Motlow State to host TCCAA rivals this weekend with Homecoming Saturday
After being on the road for the past three weeks, the Motlow State Community College basketball teams will return to Copperweld Arena this weekend to host a pair of conference rivals and celebrate Homecoming 2019.
Cleveland State will visit Friday night, with the women’s game scheduled to tip at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30. Saturday is Homecoming, with Chattanooga State providing the opposition at Copperweld Arena. The women’s game will begin at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge for Motlow home athletic contests.
The Student Government Association is sponsoring Homecoming activities, with tailgating in front of Nisbett Center, including free food, drinks and games, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Motlow’s Homecoming queen and king will be crowned at halftime of the men’s contest. All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Bucks (8-2, 12-8) remain at the top of the TCCAA standings after last week’s action, when they won their third consecutive conference road game by beating Volunteer State 78-66 in Gallatin Saturday. Both Cleveland State and Chattanooga State are 6-5 in conference play, but the Cougars from Cleveland have won four games in a row and the Tigers from Chattanooga have a two-game winning streak.
The Lady Bucks (5-4, 13-9) will try and break a four-game conference skid, with the latest defeat coming at the hands of Volunteer State 72-64 Saturday. The Lady Cougars will bring a 3-6 record in TCCAA play from Cleveland, while the Lady Tigers are 4-5 in the conference.
The Bucks got all 10 players who played into the scoring column on Saturday as they jumped out to a 36-17 lead and cruised home with the victory. Motlow didn’t shoot the ball very well, hitting only 37.9 percent from the floor, including 5-21 three pointers. The Bucks were sharp at the foul line however, connecting on 23-26 free throws.
Jayvon Humphrey led the Bucks in scoring with 18 points while adding seven rebounds and two assists. Leo Castillo had 12 points with five rebounds and two steals, and Jaellan White scored 12. Marcus Lacey led Motlow with 12 rebounds, while Josh Endicott added eight and Nic Barstad had seven.
After falling behind 32-21 at halftime, the Lady Bucks fought back to within three points, 50-47, at the end of three quarters but could not overcome the Lady Pioneers in Gallatin Saturday. Volunteer State was on-target with its shooting, hitting 55.3 percent from the floor, including 6-9 three pointers. The Lady Bucks connected on 36.5 percent of their shots, but only 3-16 three pointers.
Tanisia Murphy led Motlow with 18 points along with six steals, while Janna Lewis had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Star Bell-Freeman added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Dominique Fields scored eight points with three assists.