Braves Move Up to No. 7 in Division II Media Poll


The team reacts to a call made no the court in the game against the Barton Bulldogs that left the Brave victorious. PN Photo/Mahala Treish

By: Andrew Thrift, Copy Chief

Over the winter break, the Braves won all nine games, home and away, leaving them with a 13-1 record overall in Conference Carolinas. The Braves on a 12-game win streak after losing a game against Emmanuel College in late November. They are now No. 7 in the Mens Basketball Division II Media Poll.

Converse vs. Pembroke Dec. 15

On their first game of the break, the Braves went up against the Converse University Valkyries at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court. The Braves beat the Valkyries 78-64 with 25 points off of 18 turnovers. Spencer Levi notched a double-double for the fifth time in the last six outings, this time chipping in 15 points as well as pulling down 15 rebounds, including 11 offensive.

Belmont Abbey vs. Pembroke Dec. 18

Three days later, the Braves traveled to Belmont, NC and defeated the Belmont Abbey Crusaders 71-62. The Braves scored 22 points off of 16 turnovers. Crusaders have had five losses in their last six contests.

Chowan vs. Pembroke Jan. 4

The Braves took on the Chowan Hawks at home and beat them 99-79. The Braves scored 31 points off of 16 turnovers and converted 17 offensive rebounds into 27 second-chance points. Senior Spencer Levi scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half.

Francis Marion vs. Pembroke Jan. 6

The Patriots tried their luck against the Braves, but fell short giving the Braves their seventh consecutive win 84-71. The Braves used a season-high 12 3-pointers to power past Francis Marion at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court. Deon Berrien chipped in a dozen points and seven rebounds and fellow senior Spencer Levi finished his night with 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Southern Wesleyan vs. Pembroke Jan. 8

The Southern Wesleyan Warriors tried to take down the Braves huge win streak, but just like the rest, failed to do so. Braves defeat Warriors fell 90-86. The result of the game helped the Braves push their winning streak out to eight games. It also helped the Braves improve to 5-1 away from Pembroke this season as well.

Barton vs. Pembroke Jan. 13

The Braves took on the Barton Bulldogs at home hoping to continue their win streak, and to no one’s surprise, beat them 97-90. The Braves scored 20 points off of 15 turnovers and converted 20 offensive rebounds into 25 second-chance points.

Mount Olive vs. Pembroke Jan. 17

The Mount Olive Trojans tried their luck against the Braves in the hopes to topple them down, but the Braves beat the Trojans 95-66. The Braves matched a season-high by converting on a dozen 3-pointers and used a 20-4 run in the second half to cruise to a 95-66 victory at Mount Olive.

Converse vs. Pembroke Jan. 21

The Valkyries took on the Braves on the Valkyries home court, but succumbed to the Braves killer win streak. Braves took home a victory 95-55. the Braves logged 52 points in the paint and converted 18 offensive rebounds into 19 second-chance point on the way to a 95-55 rout of Converse.

North Greenville vs. Pembroke Jan. 22

The Braves took on the North Greenville Crusaders on the Crusaders home court to beat them 92-61. The Braves matched a pair of historic win streaks with a 92-61 triumph over North Greenville. Redshirt junior Jordan Ratliffe and redshirt freshman Nate Dunlop both tallied a team-best 14 points.

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