The Titans men’s basketball team played a heated home game against the Hillsborough Hawks and won because of the team’s accuracy. The event took place in the Gibbs Campus Gymnasium located in St. Petersburg on Saturday February 13th 2016. The SPC Titans held the lead throughout and ended up taking the victory at the end of the game.
The starters for the St. Petersburg Titans consisted of #1 Tristan Owens, #5 Dondre Duffus, #20 Shaqueille Spieghts, #34 Dyllon-Hudson Emory, and #42 Deon Patterson. The starters for the Hillsborough Hawks were #2 Chauncey Day, #3 Larry Curry, #4 Cedrick Powell, #15 Malcolm Johnson, and #25 Adonis Welch.
The tip off of the first quarter began with the SPC Titans, who soon scored the first 3 point shot, followed by the Hawks with a 2 point score. Dondre Duffus, #5 for the Titans, was a strong team player, closing in 2-12 field goals by the end of the game, and a solid defensive rebound count of 3. First few fouls were given to the Titans, a few instances being labelled as personal fouls. It was impressive when the player #23 from the Hawks missed a shot for the basket, and teammate #14 came in for the assist and rebounded it for the score. Titans took the win for the first quarter with a score of 44-35.
The second half heated up, and both teams had fouls flying onto the board left and right as both raced for the victory. The Hillsborough Hawks blocked strong players from the Titans, forming a wall and chest passing between players to distract the other team. #2 Chauncey Day made field goals at a rate of 2-12 and 4 rebounds, one of the most from the players for the Hawks. Both Titans and Hawks benefitted from free throws awarded by the fouls, as the foul rate was 10-10 for both teams, not impressing either of their coaches. Titans player #22 attempted a hook shot, missed, and the ball was recovered by a Hawks player who soon lost control of the ball. The game ended in another win for the SPC Titans coming in at 84-69.