Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Nov. 21, 2016
The Motlow Bucks jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first two minutes and were never threatened on their way to an 89-70 win over Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena on Saturday.
The Bucks (5-2, 2-1) will play a rare home game on the road when they host the TNG Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Lawrence County High School in Lawrenceburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Motlow freshman Kirk Kemp played his high school basketball at Lawrence County.
The win over Volunteer State ended a two-game losing streak for the Bucks. On Thursday, Motlow traveled to Booneville, Miss., and dropped a 76-68 decision to nationally-ranked Northeast Mississippi. Last Saturday, the Bucks fell 77-75 to conference rival Jackson State.
The Bucks broke out of a long-range shooting slump against the visiting Pioneers, connecting on 11-27 shots from three-point range and shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Motlow forced Volunteer State into 17 turnovers and outrebounded the Pioneers 43-28. The Bucks led 33-23 at the half and kept the margin between 10-20 points the rest of the way.
Aleks Zecevic came off the bench and recorded the first double-double of his career, leading the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds while also blocking a pair of shots. Rashawn Fredericks scored 13 points with seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals. Kevonte Corley scored 10 with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Demarcus Williams almost recorded a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Ross Plunkett added nine points along with a pair of assists. Isaiah Hart scored eight and had four steals, Dillon Smith scored six with two assists, and Javion Hamlet scored five but dished out a season-high 12 assists, tying him for the 12th-most assists in a single game in Motlow history.
All 13 players that suited up for the Bucks broke into the scoring column. Eight different Motlow players hit at least one three-point shot.
Aleksandar Zecevic (24), a 6-10 freshman from Serbia, fights for rebounding position against Volunteer State on Saturday. Zecevic scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Motlow Bucks to an 89-70 win over Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena. The Bucks will play Wednesday night at Lawrence County High School, hosting the TNG Academy at 6 p.m., then return to Copperweld to host Gadsden State on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.