(photo by Kyle Carter, Staff)
"We didn't have enough of it," said NMCC head coach Daivd Fields, "and when we had chances, we couldn't hit them." The Eagles were 2-6 from the free throw line on the night.
"We needed this game bad. They were a really strong, phyiscal team and we have to be ready for that. I think Charleston is one of the best teams around, and for us to be able to play with them we are going to have to get prepared."
From the outset New Madrid fell behind and would trail by a two point margin throughout the first half.
Covington clung tight to the lead then went on a ten point run to end the second quarter, putting the Eagles down eight at 29-21.
New Madrid attempted to comeback from the eight point deficit in the second half, but while going blow for blow with the Chargers, NMCC could only cut the hole to four at the end of the third peiord with the score 43-39.
The Chargers exploded for 17 points in period number four, their biggest single point total for the game. NMCC could only amass 11 in the quarter, thus falling 60-50 and to 0-2 on the season.
Junior Mackal Kimble led the Eagles in scoring with 11 points as he went 3-10 from the field, 1-3 from behind the arc and 2-4 from the charity stripe.
With a perfect shooting performance from the field, Malcolm Long followed Kimble closely with 10 points.
Covington junior Courtney Jones led all scorers in the game with 14 points.
"We need to work on our post game more. We also need to get more penetration while running our offense," said coach Fields.
"I thought we played them very well defensively, we just couldn't get out shots to fall when we needed them to. We need to go up strong instead of trying to shoot fadeaways all the time."