Tallahassee Community College’s men’s basketball team officially opened preseason practice on last Saturday by hosting the annual Southeastern Jamboree at the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
The Eagles, under the direction of second-year head coach Mark White, will open the 2016-17 season exactly one month later on Tuesday, November 1.
Saturday jamboree featured 18 of the top NJCAA men’s basketball teams in the Southeast, all of whom will play in front of coaches representing a who’s who of four-year schools nationwide. Each of the 18 teams played three games, consisting of two 23-minute halves with a running clock.
Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College head men’s basketball coach Mark White has announced his 2016 signing class.
White, who is entering his second season as the Eagles’ head coach, signed 12 players who will join rising sophomore returnees Deion Bute (C/6’8”/Phillipsburg, St. Maarten) and David Simmons (G/6’3”/Henderson, Ky.)
The class features nine guards and three forwards and and the players are from six different states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and North Carolina,) as well as Canada.
“This is a great bunch of kids,” said White. “They are a very skilled group and have a lot of versatility. They are very coachable.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Valdosta high school graduate Rashad Lewis signed with USC Aiken after he finished up a stellar high school career. Lewis averaged 19 points a game in his senior season at Valdosta, in which he was the Region Player of the Year.
Lewis transferred to Tallahassee Community College after he averaged six points in his 27 appearances at USC Aiken. Playing under TCC head coach Mark White, Lewis said he learned how to be a leader.
“Last year (at USC Aiken) I wasn’t much of a leader. I was the young guy coming in playing with juniors and seniors, but at TCC, I decided I was going to be a leader. I wanted to lead by example. I was going to be the first one to practice and stay late to put up extra shots after practice.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee (18-9, 7-2) rolled over the Pensacola State Pirates (10-12, 2-6) on Saturday night 64-51. TCC has now won three consecutive games, taking over first place in the Panhandle Conference and maintaining an 11-win streak at home.
Last time they played Tallahassee, Pensacola State won on a buzzer beater delivered by Hassani Gravett. Gravett was injured Saturday night and missed the matchup. However, unlike last time, this game was never in question, as Tallahassee got off to a 9-0 run and didn’t look back.
“The way the game played out last time was definitely on our minds,” forward Stavian Allen said. “I think we had a little extra edge coming out here this time.”
The Eagles went on another run at the 12-minute mark. Guard Rashad Lewis kicked off the 15-0 run with a three from deep in the corner. The run ended after a media timeout with Tallahassee leading 29-8. The Eagles were up 36-18 at the break.
“We just want to keep playing our game. We want to win every possession until the end of the game. That’s how we remain determined and focused on finishing games strong,” commented Lewis.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee continues to roll as they sweep Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in a doubleheader to move to 7-0 on the season. The Eagles won game one 6-1, and game two 8-6.
Game one went smoothly for the Eagles. Freshman Brooks Buckler got the nod on the mound and picked up his second win of the season. Featherstone had the big bat driving in 4 RBIs, going 3-3 at the plate, with all three hits finding gaps for standup doubles.
Tallahassee, Fla. (framchisesportsonline.net) – The Eagles (13-7, 2-0) trailed at the half 42-50 Wednesday evening, but outscored the Commodores 53-31 in the second half to extend their winning streak to six games.
This win also pushes the Eagles to 2-0 in the conference which is the first time since 2010, which featured a team full of D1 and NBA talent.
“When you go on the road and get a win, it’s like winning two games at once,” said Tallahassee Community College head coach White. To go on the road and get a win is huge for us.”
A big second half push helped Tallahassee past Gulf Coast 95-81 in Panama City.
The Eagles came out on a 10-0 run in the second half to take the lead, controlling the game from then on. Tallahassee had five guys finish with at least 12 points.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Daishon Smith scored 27 points to lead Tallahassee Community College to an 84-76 win over Shelton State Community College in the first day of action in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.
It was a game that was close until the end with the Eagles holding only a four-point lead with 1:46 remaining.
After going 4-6 on a 10-game road stretch, the Eagles returned home to face the Gordon State Highlanders (3-9) in a Tuesday afternoon matchup. Never trailing, the Eagles (9-7) won 111-58, with five players finishing with double figures.
Every player on the court for the Eagles scored, a new trend for the team. Wichita State signee Daishon Smith led the pack with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Guard Rashad Lewis added 22 points, seven assist, and two steals.