Vanguards outmanned by No. 7 Sandhills

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 08:59 PM

Vance-Granville was competitive in spurts Saturday against Sandhills Community College, but the Vanguards couldn’t match the Flyers’ skill, size or depth.

Vance-Granville (2-10) trailed only 41-38 early in the second half before Isaac Lyerly caught fire for Sandhills, knocking down three 3-pointers in less than three minutes. The Flyers pulled away for a 97-61 win.

Inability to put together a complete game continued to be a theme for the Vanguards.

“For 25 minutes, we were right there in the basketball game against a good team,” said VGCC coach Mike Rotolo. “It’s something I think we just have to keep on building on.”

Sandhills (14-3) is ranked No. 7 in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division III poll.

The Pinehurst squad was led by T.J. Gill and Tevin Graham, who both netted 13.

Shawn Brown led Vance-Granville with 21 points, Justin Martin had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Coles finished with 10 points.

Sandhills led by as many as 13 in the first half, but a Brown layup before halftime had the lead down to 36-28.

Aaron Johnson, a South Granville product, scored inside for the Vanguards to trim the lead to three with 16:44 on the clock.

Vance-Granville missed 18 free throws on the game.

“I think they played pretty hard in the first half,” said Rotolo. “I think we were focused. We came out and we executed on both ends of the floor. Once things start going bad for us, we just crumble.”

The Vanguards host Shooting for Greatness Academy Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Aycock Rec Center.

 

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