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The Son Gets the Best of the Father as BCC Rolls, 112-72
November 27, 2012 - Freshman Mike Kirkland's basket put Brevard Community College ahead for the first time 5 minutes and 37 seconds into Tuesday night's game against Ocala Southwest Academy and the Titans finally awoke for a runaway 112-72 victory.
The win improved BCC's men to 6-2 but the Titans will face a much stronger opponent on Wednesday when Polk State College (6-1) rolls in for a 7 p.m. game in the Melbourne Campus gym.
Admission is free.
BCC took a while to get going against the initially stubborn but eventually undermanned visitors, who fell to 2-6, on Tuesday. The Titans led only by three, 25-22, with 9:38 to play in the first half. But they soon sorted things out and closed the first act with a 30-5 run for a 55-27 halftime lead.
From there it was a rout and at game's end Kirkland admitted the Titans needed the early spark he provided. That it came against his former team that is coached by his father Mike Kirkland, Sr. was special.
"It was kind of special in its own way," Kirkland said. "I've played against him before so it's nothing really new. I enjoyed it.
"We needed a lot of energy early. I was trying to bring it off the bench for the team."
The view from the opposing bench was a bit more critical. Asked to evaluate his son's performance the father was not grading on a curve.
"I'd give him a C," Kirkland Sr. said. "I need to see him going to the basket a lot stronger. When he comes off the screen . . . I want to see him going off the screen cut a little bit stronger and faster.
"He missed foul shots. But he's working, he's looking better," he added about his 6-foot, 6-inch, 210-pound power forward offspring.
"You want to see him do good, you just don't want to see him do good against you. He's your son. You always have that spot for him. You want to see him do well."
Kirkland scored 15 points and grabbed a team-leading 22 rebounds. He was only 1-for-8 from the free throw line. Overall BCC was 16-of-32.
Sophomore Luka Pajkovic led BCC with 28 points. Sophomore tri-captain Gary Gaskins chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Fellow captain and classmate Addison Spruill had 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals.