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Eagles Play This Weekend In Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic

Sami El-Rafey works inside vs. Apprentice.

BRIDGEWATER – The Bridgewater College men's basketball team will close out its pre-Christmas schedule this weekend when they travel to play two games in the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic.

Saturday, the Eagles will play Johnson & Wales and on Sunday the team will square off against Buffalo State.

Johnson & Wales is 4-2 on the season and brings a four-game winning streak into the HS-C Classic. One of the losses came in the season opener when the Wildcats dropped an 86-79 overtime decision on the road against ODAC foe Virginia Wesleyan

Johnson & Wales starts five players all standing in the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5 range, The Wildcats are led in scoring by their three guards who all average in double figures. Brian Hogan-Gray tops the Wildcats in scoring with a 19.3 average followed by Jarell Lawson at 16.8 points per game and Matt Madoian with a 10.7 scoring average.

Buffalo State, Bridgewater's Sunday opponent, is 4-4 on the season, but enters the tournament with a three-game losing streak.

The Bengals are led by 6-5 senior swing player Mike Henry who leads the team in scoring with an 18.4 average and rebounding with a 9.1 average.  Freshman guard Sheldon Adams averages 14.5 points per game. The Bengals also feature a big man in the middle in 6-8, 265 pound center Sir.Quintin Campbell who averages 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.

Bridgewater heads into the tournament with a 4-4 record following wins over Keystone College and Apprentice at the Don Glick Classic.

The Eagles are paced by their three-guard lineup with senior AJ Horde leading the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game. A pair of rookie guards – Dimetri Chambers and Josh Cammon - are also averaging in double figures. Chambers is scoring 14.6 points per contest while Cammon is scoring at a 12.4 clip per game. Junior forward Zac Breathwaite contributes 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Bridgewater also features a deep bench as head coach Shawn Postiglione routinely plays 10 or more players per game.

Davrion Grier, Sami El-Rafey and Ken Stanciel have provided solid minutes off the bench to aid the inside game. All three are averaging 6-plus points while Grier and El-Rafey each provide 5-plus rebounds per game.

Following the Christmas holiday break, the Eagles will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule when they host Ferrum College on Dec. 30.