The Motlow Bucks will have another opportunity to make a significant move up the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they host a pair of conference rivals this weekend at Copperweld Arena.
The Bucks (10-10, 5-7) split a pair of conference games on the road over the weekend, beating Cleveland State 90-78 on Friday and falling to Chattanooga State 89-87 in overtime on Saturday.
Friday night Roane State visits Motlow, with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m. The Raiders (8-9, 6-5) are one of several teams the Bucks have an opportunity to catch and pass in the standings before the conference tournament. Walters State (13-12, 6-7) is another such team, and the Senators will take the Copperweld Arena floor with the Bucks Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Motlow College is celebrating Homecoming on Saturday.
Friday night’s win in Cleveland against Cleveland State (10-9, 5-8) was a game the Bucks had to win to stay competitive for the top-half of the conference standings. The Bucks did win it, thanks in large part to the tremendous efforts of Dequon Miller and Trey James.
After trailing 45-40 at halftime, the Bucks fought their way back to win Friday night in Cleveland. Miller led the Bucks with 24 points and eight assists, including connecting on all 10 of his free throw opportunities. James added another double-double to his season, scoring 20 points and adding 15 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots.
Kytrel Williams added 13 points and five rebounds for Motlow, while Kerby Lubin scored eight points and had four assists. Keevin Tyus led Cleveland State with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Saturday’s loss at Chattanooga was especially disappointing to the Bucks, who led 31-17 midway through the first half. The Tigers closed the half on a 28-9 run and took a 45-40 advantage into intermission.
The Bucks trailed for much of the second half before Lubin’s three-point play gave them a 68-67 lead with eight minutes remaining. Down 80-77 with five seconds to play, James nailed a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Miller and James were again the catalysts for the Bucks. Miller scored a career-high 33 points and again dished out eight assists in addition to nailing all 11 of his free throw opportunities. James had 19 points and 16 rebounds with three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Williams added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. Greg Mason scored seven points along with seven rebounds and Lubin had five points and three assists.
Homecoming activities are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday inside Nisbett Center on the Motlow College Moore County campus. There is no admission charge and Motlow alumni are encouraged to attend.
–Motlow College Sports Information