BY TREY MONGRUE
Special to The Advocate
January 26, 2013
“It’s also important that we were able to start off the conference play on the right track. At the end of the day, it is still one win — but a win that gives us a lot of confidence going forward.” Ricky wilson, BRCC men’s coach on win over Southern-Shreveport
After finishing the latter part of November and the entire month of December with a 1-8 records, nobody wanted to see 2012 end more than BRCC men’s coach Ricky Wilson.
To further prove that it is a new year, the Bears have gone 3-0 in 2013, most recently with a 66-50 win over Southern Shreveport Community College on Saturday.
“It’s always big to get a win over a team with Southern- Shreveport’s caliber,” Wilson said of BRCC’s first Miss-Lou Conference win.
“It’s also important that we were able to start off the conference play on the right track. At the end of the day, it is still one win — but a win that gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Wilson and the Bears now look to keep their 2013 mojo going as they travel to travel to take on Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 4 p.m. Thursday.
These same two teams met last week in Baton Rouge, where BRCC won convincingly, 52-33.
Freshman power forward Jeffery Walker had a particularly good game, leading the way with 17 points while pulling down eight rebounds. For the season, Walker leads BRCC with more than 15 points and nine rebounds per game.
“Jeff has been playing pretty consistent for us this season,” Wilson said. “He’s doing a good job with offensive rebounding, scoring around the basket and playing tough defense.
“He is one of the key players on our team.”
With Walker leading the charge, Wilson hopes for a similar result this time against Copiah-Lincoln, but knows his team will be met with a much tougher test on the road.
“We don’t take anybody lightly. Copiah-Lincoln is a good team, and they will be an even better team on their home court,” Wilson said. “It’s a different court and a different atmosphere and just different little things that happen on the road that can affect your team.”
However, the Bears will be without sophomore shooting guard John Isaac. He is still recovering from a strained Achilles tendon that he suffered in BRCC’s last game against Copiah-Lincoln.
“We will have to learn how to play without John for a little bit,” Wilson said. “He did a lot for us before the injury.”
Isaac, who transferred to BRCC after playing for LSU last season, averaged 12.4 points per game and was shooting 57 percent from the field before the injury.
Wilson hopes that some of his younger players — such as backup guard DeShawn Washington, who scored 11 points against Copiah-Lincoln — will continue to step up while Isaac recuperates.
“We have a motto that says, ‘team together,’” Wilson said. “As long as we stay together as a team and execute the game plan, then we have a chance to beat anybody that we play.”