PSC Hoops turns around season

Pensacola State hoops have made an improbable run back into contention for a state playoff berth.

After a 0-3 start in conference play, it would have been easy to write off any postseason hopes. But, Head Coach Pete Pena never took the pressure off his team.

"We stayed after it, stayed after it, and we just kept getting better," said Pena.

The Pirates have won four straight and five of six. The real eye-opener coming with Saturday's stunning takedown of number one ranked and previously unbeaten Northwest Florida. A team that was low on offense has found a spark.

The last three games averaging 80 points, compared to just 58 in the first six conference games.

Will Butler continues to lead the scoring and set the tone with his toughness, but the emergence of Gerald Williams has been a huge plus.

After being mostly quiet on offense his first season and two thirds, Williams is on a scoring tear the last few weeks, averaging 18.6 points in the last three games.

PSC is tied with Chipola for the second and final State Tournament berth with three games to play. Now the trick is keeping the passion flowing against a team like last place Gulf Coast this weekend.

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