Boyd-Buchanan Dominates 5-A Matchup With Grace Academy

Friday, January 17, 2014 - by Jaime Barrett
Four first-quarter 3-pointers set the tone for the Boyd-Buchanan boys’ basketball team on Friday night, and the Bucs never looked back against District 5-A rival Grace Academy.

Two of those came from Justus McMillian, who went on to score a game-high 18 points as the Bucs improved to 3-0 in district play with a convincing 73-48 home victory.

“We were able to get stops, and then get quickly to the offensive end and convert,” Boyd-Buchanan coach Cole Rose said of his team’s performance during its 21-point first quarter.
“It was about making the open pass and hitting a couple 3s. Justus came out hot, which was really good to see, and Hall Allen hit a couple, too, which was also really good to see. I think our chemistry is finally starting to come together, and that’s promising.”

The Bucs, who opened the season on a 12-game winning streak and now stand at 16-2, led by as much as 12 in the first quarter and took a 21-11 advantage into the second period. A 3-pointer from Chet Matheny two minutes into the quarter got Grace within eight at 25-17, but the Golden Eagles would come no closer the rest of the way. 

After a basket from the Bucs’ Zach Jenkins to extend his team’s lead back to double digits, McMillian scored night straight to help them take a 47-25 lead into the break. A dunk from Jenkins punctuated the third quarter, which ended with Boyd-Buchanan leading 61-36, and with 6:23 remaining in the fourth, the Bucs’ starters left the game for good.

Jenkins finished with 12 points for Boyd-Buchanan, while Allen and Jeremiah Nason totaled 10 apiece. McMillan and Austin Walker each contributed five assists, with Q.D. Cox adding three as part of a team total of 20.

“Offensively, we were very unselfish tonight, and that was a big key,” Rose said. “I don’t really have a lot of complaints about our offense, especially with how Justus and Austin shared the ball. When we can do that, I feel like we’re pretty good.”

The Bucs must follow Friday’s 5-A rivalry game with another on Saturday night at Arts & Sciences. The Patriots will bring a 2-0 district record into that matchup, which will give one team the early advantage in the district standings.

“It’s going to be a tough game over there,” Rose said. “We scheduled it this way, having two of our biggest rivalry games on back-to-back nights, on purpose to prepare us for the postseason. That’s what it takes to win our district tournament, and we wanted to be prepared for that. We’re halfway there right now, and hopefully tomorrow we can finish it out. But we know it’s going to be tough.”

(E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)

BOYD-BUCHANAN 73, GRACE ACADEMY 48

Grace Academy 11  14  11  12   --  48
Boyd-Buchanan  21  26  14  12  --  73

Grace (48) -- Slack 9, Roberts 4, Lyons 2, Savard 7, Russell 4, Hughes 3, Godsey 9, McQueen 6, Matheny 3, Cooke 1.

Boyd-Buchanan (73) -- Hall Allen 10, Justus McMillan 18, Cox 6, Walker 5, Zach Jenkins 12, Arendale 2, Jeremiah Nason 10, Evans 4, Covington, Macon 4, Hodge, Clarke 2, Walker, Jackson.

3-point goals: Grace 3 (Russell, McQueen, Matheny); Boyd-Buchanan 6 (McMillan 4, Allen 2).

Sherilyn Johnson A Driving Force Behind Track Club Success

Sherilyn Johnson probably prefers doing things behind the scenes where she doesn't have to be seen or heard. Such is the life of one of the hardest working members of the Chattanooga Track Club. Johnson is a Senior Program Analyst for Shaw Industries by day and has been in that position for almost 19 years. And she continues to run about 20 miles a week when time allows, ... (click for more)

Sequatchie Softball Wins 18-0 Over Signal Mountain

Sequatchie County had 10 hits and scored 18 runs in the first inning to beat the Eagles of Signal Mountain 18-0.  Emily Yell got the win for Sequatchie County.                      1st    2nd   3rd   Hits   Errors ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)