NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championship title with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian Prep on Saturday evening at the J. Bryant Floyd Center.
The win completed a 4-0 run in the national tournament to improve SVCC to 17-6 on the season.
“It was a tremendous tournament for our team,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “To win a national tournament title at any level is quite an accomplishment and Coach Brown and I are extremely proud of our young men.”
Moravian entered the tourney as the defending national champions in the post-grad division, having knocked off SVCC in a thrilling 64-61 victory in last year’s semifinal round.
This year’s contest would also go down to the final buzzer.
Tied at 65 with 21 seconds left, SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier (pictured at left) knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 12 seconds left and the Panthers’ defense made one final stand to seal the title.
Hoosier finished with 23 points and four rebounds in the championship game and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
Guard Edmund Maxwell also had a sensational title game for SVCC finishing with 20 points and eight assists to help key the second half comeback.
Moravian jumped out to a 24-16 lead in the first half but Cavan Bryant buried a trey at the 4:56 mark and Reggie Dennis added a bucket to trim the Moravian lead to 26-22 at the 1:19 mark.
Moravian took a 28-24 lead to the halftime break.
E. Maxwell scored the first four points of the second half and Hooiser followed with two straight buckets to give SVCC its first lead at 32-30 at the 14:13 mark.
A massive dunk following a steal by Hoosier at the 10:09 mark trimmed the Moravian lead to 39-38.
A bucket by Cordaro Boyd and a trey by Tevin Holloway cut the Moravian lead to 55-54 at the 4:36 mark.
A layup by Khari Jenkins tied the score at 61 with 1:46 left to play.
After getting a big defensive stop, Hoosier completed a 3-point play and Boyd hit one-of-two from the line for a 65-61 lead with 44 seconds left.
Moravian didn’t quit however and completed a 4-point play with 25 seconds left to tie the score at 65.
SVCC took a timeout and refocused and Hoosier hit the jumper to hand the local school its first national title.
Jenkins led the team with eight rebounds in the game while Boyd added seven and Bryant and Holloway finished with five apiece, respectively.
SVCC……24 43 - 67
MP………28 37 - 65
SVCC – Hoosier 23, E. Maxwell 20, Dennis 2, Holloway 7, Boyd 7, Jenkins 4, Coleman 1, Bryant 3.
SVCC got some big defensive plays from Reggie Dennis and Trevor Williams down the stretch to help the local team hold on for a 65-63 win over MMG (FL) in a semifinal contest on Friday night.
The local team trailed by as many as eight in the first half against MMG but got a trey from Hoosier and two free-throws from E. Maxwell to close to 28-26 at the halftime break.
SVCC cut the MMG lead to 34-33 at the 13:00 mark of the second half on a trey by Holloway.
Jenkins scored six straight points for SVCC to give the local team a 53-48 lead at the 4:54 mark.
A three-point play by Maxwell gave SVCC a 58-53 lead with 3:47 left to play.
MMG fought back with a trey and a short jumper to take a 60-59 lead with a 1:45 left to play.
The local team didn’t panic and the 5-9 Dennis pulled a deflected pass away from the 6-11 MMG center and tapped it to CJ Boyd who converted a 3-point play with 40 seconds left to give SVCC a 64-63 lead.
A big defensive rebound by Williams helped seal the win in the final 10 seconds.
Hoosier led SVCC with 20 points and six assists while Jenkins scored 12 points and added six rebounds.
Maxwell scored 11 points and added 10 assists while Boyd finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
SVCC…….26 39 – 65
MMG……..28 35 – 63
SVCC – E. Maxwell 11, Dennis 6, Hoosier 20, Holloway 6, Boyd 7, Jenkins 12, Williams 3.
SVCC topped Mount Zion Academy (NC) 79-73 in their second round game on Friday afternoon.
The local team jumped out to a 13-7 lead on a dunk by Hoosier at the 11:07 mark of the first half.
Six straight points by E. Maxwell extended the SVCC lead to 32-24 at the 3:58 mark and the local team took a 41-32 lead to the halftime break.
Mt. Zion cut the SVCC lead to one point five minutes into the second half but a 3-point play by Hoosier gave SVCC a 65-59 lead at the 5:46 mark and the local team hung on down the stretch.
Hoosier led SVCC with 19 points and five rebounds while E. Maxwell added 17 points and four assists.
Jenkins finished with 12 points and eight rebounds while Holloway added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Boyd finished with five points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
SVCC……..41 38 – 79
MZP………32 41 – 73
SVCC – E. Maxwell 17, Dennis 4, Hoosier 19, Holloway 11, Boyd 5, Jenkins 12, Williams 1.
SVCC came out on fire in their national opener topping Prestige Prep (NJ) 87-60 on Thursday afternoon.
The local team jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the 13:06 mark of the opening quarter on three straight dunks by Jenkins, E. Maxwell and Boyd.
Three straight treys by Hoosier, Maxwell and Bryant extended the lead to 32-16 at the 7:24 mark.
SVCC took a 44-27 lead to the halftime break.
The local team took a 51-31 lead at the 11:09 mark of the second half on a layup by Boyd and cruised from there to the victory.
Hoosier led SVCC with 21 points and seven rebounds while Jenkins scored 15 points and added 17 rebounds and five blocks.
Boyd scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds.
SVCC…..44 43 – 87
PP………27 33 – 60
SVCC – D. Maxwell 3, E. Maxwell 8, Hoosier 22, Holloway 5, Harris 4, Burgess 2, Dennis 0, Tucker 2, Boyd 12, Jenkins 15, Williams 6, Coleman 4, Bryant 3.
2015 USA NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONS – The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championships with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian in the title game on Saturday evening in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On the front row from left are Shawon Tucker, Tevin Holloway, Edmund Maxwell, Donald Maxwell, Reggie Dennis, Marcus Hoosier, Anthony Harris and Coach Vincent Brown. On the back from left are Coach Dennis Smith, Taron Burgess, Shaun Coleman, Cordaro Boyd, Khari Jenkins, Cavan Bryant and Trevor Williams. (SVCC photo)
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER – SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2015 USA National Prep Championship tournament in the Post-Grad division.