Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Nov. 7, 2016
The Motlow Bucks remained undefeated heading into conference play when they swept a pair of contests over the weekend at the Quality Inn Classic at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.
Friday evening the Bucks shot 55 percent from the field and outscored their opponent by 14 points in the second half on their way to an 85-63 win over Lincoln Trail College. Saturday afternoon, Motlow exploded out of the gate to a 48-19 halftime advantage and beat Coahoma Community College 74-42.
The Bucks (3-0, 0-0) have won their three games by an average score of 82-50. However, the going gets much tougher this week as Motlow prepares to host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Columbia State Friday, Nov. 11, with tipoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Bucks will turn around Saturday and welcome conference foe Jackson State to Copperweld Arena for a 2 p.m. tip.
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Motlow featured four double-figure scorers in Friday's win over Lincoln Trail. Isaiah Hart led the way with 23 points and added five steals, four rebounds and two assists. Rashawn Fredrick had the first double-double of the season for Motlow with 21 points and 10 rebounds, plus a pair of steals.
Javel Gillespie came off the bench to score 13 points and add three rebounds, while starter Javion Hamlet scored 12 points with a team-high seven assists along with three rebounds and two steals. Aleksandar Zecevic scored eight points and had 10 rebounds; Dillon Smith added four points, two boards, two assists and two steals; and Kevonte Corley had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots along with two points. Jalen Bell added two points as well for Motlow.
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Saturday's win over Coahoma saw the Bucks start strong with their 29-point lead at the intermission. Motlow connected on 11-26 three point shots, with nine different players hitting at least one. The Bucks had 22 assists on their 30 made field goals and pulled down 50 rebounds.
Hamlet led the scoring with 16 points, hitting 7-11 shots from the field, and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Zecevic scored 15 points with seven boards, two assists and three steals. Corley led all rebounders with 11 and added three blocked shots and two steals along with three points.
Hart hit a pair of threes and finished with 10 points and a team-high six assists along with five rebounds and four steals. Gillespie scored six and had five rebounds and Chad Emmons had six points and three boards, while Smith, Fredrick and Ross Plunkett each added five points, with Plunkett dishing out four assists and Fredrick pulling down seven rebounds. Bell hit a three pointer.
Through the first three games, four Bucks are averaging double figures in scoring with Hart at 14.3, Hamlet and Fredrick at 12.3, and Zecevic at 10.3. Fredrick and Zecevic average 8.7 rebounds each while Corley averages eight. Hamlet has dished our five assists per game and Hart averages 3.7 assists and leads the team with 4.7 steals per contest.
The Bucks and Chargers from Columbia State have been bitter rivals since they began playing basketball against each other in 1969. In recent years the intensity has increased, with the two meeting in the semifinals of the conference tournament four consecutive years. Each school has won two of those meetings, with the Bucks eliminating the Chargers last season 96-85.