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Stalwart Palm Beach State Teams Loom for BCC's Men, Women
January 15, 2013 - Brevard Community College's women's and men's basketball teams play host to two potent Palm Beach State College teams this week on the Melbourne Campus.
Palm Beach's women, 11-5 overall and 3-0 and tied for first place in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, come calling at 5:30 p.m. today. BCC's women are 2-16 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday one of the season's marquee match-ups is set as Palm Beach's men, 19-0 overall, 1-0 in the conference and ranked third nationally in last week's NJCAA Division I poll, meet BCC's men.
BCC's men are 15-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
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BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman and his team are naturally excited and looking forward to playing Palm Beach.
And while he's not ready to call the game the most important in his three-year tenure at BCC Shulman appreciates the challenge Palm Beach presents.
"They're really good," Shulman said. "They're an absolutely great rebounding team. They're tall, they're long, they're athletic. They are averaging almost 50 (49.1) rebounds a game as a team ranking them 18th nationally.
"That will be the No. 1 challenge. They're also very good defensively. They're good offensively. What they do so well is they offense rebound."
To that end it will fall to BCC to be solid on both ends of the floor to counter Palm Beach's prowess.
Offensively sophomore co-captains Addison Spruill and Nyles Evans are leading BCC in scoring averaging 16.5 and 16.4 points per game respectively. Freshman Jue Gunjina leads in rebounding averaging 7.8 per game. BCC is averaging 87.1 points per game.
Palm Beach is averaging 85.3 points per game. Jonathan Holton, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Miami, is leading Palm Beach in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. He also is pulling down a team-leading average of 12.4 rebounds.
As for BCC's women, head coach Renee Bellamy continues to search for the right combination to lift the Lady Titans out of a 13-game losing streak.
Sophomore Shaneece Stephens is leading BCC in scoring averaging 16.8 points per game. She is the only Lady Titan in double figures.
Freshman center Alana Arias leads Palm Beach in scoring averaging 11.6 points per game. Palm Beach is averaging 65.4 points per game to 56.1 for BCC.
The Lady Titans were hurt in their 67-44 loss to Indian River State on Saturday by going nearly seven minutes in the second half without a basket. To that end Bellamy is stressing offense while simultaneously reminding her team it must focus on defense, especially if it struggles offensively.