Lee Basketball Wins Season Opener 99-61

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rebounding from a slow start in the opening five minutes, Lee went on a 29-3 run against visiting Johnson University and coasted to a 99-61 season-opening victory over the Royals on Monday evening in Walker Arena.

The lead grew to 44-18 at the break and the Flames never looked back as 12 of the 13 players who entered the action scored. The balanced attack was led by freshman Jervon Johnson who hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and 3-of-8 3-point attempts to finish with 20 points.



Four other Lee players scored in double figures. Jay Marquette came off the bench to score 13 points and grab six rebounds. Corey Billingsley followed with 12 points. Evan Forhetz was 3-of-3 from behind the arc and finished with 11 markers. He also dished off three assists. Freshman Stedmon Ford rounded out the double-figure attack with 10 points. Valentino Thomas and Tyquan Roberts tallied nine points apiece.

The Flames out-rebounded the Royals 39-24. Muniru Bawa did not score but the 7-footer joined Marquette as their team's leading rebounders, each garnered six.

Coach Tommy Brown was pleased with his club's defensive effort in the first half but frowned on his team allowing Johnson University 43 points in the second 20 minutes. He praised the play of his newcomers. "Jervon (Johnson) stepped up and knocked down some 3's and we are going to need some of that type of scoring," he stressed. The coach also singled out the way guards Bryce Copeland and Forhetz played together in the final half.

"Jay (Marquette) gave us a big lift after we started slow," pointed out Brown. "He and Chad Lee play a lot alike and really battle on the boards." Marquette was 5-of-7 from the field, hit one 3-pointer and converted two charity tosses. Copeland added three assists and converted a 3-pointer in scoring his first points as a Flame.

Lee shot 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field and knocked down 14-of-31 attempts from 3-point range. They struggled a bit at the line hitting 15-of-23 freebies. The Flames also had 19 assists to just 14 turnovers.

High scoring Louis Allen paced the Royals with 25 points. Sean Finneran added 14 and Jordan McClendon pitched in with 10 points to go along with a game-leading seven rebounds. The visitors shot 40 percent from the field (14-of-47) and made 5-of-16 treys. They did plenty of damage from the line, converting 18-of-21. However, the Flames forced Johnson University into 25 turnovers.

Brown and his Flames expect a much tougher test on Saturday when they host rival Tennessee Wesleyan. It will be the second part of a doubleheader in the annual Jack Souther Classic. The ladies will tip off at 5 p.m. and the men will follow at 7 p.m.


UTC Softball Drops Two At UNCG

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team dropped a 9-8 back-and-forth contest and an 8-0 game to UNCG on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. UTC is 27-24 and 6-8 in Southern Conference action. In the first game, the Spartans got on the board with one run during the first inning. With the first hit for Chattanooga, senior Sam Taylor singled through the left side in the top of the third. ... (click for more)

McCallie Lacrosse Wins Two

The McCallie lacrosse team earned two wins this weekend beginning with a 14-4 win over Ravenwood Friday night and a 14-2 win over Franklin on Saturday.   McCallie has qualified for the post-season as the second seed in the east region (ranked second in the state overall), and will host the second round of the playoffs on either 5/13 or 5/14 after earning a first round bye. ... (click for more)

Truck Bursts Into Flames On I-75 Near Tunnel Hill; Traffic At Standstill For Hours

A truck burst into flames after wrecking with another vehicle on I-75 near Tunnel Hill on Saturday afternoon. There were injuries reported in the fiery accident in the southbound lanes. Traffic was at a standstill for several hours. Long lines of vehicles detoured onto Highway 41 into Ringgold. The wreck was just inside Catoosa County, Ga. (click for more)

Representative Jimmy Duncan Endorses Donald Trump For President

Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., one of the most senior Republicans in the House and the only Republican remaining in Congress who voted against the Iraq War today endorsed Donald Trump for president. Rep. Duncan said, “With only four percent of the world’s population, we buy 25 percent of the world’s goods. Every country wants into our markets. We have tremendous leverage ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)