BY JIMMY HARRIS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — DANVILLE — Virgil Fleming sealed the game with two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Danville Area Community College men’s basketball team a 60-56 win over Ancilla College on Wednesday at Mary Miller Gym.
D’Lando Carter and Fleming went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute, while the key to victory was the Jaguars’ defensive pressure in a second half that continued to hound the Chargers and tire them out.
“We had great defense tonight and that got us the victory,” DACC coach DaJuan Gouard said. “We like a tough non-conference schedule to get us ready for the conference.”
A technical foul on DACC’s Martin Campbell gave the visiting Chargers a 51-46 lead in the second half.
After the technical, the Jaguars increased the defensive pressure and their offense for a short time had precision passing and good looks at the basket and knocked down some shots to go on a 9-0 run to take the lead by four points.
“We didn’t play great on offense tonight, but we know how to play defense and that was key for our victory,” Carter said.
The Chargers came back to take a one-point lead, but Jalen Loving would have none of that and came up with a big rebound flush to give the Jaguars a lead at the 3 minute mark.
As the game continued to seasaw, the Jaguars continued its tough defense — forcing the Chargers into a shot clock violation with a minute left to help propel the Jaguars to victory.
A key play late was an offense rebound by Loving, who tapped the ball back out to Carter who was instantly fouled.
“I think Loving’s play was a key to the victory because it gave us a chance to shoot free throws and we connected on them to take a four-point lead,” Gouard said.
DACC (6-7) had a 28-25 halftime lead with Fleming coming off the bench to be a defensive spark to build the lead at halftime.
“Coach tells me to bring energy when I come off the bench and that’s what I try to do,” Fleming said.
On consecutive plays, Fleming got a steal that led to a dunk by Carter and the next play down Fleming got a steal and lay-up to help retake the lead.
The score was 19-18 with three minutes to go in the first half when Joseph English, came alive with two quick buckets and five points to push the DACC lead to five points.
Carter and Fleming were the only players to score in double figures for the Jaguars. Carter had a team-high 13, it’s the 10th time this season that the former Danville High standout has scored in double figures. Fleming finished with 11.
Andrenos Powell had a game-high 18 for the Chargers (3-8), while Demetrius Adams had 17 and Juwan Johnson finished with 13.
Gouard, in his first season at DACC, was one of four NCAA Division I athletes in the Mary Miller Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Former Danville High standouts Justin March (a junior linebacker at Akron) and Chuckie Robinson (a freshman catcher at Southern Mississippi) were in the stands as was current Danville High football standout Trent Sherfield, who has committed to play at Vanderbilt next season.