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After a hiatus due to the global pandemic, wrestling is back at Blue Lights College. We are excited to welcome our new Men's and Women's Head Coach, Adrian Soto- Perez, to the Blue Lights family!  In addition to our outstanding men's program that has produced a NCWA All- American competitor , we are proud to announce we are welcoming our first recruiting class of women's wrestlers to compete on the national level! ...

3/4/2023

Fourth-seeded Blue Lights College dropped a 97-88 decision to the top-seeded Apprentice School in the New South Athletic Conference tournament semifinals, eliminating the Thoroughbreds from title contention and ending their season one game short of their first conference championship. BLC (9-7) played the Builders (19-7) tough for all 40 minutes, holding various leads throughout the game. The Herd protected the paint and dared the Builders to beat them from the perimeter. Apprentice answered with eight three-pointers in the first half, accounting for half of their field goals and lead 48-44 over the Thoroughbreds at the halftime break. Apprentice's lead fizzled away, thanks to a 7-0 run to start the second half. BLC's lead grew to as many as seven with 13:49 left but Apprentice fought back to take a 74-73 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. The Herd lead 78-76 with eight minutes left, but the NSAC regular-season champion Builders responded with solid defense, holding BLC scoreless for the next three minutes. With 4:15 to go, Apprentice mounted a 93-80 advantage that ended up being too much for the Thoroughbreds to withstand down the stretch. NSAC MVP Shawn Eley of Apprentice led all scorers with 35 points, recording a double-double paired with 15 rebounds and made 11-of-12 free throws. The Builders made 15 threes altogether and scored 21 points off BLC turnovers. All-NSAC first team forward Wol Yak led the Thorougbreds with 24 points, nine rebounds, shooting 50% from the field and three-point range (3-of-6). All-NSAC second teamers Sam Benton, jr. and Keyshawn Bryant scored 22 and 19 points, respectively. Freshman guard Miigwaanhs Barrientoz added 14 points and four treys. Malek Ngong tied with Apprentice's Eley with 15 rebounds before fouling out midway through the second half. Freshman forward Randy Freeman (personal) returned to the BLC roster on Saturday, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds. Apprentice will play the winner of Virginia Peninsula Community College vs. Mid-Atlantic Christian University for the NSAC championship on Sunday. ...

2/25/2023

The Blue Lights College Thoroughbreds' quest for their first New South Athletic Conference championship continues this Saturday against a familiar foe: the top-seeded, USCAA #3 ranked Apprentice School Builders. Fourth-seeded BLC (9-6 overall) will travel to Newport News, Va., looking to avenge two earlier losses to the Builders (18-7 overall). In head coach Nolan Adams' first official game at the helm of BLC, the Thoroughbreds dropped an 80-73 decision to the Builders at the Apprentice Athletic Center. BLC's only loss at home this season was at the hands of Apprentice in the rematch on December 6th. Adams realizes the challenge ahead of his team. "(It's going to take) our best in every facet of the game, on and off the court," Adams said after the Thoroughbreds' win over Carolina Christian in the NSAC tournament opening round. "If we can stay together and remain a solid team, a unit, a family, then we'll have a chance to win that game." BLC are down to just six players after a season-ending injury to sophomore forward Victor Ngong. Forward Randy Freeman (personal reasons) is not expected to travel with the team to Newport News. "We have to keep ourselves fresh because we will be playing major minutes from here on out, " Adams added. "Junayd Hill answered the bell. (He) stepped in and gave us some really solid minutes." The BLC-Apprentice rematch takes place Saturday, February 25th at 4pm. The winner will advance to the NSAC Championship game against either Mid-Atlantic Christian or Virginia Peninsula on Sunday. You can watch the game on BuildersStream on Youtube. If you planning to attend the game live, tickets can be purchased at gobuilders.com/ticketing. ...

2/24/2023

APEX, NC - Fourth-seed Blue Lights College defeated T-5th seed Carolina Christian College 98-94 on Tuesday in the opening round of the New South Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament, held at Hope Community Church Arena. Prior to tip-off, NSAC commissioner Mike Davis presented All-NSAC awards to forward Wol Yak (first team), point guard Sam Benton Jr and power forward Keyshawn Bryant (second team). Centurions guard Robert Murdock (second team) was also recognized. Down to just six players with forwards Randy Freeman (personal reasons) and Victor Ngong (season-ending hand injury) unavailable, the Thoroughbreds (9-6 overall) faced a tremendous challenge against a motivated Carolina Christian team, looking to avenge a November 22nd loss to BLC. The Centurions (3-16 overall) had depth and rotated players often so they could press the Thoroughbreds into turnovers. The Thoroughbreds were able to avoid costly mistakes and held a 43-32 halftime lead, thanks in part to a 29-22 rebounding edge, including 13 offensive boards. Carolina Christian, inspired by a large contingent of traveling fans from Winston-Salem, wiped out the deficit with a 17-5 run to take the lead early in the second half. Despite outscoring BLC 62-55 in the final 20 minutes, the Centurions could not take sustainable advantage of the undermanned Thoroughbreds. The Centurions had no answers for Keyshawn Bryant. The BLC big man scored 17 points in the second half after a 1-9 shooting slump in the first, and made clutch free throws to fend off Carolina Christian. The Centurions lost their composure often in the second half, getting technical fouls after being visibly frustrated with the officials. The Thoroughbreds scored 17 points from the charity stripe in that time, including six technical free throws off of 14 combined fouls for CCC. Two Thoroughbreds recorded double-doubles against Carolina Christian. Forward Wol Yak lead all scorers with 30 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Bryant had a monster game, snatching 18 rebounds to go along with his 19 points. four assists and two blocks. Sam Benton, Jr. scored 26 points (15 in the second half), leading the Herd with five assists and adding three steals of his own. Guard Miigwaanhs Barrientoz added 17 points and five rebounds. Guard/forward Malek Ngong stuffed the stat sheet with six points - including a clutch basket in the final two minutes, eight rebounds, a team-high three blocks and two assists. With the victory, BLC will travel to the Apprentice Athletic Center in Newport News, Va this Saturday at 4pm to face top-seed, USCAA nationally ranked Apprentice for the third time this season. The Builders (11-0 NSAC) handed the Thoroughbreds their only home defeat on December 6th, 90-74, in a game where Wol Yak was suspended for the first half. BLC dropped an 80-73 decision to the regular season champions in the Thoroughbreds' season opener on November 8th. ...

2/22/2023

The Thoroughbreds' path to the New South Athletic Conference championship has been established. As a result of Virginia Peninsula defeating Mid-Atlantic Christian 79-70 on NSAC Decision Day today, VPCC (3-4 NSAC, 10-9 overall) reclaimed third place in the conference, dropping BLC (2-3 NSAC, 8-6 overall) to the 4-seed. Both the Gators and Thoroughbreds will host NSAC opening round games this Tuesday night, February 21st. The difference between the 3-seed and 4-seed for the Thoroughbreds is the potential opponent for the semifinals. The winner of their 2/21 game with T-5-seed Carolina Christian (0-7 NSAC, 3-14 overall) will travel to Newport News, Va. to play top-seed, nationally ranked Apprentice (11-0 NSAC, 17-7 overall) on Saturday, February 25th. Had VPCC lost to MACU for a second time (MACU edged VPCC 70-68 on January 11th), the Mustangs would await the Centurions-BLC winner. Peninsula will host T-5-seed Christendom (0-4 NSAC, 6-14 overall) at 7pm EST this Tuesday night, while the Centurions-Thoroughbreds game will begin at 6:30pm EST. This is a single-elimination tournament. The Thoroughbreds must defeat Carolina Christian to extend their season. Here is the full schedule for the 2023 NSAC Men's Basketball Tournament: OPENING ROUND - FEBRUARY 21ST (seeding in parentheses) PLAYED AT HOME VENUES (T-5) Carolina Christian at (4) Blue Lights College, 6:30pm EST (T-5) Christendom at (3) Virginia Peninsula, 7:00pm EST SEMI-FINALS - FEBRUARY 25TH APPRENTICE ATHLETIC CENTER - NEWPORT NEWS, VA (1) Apprentice vs. winner of CCC-BLC, 4:00pm EST (2) Mid-Atlantic Christian vs. Christendom/VPCC winner, 6:00pm EST CHAMPIONSHIP - FEBRUARY 26TH APPRENTICE ATHLETIC CENTER - NEWPORT NEWS, VA Semi-final #1 winner vs semi-final #2 winner, 4:00pm EST ...

2/18/2023

PINEHURST, N.C. - The Thoroughbreds were defeated Saturday by Sandhills Community College, 100-99 in stunning fashion on Senior Day inside Heins Gym. Much to the surprise of the Flyers' home crowd, BLC (8-6 overall: 2-3 NSAC) held a lead for a good portion of the first half. Trailing 6-2 early, the Herd went on an 11-2 run to take a 13-8 lead, thanks in part to a couple of three-pointers by Keyshawn Bryant. With the Thoroughbreds leading 37-32 with 4:46 left in the first half, the Flyers (24-3) responded with a 17-7 run to take a 49-44 halftime lead. Sandhills - the top-ranked Division III NJCAA team in the country, continued to gain momentum after the break. The Flyers started the second half with a 13-1 run to increase the lead to 62-45. It took the Thoroughbreds three minutes and 30 seconds to get their first field goal: a three from forward Wol Yak. Trailing 66-53 with 14:56 left, the Thoroughbreds started chipping away at the deficit. Much like February 7th against Virginia Peninsula, Yak started cooking and lead a furious BLC comeback. The Herd completely erased the margin with an incredible 19-6 run, culminating with point guard Sam Benton Jr putting the Thoroughbreds ahead 74-72 with 9:45 left. Much to the chagrin of the home fans, the Thoroughbreds built a 99-89 lead with 1:53 to go. It looked like BLC was about to throw cold water on the Flyers' senior day and shock the nation, but Sandhills caught fire. The home team scored the final 11 points, capped off by a miraculous putback by Sandhills' Jaquan Thurman with three seconds left. Benton's three at the buzzer was no good, and the Flyers escaped. Wol Yak lead all scorers with 31 points and 12 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes. Benton finished with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists. Bryant added 18 points, four blocks and three steals. The full box score can be seen at https://www.sccflyers.com/sports/mbkb/2022-23/boxscores/20230211_434w.xml?view=boxscore . ...

2/11/2023

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