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MCHS Boys overcome 10 point deficit to win

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

After watching the MCHS Raiderettes capture their first victory of the season, the Raiders took the floor with a packed gym determined to come away with their own win. They accomplished their mission but the victory wasn’t easy having to come from behind to win in overtime 60-58 against the Community Vikings. Neither team shot the ball well in the first quarter with the Raiders methodically attacking the Viking’s 2-3 defense. The Raiders were down 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Raiders fell behind 10 points before Coach Hardin called timeout to stop the Viking surge. Senior Clay Burnett returned to the floor and hit two 3 pointers, stole a pass, and was fouled on a layup. After hitting 1 of 2 from the foul line, the Raiders had reduced the lead to 3. At the half, the Raiders were down 23-18. In the third quarter, Senior Pacey Warren provided a spark for the Raiders coming off the bench to take a charge and grab two offensive rebounds. Andrew Copeland hit two 3-point shots on consecutive trips down the floor to reduce the Viking lead. Julius Dixon followed with a steal and a two-hand slam dunk that rocked the Raiders gym. Just before the 3rd quarter ended, Burnett drove the lane and fed the ball to Warren who hit a layup and was fouled. The old fashion 3-point play ended the third quarter with the Vikings leading 33-36. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders continued to put pressure on the Viking defense. Burnett hit a 3-pointer with 6:13 giving the Raiders their first lead in the game 38- 37. From that point forward the two teams swapped leads multiple times. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders scored 17 points getting two 3 pointers from Burnett, a 3 from Dixon, 2 points from Dylan Scruggs, and a 2 from Garret Jennings. Dixon and Burnett also hit key foul shots that enable the Raiders to tie the score at 50 before the end of regulation play. In the overtime period, the teams continued to battle back and forth. After a Viking turnover with 1:39 left in the OT, Dixon hit a reverse layup to put the Raiders up by 2. The Vikings followed with their own layup and was fouled. After the missed foul shot, the Raiders were called for a lane violation. The second attempted foul shot was good putting the Vikings up by 1 with 1:03 remaining. Dixon was fouled on a put back basket and sank the free throw putting the Raiders up by 2. After a Vikings score to tie the game at 58, the Raiders held the ball for the last shot. With 10 seconds remaining, Burnett drove the ball to the middle, kicked out to Copeland who missed a 3-point shot from the corner but the rebound bounced back to Copeland on the wing who sank the two to win the game 60-58. Dixon was unstoppable in the OT period providing all but 2 of the Raiders 10 overtime points. After the game, Coach Hardin recognized the contributions and intensity of the entire team. Evan McKenzie, Pacey Warren, Garrett Jennings, Dylan Scruggs, Nate Love, and Dylan Knight pounded the boards for the Raiders. Julius Dixon led the Raiders with 22 points followed by Clay Burnett with 20. Andrew Copeland had 11 points. Dillon Whitaker had 28 points for the Vikings. Moore County doesn’t have another home game until the Raiders host Tullahoma on Saturday, Dec. 9.