Dalton State Basketball Improves To 20-2

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
Dalton State leading scorer Ricky Sears is picked up by Tennessee Temple's Jalen Smith in Tuesday night's 84-70 Roadrunner win in Chattanooga
Dalton State leading scorer Ricky Sears is picked up by Tennessee Temple's Jalen Smith in Tuesday night's 84-70 Roadrunner win in Chattanooga

The Dalton State basketball upped the season record to 20-2 Tuesday night with its 84-70 win over the (10-9) Tennessee Temple Crusaders.

The hosts led by three a few times early in the first half, but their final lead of the night was at 15-12 with 11:24 before the break. The largest Roadrunner lead of the half was 11 (30-19) at the 3:25 mark.

The Crusaders went on a 10-2 run and knocked the deficit down to three points (32-29) with 50 seconds left in the half.

The Roadrunners scored the final four points of the half to take a 36-29 lead into the locker room.

Dalton State came out of the break on all cylinders to build a 15 point second half lead with 17:39 remaining. Tennessee Temple kept fighting and pulled to within nine before the visitors took their biggest lead of the night at 84-65 with 66 ticks on the clock.

The Crusaders scored the final five points to reduce the margin to 14.

Earle hit 6-6 from the free throw line, Allen 4-4, and Tate 5-6. As a team, Dalton State hit 84% (21-25) for the night from the charity stripe.  The Roadrunners hit 93.75% from the line in the second half (15-16).

“Our foul shooting was fantastic the second half, and we have really been doing lots of things to increase our percentage,” said DS Coach Tony Ingle.

Sears (3-6) and Jacobs (3-5) were each also hot from beyond the arc.  “I felt like our team showed tremendous focus on both ends of the court,” Ingle said. “It was the first two halves we have put together without too much slippage.”

“I am proud of our composure tonight,” added Ingle. “That is largely due to the leadership of Sean Tate. He is so quick and smooth he sometimes reminds me of a squirrel playing on roller skates. DJ (Jacobs) and Preston hit some big baskets in the second half.”

Ricky Sears led Roadrunner scorers with 16 points. Sean Tate scored 14 and dished off six assists.  Demetrice Jacobs and Preston Earle scored 13. Tyrel Edwards scored eight, and LaDaris Green and Erich Allen each added seven. Anthony Hilliard scored six.

“LaDaris was sensational at the defensive end and by alternating shots and rebounding we are a better team with him in the game,” Ingle added.

Green pulled down 14 Roadrunner rebounds, but the Crusaders had a slight advantage on the boards – 37-35.

Tennessee Temple’s Elliot Johnson had a game high 18 points and Weedlens Beauvil scored 14.  Hampton Mack and Jordan Brown each added 10. Jarrett Smith had eight points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.

Dalton State plays at Reinhard University in Waleska, GA Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 


Greer Wins Mid-Amateur In Playoff

Knoxville's Ryan Greer defeated Franklin's Kevin Watford in a playoff Friday and won the 27th Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship at The Honors Course. Greer and Watford each finished at 212, with Greer winning with a par on the first hole of sudden death. Nashville's Craig Smith and Memphis' Matt Cooper finished in a tie at 214. 27th Annual Tennessee Mid-Amateur ... (click for more)

UTC Volleyball Drops Close Match To Tulsa

HOUSTON, Texas – The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball lost a hard-fought match to Tulsa Friday afternoon to open up the 2014 season.  A 3-1 loss to the Hurricane, UTC forced extra points to claim the second set 26-24, but fell 25-19, 25-14 and 25-22 in the first, third and final frames. “Our team played well tonight,” Head Coach Travis Filar said.  “I thought we played ... (click for more)

Detectives Investigating Death Of 3-Year-Old Boy At Soddy Daisy

Detectives are investigating the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 10710 Jenkins Circle, Soddy Daisy, on Wednesday on a report of a boy having drowned in the bathtub.  Deputies arrived on the scene and immediately took over CPR until Hamilton County Emergency ... (click for more)

Shooting Of 15-Year-Old Began As Argument Between Teens

According to police, the Tuesday night shooting of a juvenile on Taylor Street started as an argument between the two young men. Terry Marshell Smith Jr., 19, was arrested the following day. Police said the former Hixson High School student shot the juvenile in the shoulder after their argument and then fled the scene.  According to police, Smith admitted to the shooting. ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)