempo style that is more their norm, the Horses scored the first nine points of the second half within 70 seconds, tying the game with quickness on both ends of the court. Devon Allicott and Jawan Browder took control of the boards, allowing VUL just one shot on most trips downcourt and allowing the Thoroughbreds to pull away by as many as 16 points. Kenny Anderson led the BLC charge offensively, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Five Thoroughbreds finished in double figures, including Allicott (12), Browder (11), Chris Dickey and Vic Ngong (10 each). VUL's Dominique Williams led all scorers with 22. The Lights will travel to Winston-Salem on Saturday to visit Carolina Christian College before returning to Hope Community Church next Tuesday to host Appalachian Bible....

1/22/2020

JB Ezzell-Upchurch will lead the charge Tuesday evening as Blue Lights College hosts Virginia University of Lynchburg! Don't miss a minute of the action starting at 6:00 pm at Hope Community Church, 2080 East Williams Street in the Peak of Great Basketball!...

1/20/2020

Blue Lights gave a loaded Johnson & Wales squad everything it wanted in Charlotte Saturday afternoon, before the top-ranked Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 102-91 win. The Thoroughbreds (6-9) led by as many as six point in the first half and at halftime 47-46 to serve notice that they were not intimidated by JWU's lofty ranking in the USCAA. And two free throws by Jawan Browder made it a one-point deficit for the Herd, 66-65, with 11-47 remaining in the second half. But over the next five minutes, the Wildcats (13-3) began to slowly put distance between themselves and the Thoroughbreds, accentuated by a Majerle Poole dunk with 6:00 to play, pushing the lead to 85-73. BLC did not fold and showed poise in trimming the deficit to four, 92-88, on a Chris Dickey free throw with 2:02 remaining. But that was as close at it would get as JWU pulled away for the final score. Browder and Kenny Anderson finished the day with 18 points apiece. Ezzell-Upchurch tallied 14, and Vic Ngong added 12, all from beyond the arc on 4-7 3-point shooting. Wildcat standout Robert Hobson led all scorers with 34, two shy of his career high. The Thoroughbreds and Wildcats will meet again on February 18 in Apex. Blue Lights returns home for a Tuesday matchup with Virginia University of Lynchburg. Gametime is 6:00 pm at Hope Community Church Apex....

1/18/2020

Many wondered if the Blue Lights men's basketball team would be able to sustain the momentum it found in Tuesday's runaway win when the team hit the road on Thursday. The Thoroughbreds answered with a resounding "YES" with a 100-75 victory at Virginia University of Lynchburg. BLC (6-8) opened up an early lead behind the hot shooting of Kenny Anderson, (five first-half 3's), Chris Dickey (11 first-half points) and Jawan Browder (14). Combined with stifling defense, the Thoroughbreds led by 29 at the break, 60-31. After intermission, coach Mario Pharr emptied the bench, and the reserves kept up their prolific offense from two nights earlier with every player except one getting into the scoring column. I love that we're building momentum heading into our top ranked opponent this weekend," said Pharr, referring to Saturday's game at USCAA top-ranked Johnson & Wales. "We still have some things to clean up offensively and, more important, defensively, but they are starting to really buy in. I see more now of what I envisioned for our program. Let's keep it going!" Anderson finished with 21 points to lead the Lights, with Chance Jamison tallying 16, Browder and Dickey contributing 14 apiece, and JB Ezzell-Upchurch adding 13, ten of which came in the second half. The Herd faces a tall order on Saturday, traveling to 12-3 JWU in Charlotte. The Wildcats' only losses have come to NCAA Division I opponents UNC Wilmington and Campbell and NAIA powerhouse Ave Maria. Game time is 3:00 pm. You can watch via livestream at https://www.youtube.com/user/wildcatscharlotte (copy and paste into your browser address bar)....

1/17/2020

Blue Lights started off Tuesday night as they often did during a four-game skid dating back to December 1: Sluggish. Trailing 10-3 to Carolina Christian College just three minutes into the contest, the Thoroughbreds looked out of sync and in danger of extending that slide. Enter Jawan Browder. Browder came off the bench and proceeded to take over the game, posting the first triple-double in school history and leading BLC to a 93-77 victory in Apex. The freshman from Raleigh came out like a man on fire, dominating the boards, forcing turnovers and distributing the ball to lead a 16-3 run and give the Horses a lead they would not relinquish. “We just had to change our mindset and focus on getting this win as a team,” Browder said after the game. “You know God is good. I pray every night asking God to help me get better, and it shows on the court.” Browder finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals. Coach Mario Pharr was understandably pleased with not only Browder’s record-setting performance, but with his team as a whole. “This is what I envisioned,” said Pharr, “We came out with a few turnovers, but once we settled with our MVP (Browder), we played really, really well tonight.” The win was also a milestone for Pharr, giving him his 11th victory as head coach and making him the winningest coach in the school’s brief history. Kenny Anderson added 14 points, JB Ezzell-Upchurch poured in 13, and Yak Yak came off the bench to contribute 10 as every Thoroughbred played and scored. CCC’s Stephon Brown led the Centurions with 22 points. The Thoroughbreds go back on the road to face Virginia University of Lynchburg on Thursday. ...

1/15/2020

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