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Freeman scores 39 to fuel Indians comeback win

Salkehatchie honored their sophomores during “Gold Rush” this past Friday. Photo courtesy of Trent Kinard, SID at USC Salkehatchie.

The USC Salkehatchie Indians, in their best shooting night of the season, defeated Denmark Tech, 97-86, on the road Monday, February 15. John Jenkins, 6-foot-3 sophomore from Summerville, was the leader for the Indians, putting 24 points on the boards and collecting eight rebounds.
Also scoring for the Indians: Raheem Freeman with 18 points and six rebounds, Dedrick Turner scored 17 points, Nolen Gerald put up 12 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists, while Denzel Wilson scored 12 points and earned four assists.
“In the past few practices, we have really stressed playing aggressive and unselfish basketball,” said head coach Corey Hendren. “We assisted on half of our field goals and shot 50% from 3-point range because we got great looks.”
The Indians would honor their sophomores on Friday, February 19 against Clinton College in front of the largest home crowd of the year. The Indians did not disappoint the enthusiastic crowd, giving them a thrilling overtime win, 102-97.
Raheem Freeman, a 6-foot-4 sophomore shooting guard from Ocala, Florida, scored 39 points and collected 10 rebounds to fuel the Indians comeback win in overtime. “After scoring 28 points in the first half, we came out firing in the second half, scoring 56 points,” said Assistant Coach Jay Reid. “Raheem Freeman started the half off with four-made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. With 11 seconds left in game, we needed a steal, being down by three points. Sophomore, Demerous Robinson, comes up with it and a dunk to send the game into overtime.”
Nolen Gerald had 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Dedrick Turner put up 15 points and John Jenkins had 10 of his own. “Our guys came out ready in the second half, and we finally realized how hard we can be as a team to guard on the offensive end,” said Reid.
Coach Hendren, who in his second year as the Indians head coach, hopes to lead his team back to the region playoffs for the second consecutive year. “I believe this team was fueled by the crowd during the second half,” said Hendren. “It was a full house for Sophomore Night, along with the annual “Gold-Rush” where we handed out shirts to the crowd. We put ‘all in’ on the t-shirts, and I think that showed. Our fans were awesome and created an environment that I believe is the best in JUCO. It was not only a great win for our guys, but one that those sophomores will always remember as a part of their Salkehatchie experience.”
The Indians are now 12-17, overall, and will be on the road for a critical game against Spartanburg Methodist on Thursday, February 25. Salkehatchie is battling for, what looks to be, a third or fourth place finish in Region X.

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