Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
Dec. 13, 2016
The Motlow State Bucks ended the first half of their basketball season on a high note over the weekend, travelling to Fulton, Miss., and beating the Itawamba Community College Indians 80-56 Saturday afternoon.
The Bucks (10-3, 3-2) have now won four consecutive games heading into a three-week holiday break. Motlow beat Gadsden State 100-51 on Dec. 7, then easily handled the Cumberland University JV 85-60 on Dec. 9. The Bucks will head to West Plains, Missouri, on Jan. 6, where they will play North Arkansas at 5 p.m. The following day, Motlow will face the host team, Missouri West Plains, also at 5 p.m. The next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 10, when Itawamba pays a return visit to Copperweld Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
BUCKS 100 GADSDEN STATE 51
The visitors from Gadsden, Ala., put up very little resistance as Motlow had its way from start to finish. The Bucks led 41-28 at the half, then exploded for a season-high 59 points after intermission. The Bucks shot 52.4 percent from the field, including 11-29 from three-point range, and made 23-28 free throws.
Eleven different players got into the scorebook for the Bucks, led by Javion Hamlet with 21 points and nine assists. Isaiah Hart added 18 points, four assists and five steals, Dillon Smith had 11 points and three assists, Aleks Zecevic scored nine points with nine rebounds, Javel Gillispie had eight points and seven rebounds, and Jalen Bell added eight points.
BUCKS 85 CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY JV 60
The Bucks jumped fast out of the gate Friday morning, taking a 45-19 halftime lead in front of a large, loud crowd of over 500 elementary school children from throughout Motlow's 11-county service area. The Bucks shot 49.3 percent from the field and dominated the boards with 52 rebounds.
Jahod Lang led all scorers with 18 points and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. Hamlet dished out 14 assists, tying him for sixth place on Motlow's all-time single game record book. Chad Emmons scored 15 points with three rebounds, and Bell had 10 points and five rebounds.
BUCKS 80 ITAWAMBA 56
Motlow finished off its highly successful week with a blowout on Itawamba's home floor. The Bucks jumped out to a 40-29 halftime lead behind Hamlet and Hart, who combined for 42 points, five assists and five steals during the contest.
The Bucks, who are one of the best shooting teams in the nation, hit 50.8 percent of their shots including 5-16 three pointers.
Hamlet scored 26 and Hart 16. Rashawn Fredericks barely missed out on a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Kevonte Corley and Zecevic had 10 rebounds and five points each.
Motlow State Community College hosted over 500 children from elementary schools throughout the College's 11-county service area to a basketball doubleheader on Friday, Dec. 9, at Copperweld Arena on the Moore County campus. The event, which may have been the first morning games in Motlow basketball history, featured the Bucks and Lady Bucks getting impressive wins over the Cumberland University JV teams. Motlow State photo.