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Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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Five Crucial Games Await BCC's Men's Basketball Team

February 5, 2013 - Five regular-season games remain for Brevard Community College's men's basketball team and every possession, every shot and every rebound in every one of them will be crucial.

Such is life in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference especially when BCC is locked in a fight for first place and an automatic bid to the state tournament with Palm Beach State College.

BCC is 20-5 overall, 13-0 at home and 6-1 in the conference. Palm Beach, which visits the Melbourne Campus gym for a 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 showdown, is 24-1 overall and also 6-1 in the conference.

BCC and Palm Beach split their first two games, each winning at home, BCC 73-66 and Palm Beach 72-70 in the final second.

But before BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman can concern himself with Palm Beach State his team faces road games at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Broward College in Davie and 2 p.m. Saturday at Indian River State in Fort Pierce.

BCC escaped with a 70-68 home court victory over gritty Broward on Jan. 26 and has beaten Indian River twice, 78-66 in Fort Pierce and 69-52 at home. The Broward game was as close as the score indicated and the two Indian River games were much-more closely contested than the final scores showed.

So while BCC has positive results to draw upon Shulman is painfully aware of what is at stake should BCC not finish first and have to fight its way through the conference tournament to qualify for the state tournament.

It's tough enough having to play each conference foe three times. Having to play at least one a fourth time is not at all appealing.

Thus it's up to BCC to take care of the business at hand right now.

"Playing in not only the second-best conference in the state, but one of the toughest conferences in the entire nation, means that you can never take a night off," Shulman said.

"We have learned that through our first seven conference games, and we know we cannot look ahead to the Palm Beach game. Broward and Indian River are both outstanding teams, and we will have to be focused and thoroughly prepared going into both games, especially on the road in hostile environments.

"We have a chance to do something that has not been done here in a long, long time - win an outright conference championship - but we know in order to achieve such a lofty goal, we must take each game one at a time; thus our focus is squarely on a 7 p.m. showdown Wednesday night against a very talented and well-coached Broward squad."

BCC ends the regular season with a 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 game against Miami Dade College in Kendall and a 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Sophomore Night game against Broward. And despite the fact that BCC has won 20 games for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1998-2000 Shulman hopes his team approaches the final two games with the same fervor it has for all the others.

"There are no guarantees," Shulman said. "We have to compete on every play in every remaining game."