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VGCC Vanguards win two, lose two in December

Heading into a lengthy holiday break, the Vance-Granville Community College men’s basketball team has a record of 4-7 thus far in VGCC’s second season as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Vanguards have a 3-3 record in their conference (Region 10, Division II).

On Dec. 2, VGCC played Wake Technical Community College for the first time. The Eagles, playing their first basketball season, have the potential to create a new rivalry with the Vanguards. Wake Tech is not only close to VGCC geographically but also plays in the same conference. Wake Tech came into the game at VGCC with only two regular-season losses. With 1.7 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 98, VGCC’s Trentin Cozart made the game-winning two- point shot to seal a 100-98 VGCC victory. Cozart led the team with 25 points and 8 assists, but VGCC demonstrated a balanced offense, with a total of six players scoring in double figures.

The result was similar on Dec. 5, when VGCC traveled to play another conference opponent, Lenoir CC. The Vanguards came away with a 77-71 win. Again, balanced scoring was the name of the game, with Cozart’s 17 points and 5 assists leading four other VGCC players in double figures.

The Jaguars of Johnston CC visited VGCC on Dec. 9. The two teams had faced off once before this season, a 100-87 win for the Vanguards. But this time, it was Johnston CC that came out victorious, edging out VGCC by a score of 76-72. With 25 points, Cozart again led the Vanguards in scoring.

The Vanguards closed out the month of December with another home game, when the Pitt CC Bulldogs visited Henderson on Dec. 12. Pitt CC won the conference match-up 91-84. VGCC’s Raymond Dunn scored a game-high 28 points and also contributed 16 rebounds.

After the break, VGCC’s first home opponent will be Lenoir CC on Jan. 6, 2010 at 7 p.m. Catawba Valley CC visits VGCC on Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. The Vanguards host Patrick Henry CC on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. All home games, which are free and open to the public, will be played at Aycock Recreation Complex in Henderson. For more information, visit VGCC’s athletics web site .