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Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Men's Basketball Prepares for Busy Schedule

November 8, 2012 - Fresh off its second victory of the season the Brevard Community College men's basketball team faces three games in five days.

BCC, 2-1, travels to Hillsborough Community College for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and then hosts TAAG Academy of Tampa at 7 p.m. Monday and Florida State College Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both at the Melbourne Campus gym.

Admission to all home games is free.

"The grind of our schedule will really test us," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said. "We did this for two reasons: first to test our guys, and get them ready for the conference season where we play three games in six days in one stretch.

"Secondly, in hopes that our women's soccer team can advance to the (NJCAA Division I) national championship game on Saturday, Nov. 17, I wanted to make sure we had that day off so our guys could go, so we moved a game that would have been that day, to Monday (TAAG Academy.)"

Hillsborough was 0-2 prior to Thursday night's home game against Miami Dade College. TAAG is 0-4 and plays St. Petersburg College on Saturday before visiting BCC.

BCC's victories have covered both ends of the basketball spectrum. It routed Albany Tech of Georgia 107-78 and defeated Daytona State College 83-73 after letting a 15-point first-half lead slip away and falling behind briefly in the second half.

Shulman, while understandably pleased with the victories, realizes his team needs to play with more consistency, especially given that it lost two 13-point leads in dropping its season-opener 59-57 to Snead State of Alabama.

"We definitely need to become more consistent with our mentality and effort throughout the course of 40 minutes," Shulman said.

"We are not going to reach our lofty goals until we learn to play every single possession like it's the most important of the game. I also need my bench to step up, and our freshmen and newcomers to grow up quickly. I expect nothing but the best from every single player on our roster, from one thru 14, and we have to get to a point where there is no drop off whatsoever, no matter how deep on the bench we go."  

Sophomores and tri-captains Addison Spruill, the Florida College System Activities Association Player of the Week last week, and Nyles Evans have come to the fore for BCC.

Spruill scored 33 points against Albany Tech and added 13 points, 11 rebounds and three steals against Daytona State while Evans led BCC with 22 points against Daytona State including the game-changing four-point play that broke a late tie.