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.