Brevard, N.C. - Led by the 2010-2011 South Atlantic Conference’s leading scorer, Josh Roper, and the SAC’s leading rebounder in Josh Jordan, the #6 seed Tornados prepare to make the trip to Wingate, N.C., tomorrow evening to open up play in the 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament against #3 seed Wingate University.
The game will feature two teams very familiar with each other as Brevard and Wingate not only faced each other in the first round of the Food Lion SAC Tournament last season, but the teams also met this past Saturday in Boshamer Gymnasium with Brevard falling to the Bulldogs, 87-77. The loss to Wingate was Brevard’s second on the season as the Bulldogs were able to complete the regular season sweep of the Tornados, having defeated Brevard 65-49 on January 22nd in Cuddy Arena.
Brevard enters tomorrow’s contest having fallen in their past two games after a four game losing streak dating back to February 14th against Young Harris. The Tornados are led on the season by a pair of seniors as Roper and Jordan led the team and the South Atlantic Conference in several statistical categories on the season. Roper was the SAC’s leading scorer, averaging 21.2 points per game and led the SAC with 64 steals on the season, while Jordan averaged 8.9 rebounds per game, narrowly beating out LMU’s Desmond Johnson for the rebounding crown, as well as averaging 10.1 points per game.
Gaither Hendrix joins the duo with 14.8 points per game and hit the century mark with 100 assist on the season in finishing in the top ten in the conference in assists, assist/turnover ratio and three-pointers made to provide Coach Michael Jones with another scoring option on the floor, while Drew Schauss, Vincent Dombrowski, Darius Moose, Jermichael Tanner, Donald Hudson, Ryson Felder and D.J. Jordan will all look to provide quality minutes for the Tornados as the team looks to make it back to Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory, N.C. for the second consecutive year for the semifinals and finals of the 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament.
Odell Turner leads the young Bulldogs team, finishing the season in the SAC’s top 15 in scoring (ninth), rebounding (fourth), FG pct. (10th), steals (14th) and blocks (fourth). Wingate also completed the final stretch of the regular season on a hot streak, winning seven of their final eight contests to finish in a tie for second overall in the conference. Heading into tomorrow’s game, Wingate will look to provide another balanced effort and look for another solid game by Turner as the Bulldogs look to avenge last year’s 88-79 tournament defeat.
Admission for the quarterfinal contest is $6 for adults, $3 for children, students and visiting college students with identification.
Tickets for semi-final and championship rounds are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and college students with ID. Fans showing the Food Lion MVP card can save $1 off the price of an adult ticket for the quarterfinals ($5 with Food Lion MVP card) and the semifinals and championship ($9 with Food Lion MVP card). The tournament winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.