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BC Takes 2nd Place in Pepsi-Sodexho Tourney

Improving vastly over last year's performance at the Pepsi-Sodexho Basketball Tournament, the Mountaineers still fell short in the championship game.

Donnie Hunley, Adam Kirby and Melvin Brown accept the consolation trophy on behalf of their team

On Friday, Nov. 17, the Mountaineers faced off against the Crown College Crusaders. Though both teams were almost equal in size--a rarity for the smaller Mountaineers--both team were equally aggressive in the first half. Shooting 46% from three-point range in the first half, Berea led 51-37 at halftime. After their break, the Mounties took off in the second half and pulled further away from their opponents. A large crowd and the always popular "hecklers" cheered the team on to their hundredth point with 3:45 left on the clock. A slew of three-pointers in the final few minutes of the game solidified the Mountaineers' victory, 115-65.

On Saturday, day two of the Pepsi-Sodexho Tournament, Berea College hosted played Centre College in the championship game. Berea led by five at the half (41-36) while shooting 53% against the much bigger Centre squad. The Mountaineers lost their steam during the second half, trailing Centre nearly the entire time. The Mounties only shot 27% from the three-point arc, and made 39% of their total field goals this time around--a stark contrast from Friday's game. "We played very well Friday night. I felt we played a fairly good game Saturday with the exception of the last 5 minutes," said Coach John Mills. The Mountaineers fell to the Colonels, 66-82, though they did take home the second place trophy.

"The loss hit the team pretty hard," said Mills. "I can tell you with the greatest confidence, we will fight back. There is no quit in this group."

The Mountaineers, who are now 3-2 this season, begin a difficult 11 away-game stretch, beginning with Milligan College on Nov. 20 and ending with Bryan College on Jan. 2. Stay tuned to BCnow for more details on the men's basketball season.

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