Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Early Flurry Ignites Bucks to Opening Rout
November 2, 2011
Sophomore Rashad Davis hit four three-point shots in the first five minutes, sparking the Motlow Bucks to a season-opening 117-71 win over the Nashville All-Stars on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Copperweld Arena in Moore County.
The Bucks (1-0) will host Wallace State from Hanceville, Alabama, on Saturday, Nov. 5. The women's contest is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., with the men to follow at approximately 4:00 p.m.
"We will have to play better defense in order to compete for the goals we have set for ourselves this season," said head coach Jerry Nichols. "In fact, we will have to be better to beat Wallace State on Saturday."
The Lady Bucks were scheduled to open their regular season against the Nashville All-Star women on Tuesday night as well, but the visitors did not have enough players. Saturday's contest with Wallace State will be the Lady Bucks' season opener.
A large crowd was on hand when the men's team tipped off the new season, anticipating Nichols' third edition of the Bucks. The crowd was not disappointed as Motlow put on a variety show of three-pointers, no-look passes, and thunderous dunks.
Led by Davis' quick start the home team never trailed, jumping out to a 15-6 lead as Andrew Scofield added a three pointer to the four early Davis baskets. The All-Stars pulled to within 20-17 with 14 minutes left in the first half, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the night.
The Bucks hit eight three-point shots in the first half and went into the locker room at intermission leading 64-41. The lead continued to expand in the second half as the fast-paced tempo of the Bucks wore down the visitor's defense.
Bryan Thomas, a 6-3 freshman from Norcross, Georgia, led the Bucks in scoring with 18 points, including 11 in the first half. Redshirt freshman Darryl Bond had a double-double in his first game as a Buck, scoring 16 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.
Collierville freshman Sean Gardner joined Davis with 14 points apiece, while sophomore Andrew Scofield led the Bucks with eight assists and added four steals to his 11 points.
Gardner had a team-high five steals, while sophomore Ricky Tisdale and Bond added three steals each.
The one weakness for the Bucks other than defense came at the free-throw line, where Motlow connected on only 6-17 attempts.
Center Prince Roschell led the visitors with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while former Motlow Buck Torrez Hampton added 17 points and former Tullahoma Wildcat Chad Rusk scored seven.
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