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Tonight's (Thursday's) men's basketball game at Mid-Atlantic Christian University has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution due to inclement weather. The Thoroughbreds end their season with a record of 10-15 and a second place finish in the Bible College National Invitational Tournament. Go Thoroughbreds...Rise Above!...

2/20/2020

Darian Williams had the golden touch Monday night, hitting all nine attempts from the field as well as going 3-of-3 from the free throw line, but it was not enough as Blue Lights came up short of a major upset in falling to top-ranked Sandhills Community College 106-92 in Pinehurst. The Thoroughbreds (10-14) were coming off a tough loss to Trinity College in the NIT championship game, followed by a 12-hour ride back home from Chicago, but did not show many ill effects, trailing only by five at halftime to the 28-3 Flyers atop the NJCAA Division 3 polls. BLC shot 35-70 for 50% from the field and 33% from long range compared to Sandhills' 46% and 40 percent, respectively. However, the Flyers outrebounded the Herd 54-33 and forced 22 turnovers compared to their own 17. Williams led all scorers with 21 points, and Chris Dickey and JB Ezzell-Upchurch each scored 14 points in a balanced attack. Jawan Browder added 13 and Kenny Anderson, Jr. contributed 11. The Thoroughbreds now must regroup quickly to face another number-one ranked opponent. USCAA DIvision 2 leader Johnson & Wales comes into Hope Community Church tonight (Tuesday) at 6:00 pm in the final home game of the season for BLC. Tickets are $5.00 at the door for adults with children under 12 admitted free. ...

2/18/2020

It seems a bit of a rivalry is developing between Blue Lights College and Trinity College of Florida, as the two teams have met in hotly-contested games two years running at the Bible College National Invitational Tournament. Unfortunately for the Thoroughbreds, both times have resulted in a loss, the most recent a 84-76 score to the Tigers Saturday afternoon in the 2020 championship game in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The Tigers seemed energized and motivated at game time whereas BLC came out flat, allowing Trinity to score the game's first eight points in rapid succession. The Herd fell behind by as many as 13 points before rallying to take its first lead 31-30 on a Chance Jamison layup with 4:26 remaining in the half. But it would be short-lived. Trinity went on a 12-3 run to end the half and to take a 42-34 at the break. BLC (10-13) would get as close as three in the second half but could not close the deal as the top-seeded Tigers pulled away for the final score. Blue Lights fell to Trinity in last year's NIT third-place game 83-81 in double overtime. Kenny Anderson, Jr. and Jawan Browder were both selected to the NIT All-Tournament team. There's no rest for the weary as now the Thoroughbreds face nationally top-ranked teams back-to-back. Monday night BLC travels to Sandhills Community College, ranked number one in NJCAA Division 3, followed by the final home game of the season Tuesday against USCAA Division 2 leader Johnson & Wales....

2/17/2020

Neither rain nor snow...nor gloom of night...nor sleep deprivation could keep the Blue Lights men's basketball team from their appointed rounds on Thursday night as they defeated Appalachian Bible College 120-63 to advance to the championship game of the National Invitational Tournament in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The Thoroughbreds overcame a 13-hour overnight bus ride, a blizzard, and frigid single-digit Midwest air to play a complete game, shooting 53% from the floor and a blistering 14-32 for 44% from long range. They also held the Warriors to 31% shooting overall on the night. "We came out and knew what we had to do and they did it," said BLC coach Mario Pharr. "It was a complete effort throughout the game." Jawan Browder led the way with 24 points. The Herd will face Trinity College of Florida in Saturday's title tilt. Tip is set for 3:00 pm Eastern/2:00 pm Central time. The game will be livestreamed at dbc.edu....

2/13/2020

Blue Lights College will open play in the 2020 Bible College National Invitational Tournament on Thursday as they have accepted an invitation for the second consecutive year. The second-seeded Thoroughbreds open play Thursday at 6:00 pm Eastern time (5:00 pm Central) against third-seeded Appalachian Bible College at Lake Zurich, Illinois outside Chicago. "We are thrilled to be asked to participate again," said athletic director Mike Davis. "Our guys were disappointed with a fourth-place finish last year, and they really hope to bring home the hardware this time." The 2019-20 squad lost to eventual NIT champion Davis College by six in the semifinals and then dropped a heart-breaking double-overtime game to Trinity College of Florida in the consolation bracket. Trinity is this year's top seed. The games will be livestreamed at http://dbc.edu/basketball.html (copy and paste into your browser)....

2/12/2020

Piedmont International used its quick guards and scrappy defense to convert turnovers into points and hold Blue Lights at bay 93-79 in Apex Tuesday night. As has often been the case, the Thoroughbreds (9-12) were somewhat sluggish out of the gate, allowing the Bruins to take control early on. Devon Allicott kept BLC in the contest, scoring the team's first seven points. BLC managed a flurry midway through the half and tied the game once before the Bruins pulled away again for a 45-30 halftime lead. PIU continued in its speedy fast break in the second half and led by as many as 21 points before the Herd rallied to cut it to eight, largely on driving layups by Darian Williams. Williams' drives also led him to the free throw line where he had 11 of his game-high 22 points. But that was as close as the Thoroughbreds could muster it as Piedmont pulled away for the final margin. Chance Jamison came off the bench to contribute 16 points, all in the second half. Allicott finished with 13 points, 11 of them in the first half. Jawan Browder added eight. Curtis Coleman, Jr. led the Bruins with 15. Blue Lights has accepted an invitation to play in the 2020 Bible College National Invitational Tournament near Chicago. The Thoroughbreds will open against Appalachian Bible on Thursday February 13 at 5:00 pm....

2/5/2020

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