PCA throws defeat back at Deer Creek|[1/24/06]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Porters Chapel brought out some throwback uniforms and threw Deer Creek for a loop.

Playing in old uniforms from the mid-1990s, PCA went on a 20-0 run in the first quarter to open a big lead it never relinquished, and cruised to a 55-31 win on Monday.

Hayden Hales scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the first period, and Jermaine O’Connor added 12 points for the Eagles (14-7). Parker Brocato led Deer Creek (1-14) with nine points.

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&#8220It was great to be able to let all the seniors play tonight and not worry about it,” said PCA coach Jim DeLaughter, who usually has three underclassmen in the starting lineup. &#8220Just let them play and have fun, and enjoy the game that they’ve been playing for four years and that they love.”

The PCA basketball teams were cleaning out some storage space over the weekend, and unearthed the old blue and yellow uniforms in a box under the bleachers. Monday night was senior night, and seemed like the perfect time to wear them. Both the boys and girls teams wore the &#8220throwback” uniforms. The Lady Eagles sported an all-black ensemble from about five years ago.

&#8220This is actually the uniform I wore in my seventh grade year. It’s a little tighter than normal,” laughed PCA senior Tim Warren, who saw extended playing time for the first time this season and finished with two points and four assists.

PCA’s seniors got the start for their final regular-season home game. The way it went, they never had to leave.

Hales hit two 3-pointers, stole an inbounds pass and converted it to a layup at the first period buzzer, and helped the Eagles get their cushion. After Deer Creek scored the first basket of the game, it never led again.

That allowed PCA’s backups to get the bulk of the playing time, and they decided to have some fun. PCA jacked up 18 3-pointers in the game – going just 2-for-15 until hitting three in the last two minutes – and put up a number of wild shots in the lane. Despite all that, Deer Creek never got closer than 10 points.

&#8220We weren’t horsing around. We’ve got to win the game,” Warren said. &#8220We were serious enough to win the game, but not serious enough to stick to the very strict basics.”

(G) Deer Creek 47, PCA 25.

Porters Chapel hit only one shot from the field in the first half, and went an abysmal 6-for-31 in the game, in suffering a 22-point loss to Deer Creek.

PCA went seven minutes without hitting a shot at the start of the game, until Katie Ross hit a jumper with a minute to play in the first quarter. The Lady Eagles stayed in the game by going 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the first half, but Deer Creek (13-13) steadily pulled away in the second.

&#8220I don’t know what it is. We had a shootaround on Sunday. It wasn’t mandatory, but we had a good little turnout,” said PCA coach E.J. Creel, whose team also shot around 20 percent in a loss to Rebul on Friday. &#8220It’s not that we don’t have good outside shooters. We’ve got some that can hit when they’re open. But we have got to work the ball inside.”

Britney Winterstein led Deer Creek with 30 points and nine rebounds. Ross scored eight points to lead PCA (6-14), which will host Campus Prep tonight at 6.