Lee hoop squads continue to roll
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In near identical results Saturday the nationally ranked Lee University basketball squads blew out visiting Brewton-Parker for a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference victories at Walker Arena.

Both Lee squads are currently 17-1 on the season, including 8-1 in SSAC play, and are ranked sixth in the latest NAIA national poll.

Thanks to a 22-0 run early in the opening half Saturday, the Flames allowed coach Tommy Brown to relax for one of the few times this season.

"I wish they were all like that," said Brown after the Fames blew past visiting Brewton-Parker College 80-38. "I enjoyed watching the game and getting the opportunity to allow our younger guys a chance to play good minutes.”

The Lady Flames also jumped out early and never looked back, posting an 82-34 victory over the Lady Barons, who slip to 7-12 on the year and 3-8 in conference play.

The Lee teams will travel to Cleveland, Ga., Tuesday for a pair of SSAC games against Truett McConnell.

Brown used all 13 players who dressed. No player saw more than 26 minutes and every Flame saw six-plus minutes of playing time. With a pair of road games coming up next week at Truett-McConnell and Southern Poly, the extra rest could benefit the regulars.

It was a 5-5 contest when the sizzling-hot Flames blew the Barons away with the 22-0 run. By halftime the margin grew to 41-14 and Brown's unit did not take its foot off the gas in the second 20 minutes.

Brown, who was disappointed with his team's defensive play in the win at Temple on Monday, said his club worked on defense in practice over the past four days. "I think it showed. We got the job done today," he noted. "Brewton-Parker is not a bad basketball team. We just got after them. We are a pretty good team when we play with that type of intensity."

Will Barnes paced the balanced Lee scoring attack with 17 points. He was 8-of-10 from the field and the Flames shot 56 percent (33-of-59) as a team. Corey Billingsley tallied 12 points. He joined Barnes with five rebounds. All totaled, the Flames won the battle of the boards, 46-23.

Steve Bennett and Jamorris Morris followed with nine points apiece. Bennett collected seven board in joining with Chad Lee to pace the Flames in that department. Chase Dunn nailed a pair of 3-pointers and totaled eight markers. Lee added seven points and Logan Ramsey came off the bench to knock down a trey and total five points. Impressively, 10 Lee players put points in the book.

The Flames held the Barons to only 25 percent shooting from the field and just 18 percent (2-of-11) from behind the arc. Jermaine Jackson was the only BPC-player in double-figure scoring. He tallied 11. Lee's defense held the Barons’ leading scorers, Paul Hagler and Darrie Stephens, to only six points.

The Flames had 18 assists compared to 15 turnovers. BPC had three assists and turned the basketball over 15 times.

LADY FLAMES 82

LADY BARONS 34

Lee outscored BPC 40-14 in the first 20 minutes of action, setting the tone for the game on both ends of the court. The second stanza was more of the same as the Lee defense allowed just six field goals en route to the 48-point victory.

"Overall I was pleased with our defensive effort today. We were a little slow moving our feet in the beginning, but for about 32 minutes we really played well on both ends of the floor," noted coach Marty Rowe. "You saw the type of aggressive defense I want our girls to play today. We also moved the ball well on the offensive end and kept the pressure on them the entire afternoon."

The defense Rowe spoke of limited Brewton-Parker to just 22 percent (12-of-54) shooting from the field and forced 24 turnovers, leading to 33 points. Lee shot 42 percent (29-of-69) from the field and converted 16-of-25 from the foul line, good for 64 percent. The Lady Flames dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Lady Barons, 58-29.

Junior Hollie German once again paced the Lee attack. She finished with a game-high 28 points, hitting 10-of-18 from the field and 5-of-10 from behind the arc. German leads the SSAC in scoring, averaging 21.1 ppg. Sophomore Jenna Adams pulled down 19 rebounds and added 10 points. Junior Myriah Illes finished with 10 points and eight boards.

The victory gave Rowe an opportunity to look at some of his younger players.

"It was also a good opportunity for our younger players to see some quality playing time and I was also pleased with their effort. We need to see them improve as we move into the heart of our schedule," Rowe said.

Freshman Melanie Barker finished with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. Another freshman, Christina Johnson, added 12 rebounds, three points and two steals for the Lady Flames.

Brewton-Parker was paced by Brianna Webb, who finished with 12 points. Crystal Nwaopara added 7 markers and four rebounds for the Georgia-based club.