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Braves host Millersville

MURFREESBORO – They just keep coming.

The schedule for Chowan College doesn’t get any easier.

The Braves, who stand 2-1 in the early going of the 2005-2006 campaign, welcome Millersville University here today at 2 p.m.

&uot;They are a good basketball team,&uot; Braves’ fourth-year skipper Jim Tribbett said. &uot;They were a top 20 team last year that qualified for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) playoffs.&uot;

Chowan was to have played Barton College Monday night, but the game had to be postponed. Tribbett said while he would have liked to got the game in before hosting Millersville, it worked out for his team.

&uot;We would have liked to get it in, but at the same time it would have been the third game against a tough opponent in four days,&uot; he said. &uot;Millersville has been off since Saturday as well, so I don’t think it will hurt us.

&uot;Besides, when you have a team that is as young as this one, there is still a big learning curve,&uot; he added. &uot;Teaching in practice is still important at this time of year.&uot;

Trayvon Lathan, Montino Williams and Isaac McCall lead the Braves offensively. All three have averaged double figures for the opening three games of the season.

Lathan is at 17.7 points per game while Williams is averaging 14 and McCall 11.7.

Spreading the ball around has been a point of emphasis for Tribbett in preparing the Braves for this season.

&uot;We can’t have one player get 35 a night and think we’re going to continue to have team success,&uot; the coach insisted. &uot;We have to spread the ball around and continue to have several people scoring in double figures.&uot;

Lathan also leads the team in assists with seven in the early part of the season, followed by Gerald Miller with six and Marcus Artis and Williams with five each.

Defensively, freshman Jon Dyer has 12 blocked shots followed by Roderick Ramsay and Wayne Hambrick with four each.

As he looks toward today’s game, Tribbett said there are two areas in which his team will have to look for success.

&uot;We need to rebound well,&uot; he said. &uot;We have held our own, but have not been as strong as I would have liked.&uot;

He said his team would discuss that in Friday afternoon’s practice.

The other key will be limiting easy baskets for the visiting Marauders, especially layups.

&uot;If we do those two things, we’ll be okay,&uot; Tribbett said. &uot;We’ve been working hard on shot selection and balanced scoring and we’re getting there.&uot;

The Braves entered Thanksgiving with a winning record for the first time this century. Chowan College statistics on their web site date back to the 1998-1999 season and the Braves have not had a winning record before the holiday in any of those seasons.

&uot;We have a lot to work on this season, but we want to enjoy these milestones as they come,&uot; Tribbett said. &uot;It was nice for these guys to be able to go home to their families and enjoy the success we’ve had early.&uot;

The Braves will get the opportunity to continue that success today when they host Millersville at 2 p.m.