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Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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Busy Week Ahead for BCC Men's Basketball Team

November 26, 2012 - Seven games into the 2012-13 season and Brevard Community College's men's basketball team is rounding into shape with a 5-2 record.

Its progress will be tested again with back-to-back home games at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Ocala Southwest Academy and 7 p.m. Wednesday against Polk State College.

Both games will be played at the Melbourne Campus gym. Admission is free.

BCC wraps up the week with a 4 p.m. Saturday game at Florida State College Jacksonville.

Southwest Academy is 2-4. A prep school, Southwest's roster includes older players and numerous International players. The team is coached by Mike Kirkland, Sr. the father of BCC forward Mike Kirkland, Jr. The younger Kirkland played at Southwest Academy last season.

BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman is pleased with his team's progress.

"I am very excited about how we have been improving so far this year," he said. "The guys have really bought into the system recently, and the results have shown on the court, with recent blowout wins over Daytona State College (87-63), Florida State College Jacksonville (78-68 after leading 63-39), and TAAG Academy (112-59).

"We are currently fourth in the entire nation in made three-pointers per game (10.4). This will be a big week for us, and will give us a great idea of where we stand, with games against Southwest, a very good Polk State squad, and a tough road game against FSC-Jacksonville."

Polk State is 6-1 with its only loss coming to Palm Beach State College, 83-66. FSC Jacksonville is 3-5.

Sophomore tri-captain Addison Spruill leads BCC in scoring with 147 points or 21 per game. Classmate and tri-captain Nyles Evans is second with 115 points or 16.4 per game. Spruill is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor and Evans 46.1.

Spruill also leads in rebounding with 51 compared to 50 rebounds for classmate and tri-captain Gary Gaskins. Freshman Ben Patrick leads in assists with 31. Evans has 28 rebounds, plus a team-high 20 steals.