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Copeland’s hot hand lifts Raiders to win at Eagleville

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

Andrew Copeland scored a game-high 22 points in the Raiders’ win at Eagleville on Monday night. (MCN File Photo by Jeff Reed)

Andrew Copeland scored a game-high 22 points in the Raiders’ win at Eagleville on Monday night. He netted 12 points last Thursday night (above) in the Raiders’ win over Community. (Photo by Jeff Reed)

EAGLEVILLE, Tenn. — Riding the hot hand of Andrew Copeland, the Moore County Middle School boys basketball team stretched its current win streak to four games and solidified its spot in the top half of the Duck River Valley Conference standings on Monday night.

Moore County (13-4) beat Eagleville Monday and topped Community last Thursday night to put itself in good position heading into this Thursday’s regular-season finale at Middle Tennessee Christian School. The Raiders, who are battling for a higher seed in next week’s DRVC tournament, could finish as high as second in the final standings with a win over MTCS this week. Tipoff is set for approximately 7:15 p.m. in Murfreesboro.

On Monday, Copeland poured in 22 points — matching host Eagleville all by himself — as the Raiders rolled over the home-standing Eagles 43-22. Copeland was hot from the get-go, scoring eight points in the opening period and then adding five in the second period as MCMS built a 25-9 halftime lead.

He picked up in the third frame by dropping in nine more points and finished with his game-high despite not playing much of the fourth period.

After leading by just one point, 6-5, midway through the first period, Moore County used a 14-0 run to put some distance between itself and the hosts before intermission. Copeland sank three 3-pointers in the first half and the Raiders also got five points from Riley Holman in the first half as they pulled away.

Copeland added another trey in the third period and scored all of Moore County’s points as the Raiders won that six-minute stretch 9-6. Heading into the final period Moore County held a comfortable 34-15 lead.

Behind Copeland’s 22, Holman and Will Harder added five points each. Tyler Smith came off the bench to net four and three other Raiders —Dylan Scruggs, Noah Blankenship and Cameron Blanton — added two points apiece. Brayden Cashion completed Moore County’s scoring with a lone point.

MCMS 45, Community 30

Moore County sank six 3-pointers en route to a victory over the visiting Vikings on Thursday night, Dec. 1. Four players scored in double digits, led by Andrew Copeland’s 12 points. Brayden Cashion, Riley Holman and Dylan Scruggs each finished with 10 points and all four players sank at least one 3-pointer on the night.

Community held MCMS to just two points in the second period and led 14-10 at the half, but the Raiders stormed out of the gate following intermission. Holman hit a pair of triples and Cashion and Copeland each sank a long ball as MCMS outscored Community 20-11 in the period to take a 30-25 lead.

They added to the lead in the fourth quarter as the Vikings struggled to take care of the basketball.

Moore County was 6-of-11 from the free-throw line in the final period. Both Will Harder, who finished with three points, and Cashion were 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the fourth.

The win came as the Raiders played their final home game of the regular season and celebrated 8th-grade night.

—By ROBERT HOLMAN, Publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net)

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