DBU Patriots Open Thanksgiving Classic With Win

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The Dallas Baptist Patriot Basketball Team gave up only 19 first-half points on their way to a 71-61 win over Texas A&M-Commerce to open the 2011 Patriot Thanksgiving Classic. Nick Fox led all scorers with 21 points and Jordan McGowen and TJ Clark chipped in 15 and 14, respectively.

In the opening twenty minutes, the Patriots limited the Lions to only 24% shooting (6-25) from the field and 3 of 13 (23%) from three-point range. “I thought we had a great team effort tonight,” said Head Coach Blake Flickner, “especially in the first half. We limited the touches of Brad Hambrick and Desmond King, two special players for Commerce, and that allowed us to get a lead into the half.”

DBU did indeed take a 32-19 lead into the half, a lead they would need every bit of as they saw the Lions storm back in the second half with a 13-2 run over a three minute span to cut the Patriot cushion to two with thirteen minutes to play. But the Lions would get no closer as DBU had a 12-4 run of their own to answer and regained a 10 point differential with just under eight minutes left to go in the game.

“Our defense was big and so was our rebounding,” said Flickner. “We didn’t give them many second chance opportunities as we did a good job on the defensive side of the glass.” On the night, the Patriots and Lions both gathered 25 rebounds, with DBU being led by Fox and his ten for a second straight double-double night. No other Patriot had more than three rebounds – but DBU only allowed nine Commerce offensive rebounds as the Patritos collected 20 defensive rebounds in the game.

“Once again,” said Flickner, ” we were unselfish on the offensive end. Of our 25 baskets, 17 of them had an assist. I love that stat because it means we are playing a team game.” Ryan Marsh led the way in assists with four, most in the game on either side.

The Patriots will turn around and play again Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma State, a team they dropped a game to last week. Their game begins at 2:00 pm in the Burg Center with Texas A&M-Commerce and Arkansas-Fort Smith following thirty minutes after the conclusion of the Patriot-Bulldog contest.