Motlow Bucks raise winning streak to five, take over sole possession of TCCAA lead
The Motlow Bucks outscored Chattanooga State 15-4 in the second overtime to capture a 100-89 decision Saturday afternoon in Chattanooga. Motlow began the weekend with a 77-72 victory over Cleveland State Friday night in Cleveland.
The Bucks (5-0, 8-5) have now won five consecutive games and are in sole possession of first place in the TCCAA conference after their road sweep over the two TCCAA opponents. Motlow will step outside the conference to host Wallace State-Hanceville at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, then break for the holidays. The next home game will be Jan. 5, when non-conference Lawson State visits Copperweld Arena at 4 p.m. The next TCCAA game is Friday, Jan. 11, with Roane State as the visitor.
As has been the case during most of their wins this season, the Bucks outrebounded the Cougars 48-36 Friday night, a key stat in the win. Motlow led 47-38 at the half and hit critical baskets in the final minutes. The Bucks shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 6-17 three pointers, and hit 15-21 free throws. Cleveland’s numbers were almost identical, but Motlow’s defense forced the Cougars into 19 turnovers.
Josh Greer led Motlow in scoring with 19 points and added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Darius Harding scored 18, and Josh Endicott, who leads the conference in rebounding, scored nine points with 13 boards. Marcus Lacey had eight points and eight rebounds, Jayvon Humphrey scored seven with five rebounds, and Leo Castillo had six points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
The contest between Chattanooga State and Motlow was an old-fashioned barn burner on Saturday. The home Tigers led 44-40 at the half before the Bucks fought back to tie it at 75-75 at the end of regulation. After a 10-10 standoff in the first overtime, Motlow surged ahead and put the game away in the final five minutes.
Three-point shooting was a key for Motlow as the Bucks hit 12-30 for 40 percent. Motlow also pulled down 68 rebounds in the game and turned the ball over only 12 times in 50 minutes of action.
Jarius Key had his best games as a Buck so far, coming off the bench to score 13 points and pull down 12 rebounds. Harding, who is fifth in the TCCAA averaging 16.9 points per game, led the team with 22 points while adding four rebounds and three steals. Greer had 13 points and eight assists, Lacey scored nine with 10 rebounds, Castillo had nine points, six rebounds and five assists, and Endicott added eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.