Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Nov. 2, 2016
The Motlow Bucks opened the 2016-17 basketball season with an 85-44 win over the Cumberland University JV team on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Lebanon. The Bucks led 47-21 at the half and were never threatened.
Motlow will next travel to Niceville, Fla., for a pair of games in the Quality Inn Classic at Northwest Florida State College. The Bucks will play Lincoln Trail College from Illinois on Friday, Nov. 4, then face Coahoma Community College from Mississippi on Saturday. Motlow plays its first home game on Friday, Nov. 11, hosting conference rival Columbia State at 5:30 p.m.
"Winning the season opener is always a good thing for a young team to gain confidence," said Bucks Head Coach J.T. Burton. "Heading into this weekend it gives us some game experience and helps these young players learn the speed of the game. These two contests in Florida will help show us how we compare to other teams around the country. I expect our team to give great effort."
After scoring only two points and trailing in the first three minutes, the Bucks caught fire and led 18-5 midway through the first half. Every player on the roster played at least 10 minutes for Motlow. The Bucks shot 57 percent from the field, including 9-19 three pointers, and 83 percent from the free throw line.
Dillon Smith led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points on 6-7 shooting, including 2-3 three pointers. Smith also pulled down four rebounds and added three assists and three steals. Rashawn Fredrick scored 11 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with nine, plus had two assists and two steals.
Point guard Isaiah Hart also scored in double figures with 10 points and had a team high five steals along with three assists. Aleksandar Zecevic scored eight points with nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while the fifth starter Javion Hamlet scored nine points with four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Damarcus Williams scored seven points and hauled down eight rebounds. Jahod Lang and Ross Plunkett added six points each, with Lang pulling down four rebounds and Plunkett dishing out four assists. Kevonte Corley and Javel Gillespie each scored five points, with Corley getting six rebounds. Jalen Bell had four points, two rebounds and two steals, and Chad Emmons added two points with three rebounds.