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Blue Lights College solved the "slow start" problem that had plagued it throughout the first month of the season, but a flurry of second-half turnovers found the Herd on the short end of an 82-75 score at Apprentice Sunday afternoon in Newport News, Virginia. The Thoroughbreds (4-5) jumped out in front early, leading by as many as six midway through the first half and holding a 43-39 advantage at halftime. But the Builders (3-2), ranked 9th in the latest USCAA poll, turned up the defensive effort in the decisive second period, forcing 16 turnovers and converting many of them into points, outscoring BLC 43-32 to claim their second win over the Herd in the month of November. Anthony "Ant" Hill Jr. tallied a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Darian Williams contributed 14 points, and Chance Jamison added 12 in a game where all 10 Thoroughbreds who played also scored. Apprentice's Drew Walton led all scorers with 25. Tuesday's game a VUL has been postponed. Watch here and the BLC social media streams for an announcement for when it is rescheduled. The next game for BLC is next Tuesday, December 10 at Carolina Christian College in Winston-Salem....

12/2/2019

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day... So begins the iconic ode to baseball, and it could have been applied to the Blue Lights five on Tuesday night as well. The Thoroughbreds men's basketball team opened abysmally at American National, trailing by as many as 27 points in the first half, before hitting a few timely second half home runs, so to speak, to storm back and defeat the Eagles 96-83 in Newport News, Virginia. ANU (1-2) was red hot in the opening stanza. The Eagles went 20-35 for 57% from the floor, including a blazing 10-15 from beyond the arc to take a commanding 55-35 lead at the break. Meanwhile, Blue Lights (4-4) struggled, hitting just 16-37 (43%) and missed nine of its 11 shots from the bonusphere. That all changed after halftime. Both the Thoroughbred offensive and defensive efforts redoubled. The Herd roared out of the gates, exploding for 61 second half points, improving their shooting to 48%, and holding American National to just 19 shots from the field and 1-7 (14%) from long range. Devon Allicott led a balanced scoring effort that saw six Thoroughbreds in double figures. He almost had his second double-double of the season, hauling in nine rebounds. Keith Stagg of ANU led all scorers with 20. BLC is back in action after the Thanksgiving holiday traveling to Apprentice on Sunday, December 1....

11/27/2019

Blue Lights College came away with a split decision on Thursday night at Appalachian Bible College. The Lady Thoroughbreds (1-3) fell behind by 15 early in their game, then fought back to take a three point lead in the final minutes, only to fall 50-49. Madison Jordan led all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Likewise, the men's team got off to their not-unusual slow start, but pulled away in the second half to take a 106-90 victory. Kenny Anderson, Jr. had a game- and season-high of 27 points, including 7-of-11 from the arc as the Herd improved to 3-4. The next women's game is at Virginia University of Lynchburg on December 3. The men travel to Newport News, Virginia next Tuesday to face American National....

11/22/2019

Can we just play the second half? That's what Thoroughbreds fans must be asking as another slow start led to defeat as Blue Lights fell to the North Carolina JV squad 82-73 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill Wednesday night. The Dean Done inspires its own awe in visiting teams, and the cavernous dimensions may have also contributed depth-perception challenges to BLC shooters, who only connected on 33% of their field goals in the first half and just 20% from long range. Meanwhile the home-standing Tar Heels (3-1) had no trouble finding the range, hitting for almost 55% from the field and 7-for-10 from beyond the arc before intermission for a 45-25 halftime advantage. As has happened in other losses, the Thoroughbreds (2-4) regrouped in the second half. Sharper shooting, particularly by Kenny Anderson, Jr., and a tighter defensive effort allowed the Herd to claw back into the game, cutting the deficit to four with less than six minutes to play. But the deficit was just too much to overcome. Anderson led all scorers with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Anthony Hill, Jr. added 12. Jake Rutter led the Heels' balanced scoring effort with 16. The game was a lead-up to the UNC-Elon varsity contest. BLC has a short turnaround as it travels to Appalachian Bible College for a mens-womens doubleheader tonight in West Virginia....

11/21/2019

BLC President Jacques Gilbert and men's head basketball coach Mario Pharr were guests on "The Sports Shop with Reese and KMac" on The Buzz radio in Raleigh this morning. Captain Gilbert took the opportunity to share his vision for Blue Lights College and how that dream came to fruition a little more than two years ago. Coach Pharr talked about his team's uptempo style and tonight's game at UNC. The game against the UNC JV squad begins at 5:30 pm at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The North Carolina varsity squad takes on Elon beginning at 8:30 pm. ...

11/20/2019

Blue Lights College claimed its first-ever win against nearby Central Carolina Community College in men's basketball 111-99 Friday night in Sanford. The Thoroughbreds used a relentless transition offense to jump out to a 15 point lead, 45-30, with about six minutes left in the first half, but the Cougars clawed back into the game to finally reclaim a one-point lead with six seconds left in the half. BLC's Anthony Hill, Jr. raced the length of the floor to land a layup with 1.4 seconds to play to end the half back on top, 59-58. In the second half, CCCC (3-3) led by as many as eight points before the Thoroughbred transition began to take its toll in the final minutes. "I let them have it at halftime," coach Mario Pharr said after the game. "We had gotten away from our offense the last three games, and we needed to start playing our game. We did that tonight." The win was the first for BLC (2-3) against the Cougars in five tries. Hill led the Herd scoring with 20 points. Devon Allicott claimed the first double-double of the season with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Kenny Anderson, Jr. finished with 16 points and JB Ezzell-Upchurch had 12. Central's Rodney Alston led all scorers with 21. Blue Lights' next game is Wednesday against the North Carolina JV squad at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Game time is 5:30 pm. ...

11/16/2019

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