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NMCC, Charleston open year in Riverbend Classic

Sunday, December 1, 2002

Charleston's Deshaundry Hamilton goes in for a shot.
NEW MADRID - New Madrid County Central's new head coach David Fields began the season Friday night by watching his team fall 43-41 to Sylvan Hills (Ark.).

"We knew this would be tough from the beginning," said coach Fields. "We did see some good things, but we have got to work on getting penetration and on hitting our shots inside. We had the shots we wanted, we just couldn't hit them."

"Couldn't hit," would be the optimal term as NMCC only hit one bucket in the third period and only dropped in 11 points in the final frame.

Junior Edgar Givens led the Eagles with 14 points. Givens also hit over half of New Madrid's field goals as he drilled in seven.

The Eagles did have their chances in the game as Sylvan Hills only scored 18 points in the second half, and with 11 seconds left in the game, sophomore Michael Rose nailed a three to tie the score at 41.

With the crowd on their feet, Sylvan Hills drove the ball up court and found a wide open Dexter Wayne for two points with three seconds left.

New Madrid attempted a basket at the end of regulation, but was unsuccessful as Sylvan Hills rolled on for the win.

"I thought we held them pretty well," said coach Fields, "but we still have some things to work on. We also didn't really get into our offense tonight - we played their game."

Charleston junior Kewain Gant led the Blue Jays on the night with 16 points. Gant was followed by Deshaundry Hamilton on the night with 15 points including six buckets and a trey.

Junior Patrick Taylor dropped in 15 points for the Chargers including three 3-pointers.

The Blue Jays allowed Covington to stay in the game all night, and gave them a golden opportunity as Ashton Farmer attempted a backwards dunk and was given a technical for hanging on the rim.

Covington, though, would only make one of the two stripers and would turn the ball over after the inbound.

"I'm very pleased with the effort the boys gave tonight," said Blue Jay head coach Danny Farmer. "This was a very good team that we played tonight, but I am glad to see that our boys stepped up and played hard."

The Zebras from Pine Bluff, Ark., gave Caruthersville its first loss of the season as head coach Ronald Moragne began his twelfth season at the school.

Six-foot senior Jarome Addison scored 20 points in leading the Zebras to victory while teammate Navonta Kantle dropped in 17.

Caruthersville's only two players in double digits were: Shaudre Jennings, with 13 points, and Chris Springer with 11.

One of the better points for the Tigers was that they shot over 85 percent from the free throw line, while Pine Bluff was barely over 50 percent.