Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Men Rolling But Challenges Await

November 29, 2012 - Riding the momentum of a five-game winning streak the Brevard Community College men's basketball team heads north to face Florida State College Jacksonville at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

BCC defeated FSC Jacksonville 78-68 at home on Nov. 14 after opening a 63-39 lead with nine minutes to play.

Head coach Jeremy Shulman doesn't expect that easy of a game this time.

"Jacksonville is a very good team," Shulman said. "They took Tallahassee to overtime, beat Miami Dade, lost on last-second shots to Palm Beach and Indian River.

"They are going to be playing at home. They are going to want some revenge. We are going to have to be really ready to play."

That holds true in a larger sense as well as BCC embarks upon a stretch of six games in 13 days including back-to-back dates on Dec. 8-9 at the Florida JUCO Shootout in Ocala and Dec. 12-13 against Hillsborough Community College and the TAAG Academy respectively at home at the Melbourne gym.

There was a method to Shulman's scheduling.

"We want to get used to playing some back-to-back games," he said. "Down the road we're going to have to play some back-to-back games whether it's in our conference tournament or if we're able to win the conference we'll definitely have to play back-to-back at the state tournament," Shulman said.

Once that run is done the men don't play again until Saturday, Jan. 5.

But that's then. This is now.

BCC is 7-2; FSC Jacksonville was 3-5 heading into Wednesday's game against the Webber International junior varsity. What's ahead will set the table for the rugged 12-game Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule that begins on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Indian River State College.

To be successful Shulman knows his team needs to be solid on both ends of the floor.

Offensively that's not an issue because the Titans are averaging 89 points a game. Defensively it is since BCC is allowing 71 points per game.

"We'll get better, we'll find ways," Shulman said. "Seventy-one is too much to give up. Defense has really hurt us in our two losses."

But overall Shulman is pleased with what his team has shown so far.

"The guys have really developed in the new system we're running this year," he said.

Sophomore tri-captains Addison Spruill, Nyles Evans and Gary Gaskins have been at the core of BCC's success averaging 20, 17 and 11.9 points per game respectively.

Freshman Mike Kirkland is the leading rebounder averaging 7.4 per game. Gaskins is averaging 6.8 and Spruill 6.6. Freshman Ben Patrick leads in assists with 4.4 per game.