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Portageville defeats Scott Central in thriller

Sunday, January 9, 2005

Portageville's Willie Hassell
PORTAGEVILLE - The Scott Central Braves gave the Portageville Bulldogs all they wanted when the two teams met Friday night.

Portageville prevailed by a 71-69 score for its 10th win of the season against one loss.

Scott Central's record is now 8-4.

It was clear from the opening tip that the Braves were not intimidated by the Bulldogs. SCC's Jeremy Johnson, who had a dozen points in the contest, broke the scoreless tie at the 7:42 mark of the opening quarter.

Three straight buckets by Portageville put them up by a 6-2 score before the Braves went on a 10-0 run featuring a trey by Central's Josh Boley to recapture the lead at 12-6.

The balanced scoring by SCC, which had four players in double figures, steadily pulled ahead of the Bulldogs in the period and when it ended Portageville trailed by a 20-15 score.

At the 6:33 mark of the second stanza, all-state guard Willie Hassell pulled the Bulldogs even at 21 with a bucket. From there the teams traded buckets for the rest of the period which featured four ties.

With only two seconds left before half, Johnson nailed a 3-pointer to give the Braves a 32-31 lead at the half.

Hassell led all scorers in the contest with 28. He was joined in double figures by Jordan Penn who netted 10. Antonio Scott and Jimmy Larry had nine each.

"I was really tickled that we got away with a win," said Portageville coach Jim Bidewell.

"They're very athletic, well-coached, and they came in here not intimidated at all. In fact, it might have been the other way around for a while."

The third period was no less intense than the first two. The two teams traded scores the entire quarter.

Neither team led by more than three points and there were three ties. Portageville finally led at the break 51-49 on a bucket by Patrick Morton with three seconds left.

Hassell sank both ends of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity at the 2:17 point of the fourth quarter to give the Portageville its biggest lead (66-61) of the period, but the Braves were not finished yet.

They battled back and took their last lead of the contest 69-68 at the 0:44 mark on an Avis White bucket.

Hassell scored the last bucket of the contest at the 0:33 point, then the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 15 seconds remaining to end the scoring in the game.

Isaac Porter led SCC with 15 points followed by Ray Rogers 14. Avis White added 13 to go with Johnson's 12.

"I was proud of our kids," said coach Bidewell. "They threw the ball away too much and made too many mental mistakes, but they played hard. I can live with mistakes as long as they play hard."

"Our kids played with a lot of heart, the intensity was there the whole game, and we had the opportunity to play in a full house at Portageville," commented SCC coach Delane Beckwith. "If we had hit our free throws, we would have won the game. Jim Bidewell is one of the elite coaches in Missouri and we were fortunate to play hard against his team."

Portageville won the jayvee contest 54-38.

The Bulldogs will travel to Caruthersville to take on the Tigers on Tuesday night while the Braves will host the Kelly Hawks.