Story written by: Dwayne Dyke, Jr. Freshman Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism Major
Augusta, GA- The” Lion’s Den” was packed with 1,000 plus fans, for this NCAA Division II inner city showdown. The Paine College Lions who entered the contest with 1-2 overall record hosted the (4-0) Jaguars of Augusta State University, December 2, 2010 in Carter Gymnasium.
In their home opener, the Lions showed glimpses of greatness. They showed that they can play up-tempo, pedal to the metal controlled basketball, and they also showed they are a very young team with a tremendous upside.
After an emotional start, senior guard Thomas Broughton came out firing on all cylinders, scoring the Lions first five points and finishing the contest with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
The Lions were standing toe to toe with the undefeated Jaguars, and this sea-saw battle went back and forth throughout the first half. The change of pace came late in the first half when Paine’s Geno Green came down with his second foul of the game. With no true inside presence ASU started focusing on going into the paint more with their offense. Having three 6’7 players and a 6’10 center doesn't hurt either. ASU shot 80% from the free throw line and went to the charity stripe 14 times in the second half. The Lions went 13-18 and shot 72.2% from the line.
When you can effectively penetrate an opponent’s defense good things happen. The Lions showed this in the second half but had to overcome a nine point halftime deficit .They just couldn't heat up their shooting, and shot a chilling 40% from the field. With the Jags sixth man spark off the bench Caleb Brown, the game began to get out of reach quick .He lead the way with 11 points and just 2 rebounds shy of a double- double.
Although the Lions led the category of blocks with five to one, the Jags out rebounded the Lions 40 to 31.
These Lions are very exciting and energetic this season, and the season has just started. Fans should expect to see the maturing and evolution of a young team. With the 39-59 loss, the Lions fall to 1-3 overall record and (1-2) in SIAC.
The Lions are off until December 17, 2010 as they travel to Memphis, TN to face LeMoyne-Owen Magicians, and they return home in the New Year to host Clark Atlanta University January 1, 2011, with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 PM.
Edited by: Kimberly May