The Southside Virginia Community College basketball team captured the 2015 USA National Prep Championship title with a thrilling 67-65 win over Moravian Prep on Saturday evening at the J. Bryant Floyd Center.
The win completed a 4-0 run in the national tournament to improve SVCC to 17-6 on the season.
“It was a tremendous tournament for our team,” said SVCC coach Dennis Smith. “To win a national tournament title at any level is quite an accomplishment and Coach Brown and I are extremely proud of our young men.”
Moravian entered the tourney as the defending national champions in the post-grad division, having knocked off SVCC in a thrilling 64-61 victory in last year’s semifinal round.
This year’s contest would also go down to the final buzzer.
Tied at 65 with 21 seconds left, SVCC’s Marcus Hoosier knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 12 seconds left and the Panthers’ defense made one final stand to seal the title.
Hoosier finished with 23 points and four rebounds in the championship game and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
Guard Edmund Maxwell also had a sensational title game for SVCC finishing with 20 points and eight assists to help key the second half comeback.
Moravian jumped out to a 24-16 lead in the first half but Cavan Bryant buried a trey at the 4:56 mark and Reggie Dennis added a bucket to trim the Moravian lead to 26-22 at the 1:19 mark.
Moravian took a 28-24 lead to the halftime break.
E. Maxwell scored the first four points of the second half and Hooiser followed with two straight buckets to give SVCC its first lead at 32-30 at the 14:13 mark.
A massive dunk following a steal by Hoosier at the 10:09 mark trimmed the Moravian lead to 39-38.
A bucket by Cordaro Boyd and a trey by Tevin Holloway cut the Moravian lead to 55-54 at the 4:36 mark.
A layup by Khari Jenkins tied the score at 61 with 1:46 left to play.
After getting a big defensive stop, Hoosier completed a 3-point play and Boyd hit one-of-two from the line for a 65-61 lead with 44 seconds left.
Moravian didn’t quit however and completed a 4-point play with 25 seconds left to tie the score at 65.
SVCC took a timeout and refocused and Hoosier hit the jumper to hand the local school its first national title.
Jenkins led the team with eight rebounds in the game while Boyd added seven and Bryant and Holloway finished with five apiece, respectively.