A MCN Web Exclusive — The Motlow Bucks and Lady Bucks will wrap up the 2011-12 basketball regular season on Saturday when they host Jackson State at Copperweld Arena. Sophomore players will be honored between games, with the women’s contest scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m.
Both Motlow squads are coming off disappointing losses to Columbia State on Wednesday, with the Lady Bucks dropping a 71-57 decision and the Bucks falling 81-66. Both teams will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins Mar. 6 in Jackson.
The Lady Bucks (10-12, 7-10) led most of the first half against the Lady Chargers from Columbia State (17-5, 13-4), thanks in part to six first-half three-point shots, and went into the halftime intermission leading 29-28.
The second half saw the visitors completely turn momentum to their side though as the Lady Chargers outscored the Lady Bucks 21-2 in the first six minutes. Columbia State connected on 13-18 free throws in the final 20 minutes to secure the victory.
Ashley Davis led the Lady Bucks with 18 points, including four three-pointers, and pulled down five rebounds. Motlow hit nine three-point shots, including two by Jennifer Maynard and Presley Owen. Kelva Atkins led Columbia State with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bucks (15-9, 9-8) jumped out to an early 7-6 lead over the Chargers (16-6, 13-4), who currently hold the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. However, a 20-6 run by the visitors, sparked by 12 points from Masceo Harmon, turned the tables and helped the Chargers lead 39-28 by halftime.
The second half proved frustrating for the Bucks as they could never get a consistent flow on offense. Motlow’s 21 turnovers led to multiple fast break dunks and three-pointers for the Chargers as they built their lead to 19 points, 52-33, with 16 minutes to play and were never seriously threatened again.
Michael Tomlin led a balanced Bucks scoring attack with 12 points, while Raul Tutton, Jr. added 11, Sean Gardner 10 and J.C. Bonny nine. Brandon Hunter and Gardner each pulled down five rebounds.
Devonta James led the Chargers with 22 points, including 13 in the second half, while Kendall Jennings added 18 and Harmon scored 12.
Official brackets for the conference tournament, which will conclude with championship games on Saturday, Mar. 10, will be released next week and will be available on the official Motlow athletic department web site at MotlowSports.com.