Dalton State Roadrunner Defense Enables 79-58 Win

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - by Bob Beavers
Demetrice Jacobs shoots a three in the Dalton State 79-58 win over Southern Wesleyan Tuesday night at the Trade Center.
Demetrice Jacobs shoots a three in the Dalton State 79-58 win over Southern Wesleyan Tuesday night at the Trade Center.

The Dalton State basketball Roadrunners (12-1) used a tough defense to run past Southern Wesleyan University (8-5).

The hosts led the Warriors by 16 at the half, 41-25.  SWU pulled to within one point a couple of times, but never led or tied the game in the second half.

Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle credited Anthony Hilliard with holding the nation’s leading scorer in NAIA Division I, Cam Soloman, to just nine points.

“Anthony Hilliard really did a phenomenal defensive job tonight,” said Ingle.  “And the team was there to help.”

“Cam Soloman, a transfer from Georgia State, is averaging 24 points a game. He had nine points at the half and was really on his way to probably another 20 point game or so. He didn’t score the second half.”

“We contained him in the first half, but Anthony with team assistance stopped him in the second half,” added Ingle.

Roadrunner leading scorer Ricky Sears was also held to nine points, but the team got scoring from Demetrice Jacobs with a game high 22 points, Preston Earle scored 15, Sean Tate 11, Hilliard 6.

Jacobs credited his team with his scoring performances during the past couple of games.

“I owe it to my team. We are trying to keep the winning streak alive,” Jacobs said.

“We’ve picked it up in practice and our work in practice has paid off,” he added. “Every practice is going to get better and hopefully we will keep winning.”

Jacobs and Raheem Moseley led DS in rebounds with seven each.

Newly instated Erick Allen was in the game, but was limited to five points and two rebounds in his shorter than planned presence.

“It’s good to see Erick out there,” said Ingle. “He played six minutes and fouled out. When you play six minutes and have five fouls, it’s not the referee’s fault.”

“We have to coach Erick to bring him up to speed on where we are. He has been practicing with the team, but not playing in game situations.”

Dwayne Bryant led SWU with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Terrance Hutchins added 12.

Rebounding in the game was close… 39 for the Warriors and 38 for the Roadrunners.

Northwest Georgia college basketball fans will again have an opportunity to see bonus activity this weekend at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.  There will be two games for the price of one again Friday and Saturday.

Cumberland University (9-0) of Lebanon, TN, ranked #21 in the NAIA D-1 National Poll, returns to Dalton to play Belhaven University (4-4) on Friday and Concordia of Alabama on Saturday. The early games will tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

The Roadrunners will play the late games each night, roughly at 8:00 p.m. DS will host Concordia Friday night and Belhaven Saturday evening.


CCS Names Weekley Head Soccer Coach For Retiring Stanton

Chattanooga Christian School has announced that David Stanton will be retiring as head boys soccer coach and high school history teacher at the end of this school year. Coach Stanton coached soccer and taught history at CCS for 43 years. He started the soccer program at CCS and was instrumental in the construction of three different soccer fields on campus. The current stadium ... (click for more)

Lookouts Fall To Generals, 7-0, In Final Game Of Series

Jackson, Tenn.  - Ryan Yarbrough was brilliant on his way to his fifth win of the season as and D.J. Peterson had three hits including a home run as the Generals defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 7-0 in the series finale at The Ballpark at Jackson on Monday night.  Omar Bencomo (1-2, 3.32) took the loss for the Lookouts after four strong innings. The righty gave up ... (click for more)

Settlement May Be Close In Government's $1.8 Billion Case Against Cleveland, Tn.-Based Life Care Centers Of America

A settlement may be close in the federal government's massive False Claims Act case against Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America. Attorneys have asked Chattanooga Federal Judge Sandy Mattice to put a 30-day hold on depositions, saying a settlement is in the works. Judge Mattice granted the motion. The government says claims in the case amount to $1.8 billion. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Projecting $15.2 Million Profit In Aggressive "Growth Budget"

Erlanger Health Systems is projecting a $15.2 million profit in an aggressive "growth budget" for the upcoming fiscal year. President Kevin Spiegel, who has led the public hospital to a succession of profitable years, said the projections are based on a TennCare waiver being renewed once again. He said if it is not renewed, then the hospital will have to completely rework the ... (click for more)

Late-Night Harassment By The Signal Mountain Police - And Response (8)

I am writing about the misconduct of the Signal Mountain Police Department. This is a repetitive civil rights problem, systemic within their department, with no hint of remorse or regret or a notion to change, though they have been confronted numerous times.   I live on Signal Mountain. In the last few months, I have been pulled over three times while I was driving three ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hot Rod’s Catfish Dinner

It could well be the best part of playing a prank is in the delicious moments until your “fish” takes the hook. So yesterday afternoon, as I tried repeatedly to talk to a man I haven’t spoken to in 27 years, rather than leave my name I popped off the Happy Birthday song in a snappy, loud way and then ended it with a simple, “Call me,” adding my number. John “Hot Rod” Talley spent ... (click for more)