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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New Madrid County Central's Jordan Kimball attempts to drive past Sikeston's Isaac Porter.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs overcame a slow start to post their eighth straight victory, defeating New Madrid County Central 84-56 on Tuesday night at the Field House.

The Bulldogs are now 17-6 on the season heading into Friday's regular season finale against Kennett at the Field House.

Sikeston also improved to 6-2 in the SEMO Conference but they were eliminated from a potential tie for the league title by virtue of Charleston's win against Cape Central Tuesday.

The Bulldogs have won six of their last eight against NMCC, including a victory in the Sikeston Invitational back in December.

But as sharp as the Bulldogs looked Tuesday, things didn't start so well as the Eagles bolted out to a 9-0 first quarter lead.

"We were a little sluggish coming out and we weren't doing the things we needed to do and I thought we picked the tempo up offensively and defensively," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "You have to give New Madrid credit, they came out the first few minutes and took it to us."

But after NMCC's initial burst, the Bulldogs controlled every facet of the game.

The Bulldogs quickly erased the nine-point deficit as they eventually tied the score at 13-13 on Rod Moore's conventional 3-point play.

Sikeston eventually led 23-20 at the end of one.

They continued to pour it on in the second quarter as they pushed the lead to 42-33 by halftime.

"It didn't take long for Sikeston to realize that they had to come and play," said NMCC coach Lennies McFerren. "We started off playing on adrenaline, eventually that's going to leave you. Sikeston took that out of us right after that spurt and then they showed what they were really made of -- which is a heck of a ballclub."

Sikeston put the lead into double digits to start the third quarter and NMCC never was able to get any closer.

The Eagles had cut the score to 43-35 early in the third quarter on an Antonio McIntosh, but the Bulldogs responded with a 16-2 run to blow the game open.

"We were in the game and I didn't think we had played very well up to halftime," said McFerren. "But the reason we weren't playing very well was due to Sikeston doing the things they did. They ran the floor exceptionally well and they got some easy shots. And then you take away some of those shots, they have some guys that have the confidence to step out and knock the 3 down. There's nothing that we could do that could've stopped them tonight."

Sikeston eventually led 68-49 at the end of the third quarter.

The Bulldogs continued to pull away in the fourth quarter until Holifield emptied his bench until the final horn.

"Coach Holifield has done one heck of a job with these guys and I look for them to go a long ways in district and state playoffs if they continue to keep the attitude that they have now," said McFerren.

Sikeston was led in scoring by freshman Michael Porter, who despite being ill during the week, still dominated the game with 23 points (11-13 shooting), four rebounds and four assists, all coming in about three quarters of action.

Porter's effort caught the eye of McFerren.

"He's a freshman and we've got seniors on the ballclub that don't even come close to the caliber that he is right now," said McFerren. "That tells you how good he's actually going to be if he continues to work hard and do the things coach Holifield is trying to get him to do. As far as young players, he's one of the finest players around in our area."

Holifield said his team is starting to pass the ball as well as they have all season.

"I thought we really moved the ball well -- we had moments where we passed the ball in our interior offense very well," said Holifield. "Our post players inside really moved the ball well. We really played as a team offensively and that's the key to our success on offense."

The Bulldogs consistently beat the Eagles down the floor for transition baskets, including a pair of crowd-pleasing slam dunks by Porter.

The Bulldogs finished with an impressive 26 assists.

"We just pushed the ball out and had some opportunities to push the ball," said Holifield. "We had some good looks and that's a key to our offense, to just get out and go."

Bulldog junior Julian Beard continued his strong play as the scored 15 points with five steals and three assists.

Junior Isaac Porter had a nice all-around game, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.

NMCC was led by Shaun Newsom and Marquese Gates who each scored 12 points. Jordan Kimball added 11 points and Reggie Cole added 10 points.

NMCC will play at Jackson on Thursday in a makeup game. They will host Portageville on Friday.

The Sikeston J.V. team improved to 17-6 on the season with a 57-33 victory against NMCC's J.V. team (13-5).

Sikeston improves to 6-2 in conference play while NMCC falls to 4-3 in league play.

Sikeston jumped out to a 10-5 first quarter lead and led 20-13 at halftime. They put the game away with a strong third quarter, out-scoring the Eagles 20-8 to lead 40-21 heading into the fourth.

Sikeston was led by Stephen Jackson, who scored a season-high 18 points (9

-11 shooting). Brandon Washington added 12 points with six rebounds and three assists.

Richard Andrews had 10 points with four assists and four steals. James Bonner added eight points with 10 rebounds. Sherwin Jones had five assists and two steals.