Blue Lights College Athletics


Thoroughbreds Rally Falls Short


Blue Lights College found itself in a big hole midway through the second half, and it was too much to overcome as the Thoroughbreds dropped their second game of the season 92-80 at Central Carolina Community College on Wednesday night. As has become their habit, the Herd (1-2) jumped out to the early lead, scoring the first points of the game and running out to a 18-12 advantage. But then the Cougars, playing their first game of the season versus BLC’s third, shook off the cobwebs and roared ahead, taking the lead at 22-21 with seven minutes left in the half and never looked back. CCCC outscored the Thoroughbreds 19-8 to claim a 35-26 halftime advantage. Central Carolina continued to gain momentum after the break, opening the half with a 15-2 run and eventually leading by as many as 30 points before BLC snapped back. Trailing 74-44 with nine minutes to play, the Herd’s Jorge Garcia scored eight unanswered points, then Dominique Hunter drove the lane for a lay in to trim the lead to 20 with 6:30 to go. Garcia and Hunter continued to lead the rally, chipping away at the Cougars’ advantage by going straight to the basket and using quickness that the Cougars seemingly could not match. A Will Oliver steal in the paint and subsequent layup pulled the Thoroughbreds to 87-77 with one minute to play, but that is as close as BLC would get. Hunter led BLC with 28 points with Garcia adding 21. Korey Harris chipped in 12. CCCC’s Trey North led all scorers with 30. The Thoroughbreds now head south to compete in the Eagle Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, facing Florida National on Friday and host Trinity Baptist on Saturday.