Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Hits Holiday Break at 12-3 Following Victory Over TAAG Academy

December 13, 2012 - It wasn't the breather the Brevard Community College men's basketball team had expected.

After a grueling stretch of four games BCC perhaps expected less of a challenge from Tampa's TAAG Academy on Thursday in the Melbourne Campus gym. And while BCC prevailed 84-56 there was scant celebration in beating a team that is 1-11 on the season.

"I'm not very happy at the moment," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said. "Our guys didn't come to play. They were worried about Christmas break. I'm incredibly disappointed one through 12, with those 12 guys."

While finishing the 2012 portion of the schedule with a 12-3 record, easily the best start for a BCC men's team in the last 13 years, Shulman expects more of his team.

"We better take this (15-day holiday) break, get re-energized and we better come back a lot better than we are right now if we want to have any chance of winning conference and going to Hutch (Hutchinson, KS, site of NJCAA Division I national tournament)," he said.

The 12-game Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule will determine BCC's postseason fate. It begins with a Jan. 12 visit to rival Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. BCC plays Indian River, powerhouse Palm Beach State, Miami Dade and Broward College three times each to determine seedings for the Feb. 25-26 conference tournament.

That's followed by the March 6-9 NJCAA Region 8/FSCAA state tournament and the national tournament, destinations BCC has been pointing to since the beginning of practice.

But much basketball remains to be played between now and then and Shulman hopes to see more of the BCC team that routed TAAG 112-59 on Nov. 12 in Melbourne.

Freshman Jure Gunjina led the Titans with 17 points on Thursday while sophomore Luka Pajkovic chipped in with 12 and sophomores Gary Gaskins and Nyles Evans 11 and 10 respectively. Gaskins also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.