WINTERVILLE—Coming off a loss to Catawba Valley Community College on Monday, Pitt Community College stands at 5-6 overall 11 games into what has been an up-and-down 2016-17 season thus far.
At 2-5 in the Region X Conference, Coach Darrick Mullins' Bulldogs now enter a key weekend, starting with tonight's home contest at 7 p.m. against Patrick Henry Community College.
All told, PCC will play three games in three days – all in the Charles Coburn Center – for a chance to even its conference record. Following tonight's game, the Bulldogs welcome Guilford Tech to Winterville for a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday and Catawba Valley for a Sunday matchup, also at 3 p.m.
After going 5-5 before breaking for the Christmas holiday, nearly a month passed before Pitt returned to the hardwood earlier this week. When they did, the Bulldogs met a determined Red Hawks club that ably defended its home court for a 90-77 win that dropped PCC to 1-3 this season on the road.
For the Bulldogs to get back into the win column, they'll look to three players averaging in double figures scoring to lead the way offensively. In 11 games played, including 10 starts, freshman guard Deonte Jones is tallying 18.2 points per game, while sophomores Jaiquan Manning and Chris Smith average 12.7 and 12 points per contest, respectively.
As a team, PCC is scoring an average of 80.3 points per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. The Bulldogs knock down 35 percent of their 3-pointers and 66.7 percent of their free throws.
Forward Antonio Freeman is leading Pitt on the boards. The freshman has started all 11 games and is grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game.