Men's Basketball

 

Eagles Host Annual Don Glick Classic This Weekend

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College Eagles will host the 26th Annual BC/Don Glick Men's Basketball Classic this weekend at Nininger Hall. Eastern Mennonite, Wesley and Maryland Bible will join the Eagles for this year's two-day event.

Friday evening, action tips off at 6:00 p.m. with EMU playing Wesley. The Bridgewater vs. Maryland Bible game will follow. On Saturday afternoon, EMU plays Maryland Bible at 2:00 p.m. with the Bridgewater-Wesley contest to follow.

The Eagles are off to a solid 5-2 start, including a convincing 87-63 non-conference victory over Averett in their most recent game.

Ronnie Thomas and Ed Reddick are leading the Eagles with solid play at both ends of the court.

In his past three games, Thomas is averaging 20.6 points per game. He has scored 62 points while taking just 33 shots from the floor. Thomas has been to the foul line 26 times in the past three games and has made 21.

Reddick continues to be one of the Eagles most consistent performers. Over the past five games, the sophomore forward is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Wesley College enters the tournament with a 5-4 overall record with three of the losses coming to teams receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25. The Wolverines lost to No. 20 Christopher Newport 81-79 in four overtimes. They also lost to Hampden-Sydney, 83-79, and Birmingham-Southern 65-57. Both of those teams received votes in this week's poll.

This is the second trip to the Glick Classic for Wesley as they also competed in 2009. The Wolverines lost to EMU, but defeated Bridgewater 78-66, in the 2009 Classic.

Only two players are left from that team, but they are two of the Wolverines most productive players. Paul Reynolds, a 6-5, 245 pound forward and David Langan, a 6-8, 260 pound center, give Wesley plenty of bulk and talent inside. Reynolds leads the team in scoring with a 17.7 average and is second on the team in rebounding with 7.0 boards per game. Langan pitches in with 9.6 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Wolverines also have plenty of firepower in the backcourt. Jacquard Hagan, a 6-foot junior, is second on the team in scoring with a 12.2 average while 6-4 sophomore swing player Quincy Pettiford averages 9.6 points per game.

Wesley holds a +5 margin on the boards over its opponents. The Wolverines shoot 43 percent from the field, but they are allowing opponents to shoot 46 percent. The Wolverines are forcing 18 turnovers per game, but they also turn the ball over 18 times per game at the offensive end.

Maryland Bible enters the contest with a 4-7 overall record. Maryland Bible is small and inexperienced. The team's tallest players are Charlie Bowman and Jahmar Graves, both 6-4 forwards. Six of the nine players on the roster are freshmen.

Maryland Bible has a balanced attack with Bowman, Brandon Johnson, Todd Johnson, Quinton Harris and Davon Gardner each capable of scoring in double figures.

Eastern Mennonite will not play the Eagles this weekend, but BC fans will still get the chance to check out the local rival.

The Royals are off to a 6-2 start this season. Senior forward Andrew Thorne leads the team with 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Junior wing player R.J. Sims averages 13.4 points per game for the Royals while junior point guard Dajon Daniel contributes 11.4 points per contest.

Fans are reminded that they can receive free admission each day if they bring a canned food item to the contest. All proceeds from the Glick Classic go to benefit the Bridgewater Inter-Church Food Pantry.