Boyd-Buchanan Holds Off CSAS For Key 5-A Basketball Win

Patriots Rally From Big Halftime Deficit Before Falling, 58-50

Friday, January 04, 2013 - by John Hunt

Hall Allen had spent most of this week in bed fighting the flu, so it's safe to say he wasn't 100 percent for Boyd-Buchanan's District 5-A basketball clash with CSAS on Friday night at spirited Tom Jett Gymnasium.

The scrappy junior did play and was one of four Buccaneer players in double figures as the hosts claimed a 58-50 victory in a game that was much closer than the final score might indicate.

The Bucs stretched a 17-15 lead after the first quarter to a seemingly-comfortable 36-20 difference at the half.

The Patriots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half and narrowed the difference to 40-35 by the end of the third stanza before knotting the score at 47-all on a putback by Nick Moore with 3:13 to play.

While the Patriots defensive pressure contributed to a 39-28 rebounding edge and was a big factor in a bunch of second-chance points, Justus McMillan took matters into his own hands with 2:54 showing in the final quarter.

McMillan, who topped the winners with 16 points, scrapped for an offensive rebound of his own, put it back up and scored as he was fouled.  He calmly sank the free throw for a 50-47 edge and an emotional lift for a team looking for its first win over CSAS in coach Cole Rose's four-year run as the Buccaneer leader.

Austin Walker and Zach Jenkins both converted layups on breakaways as that precarious three-point lead stretched to six with less than a minute to play.

The Patriots never got any closer.

Needless to say, coach Rose was smiling from ear to ear after his team had improved to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in 5-A.

"We tried every way in the world to lose the game in the second half, but it's nice to finally come away with a win in a game like this," he began after exiting the Buccaneer dressing room.

"CSAS did a great job rebounding in the second half and all of those putbacks hurt us.  I think our ability to build such a big lead may have been a key, but we had to hang on for dear life at the end.

"We had that nice lead, but it evaporated quickly.  I still think we can be a whole lot better, but Justus came up big with that putback and the free throw.  He went up strong and was rewarded for a great effort," Rose concluded with a smile.

CSAS coach Mark Dragoo certainly didn't make any excuses, but his heart was elsewhere after his mother-in-law had serious neck surgery and was in intensive care Friday night.

"One team came ready to play and one team didn't.  I guess you can figure out by the final score which was which," Dragoo began after his team dropped to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in 5-A.

"We made poor decisions and we were poor on defense, although we decided to play in the second half.  We also missed way too many free throws.

"I probably shouldn't have even been here tonight as this basketball game is really insignificant to me right now, but I'm headed back to the hospital," he said before leaving the gym.

McMillan scored 16 points to lead the victorious Bucs while Allen followed with 14.

Walker and Q.D. Cox were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

McMillan and Jenkins both had seven rebounds for the Bucs.

Patrick Taylor, who spearheaded that third-quarter surge for the Patriots with 10 points, finished with 17 before fouling out late.

Nick Moore came off the bench to score 14 points while grabbing 16 rebounds, including a dozen in the second half.

CSAS GIRLS 69, BOYD-BUCHANAN 40: A furious start for the Lady Patriots gave CSAS a 25-12 lead after one quarter, but a 33-12 difference in the second half turned a relatively-close game into a blowout.

Samantha Maffett scored 18 points to lead the Lady Patriots while Keturah Billens was next with 12.  Christianna Smith finished with nine points while Ariona Lee and Brooke Mitchell both had seven.

Freshman Maddie Wright had another outstanding game for the Lady Bucs with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots.

Abbie Sewell was also in double figures for Boyd-Buchanan with 10 points.

GIRLS SUMMARY

Arts & Sciences     25  11  16  17  --  69

Boyd-Buchanan     11  16   9  3  --  40

CSAS (69) -- Patmon, Little 6, K. Billen 12, McElvain, Mitchell 7, Maffett 18, Lee 7, Montgomery 2, R. Billen 4, Kinnard 4, Ealey, Smith 9.

BOYD-BUCHANAN (40) -- Abed 5, Balthrop 5, Reno, Davidson, Sewell 10, McCalla 5, Wright 15, Roland.

3-POINT GOALS: CSAS 1 (Maffett); Boyd-Buchanan 1 (Abed).

BOYS SUMMARY

Arts & Sciences     15  5  15  15  --  50

Boyd-Buchanan     17  19  4  18  --  58

CSAS (50) -- Moorer 4, O'Hara 2, Woods, Brown 1, Carter 2, Taylor 17, Davenport 7, Houston 3, Moore 14.

BOYD-BUCHANAN (58) -- Allen 14, Arendale, McMillan 16, Cox 10, Nason, Jackson, Walker 11, Jenkins 7.

3-POINT GOALS: CSAS 2 (Davenport, Houston); Boyd-Buchanan 3 (Allen, McMillan 2).

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net


Chattanooga Women Shock No.4 Tennessee, 67-63

Before the season started some people across the country called Chattanooga women’s basketball coach Jim Foster crazy for scheduling three top 10 teams – Notre Dame (national runner-up) Stanford and Tennessee - before Christmas. After Wednesday night’s UTC shocking 67-63 home win against No.4 Tennessee before 4,160, those same folks might believe coach Foster is crazy like ... (click for more)

Lady Mocs Withstand Comeback To Beat Lady Vols, 67-63

Jim Foster has won more of his share of big games in his 37 years coaching women’s college basketball, first at Vanderbilt and then at Ohio State. He can now say he’s done the same at Chattanooga after his Lady Mocs handed the Tennessee Lady Vols their first loss of the season Wednesday night at McKenzie Arena in front of 4,160 bi-partisan fans. It may have been UTC’s ... (click for more)

10-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured In Attack By Pit Bull At His Home In Sale Creek

A 10-year-old boy suffered serious injuries when he was attacked by a pit bull on Thanksgiving Day morning. At approximately 10:12 a.m. deputies were called to 175 Daugherty Ferry Road regarding a report of a dog attack on a child. On arrival the Sale Creek Fire Department found the child on the front porch of the residence.  The child’s father said his son came ... (click for more)

Alecia Driggins Faces Multiple Charges After Robbery And Hit-And-Run In East Ridge

East Ridge Police arrived on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the East Ridge Flea Market at 6725 Ringgold Road in response to a reported pedestrian struck and hit and run incident. Once on the scene, police determined that the incident was actually a robbery. The victim advised police that a white woman claiming to be a police officer grabbed her purse and attempted to flee ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A ‘Black Friday’ Poem

On this, “Black Friday,” when frantic shopping and crowded aisles cause some nerves to wear thin, please allow me to share a poem a friend sent me not long ago called “Shoes in Church.” Perhaps it will be fitting: SHOES IN CHURCH I showered and shaved. I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat In a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes. I saw ... (click for more)