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Sunday, January 6, 2008

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Sikeston's Michael Porter blocks an outlet pass of Brian Parham.
SIKESTON--On a cold Friday night outside, the rivalry between the Sikeston Bulldogs and the Charleston Bluejays kept plenty of fans nice and warm inside the Sikeston Field House as the Bulldogs won the contest by a score of 56-47. For Sikeston, it was the first win over their rival at the Field House since the 1999-2000 season.

The Bulldogs' pressure defense was too much for the Bluejays to handle, as they put a halt to the interior game of Charleston's Brian Parham and Donald Dixon. The two combined for 23 of the team's total points, with Parham scoring 10, including two 3-pointers, and Dixon scoring 13. Parham also recorded eight rebounds.

Charleston won the tip, and led the game until 2:40 in the first quarter, as the Bulldogs took their first lead 12-11, and didn't look back. Sikeston led by just two points after one quarter, 16-14, but went on to outscore the Bluejays 17-14 in the second quarter, for a lead of 33-28 at half-time.

With guard Matt Ritch out of the game due to injury, Dominic McCray and Juqualin Wiggins had to step up and take control of the ball for Sikeston head coach Gregg Holifield.

"We were really missing Matt (Ritch)," Holifield said. "He's one of our primary ball handlers and one of our playmakers."

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Charlelston's Jerquawn Sherrell drives past Sikeston's Juqualin Wiggins.
"We tried to slow the tempo down, because their guards are so quick," he added. "But I thought we did a pretty decent job of that. We didn't have a whole lot of time to adjust without (Ritch)."

The Bluejay ball handlers were nearly held scoreless during the third quarter, as the lone point from a guard came from Jerquawn Sherrell on a free throw attempt. Charleston's first points in the third quarter came with 4:11 left to go in the quarter. The other six points in the quarter came from Dixon and Parham.

Sikeston's third quarter scoring was as equally quiet as Charleston's, as the Bulldogs only put up eight points, four each from Sherwin Jones and Brandon Washington. Jones finished the night with 13 points, while Washington added 12.

The Bluejays eventually cut the lead to two points with 7:15 left to play in the fourth quarter, but that would precede the Michael Porter show, as he went on to put up eight points to take control of the game and help lead the home team to victory.

Porter finished the game with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting to lead all scorers. He also added 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and five steals. Sikeston scored 15 points, to the Bluejays' 12 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the red-and-black.

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Wikeston's Michael Porter and Charleston's Brian Parham fight for a loose ball.
The Bulldogs as a team recorded 36 rebounds, 28 coming on the defensive end of the floor.

Wiggins only came up with two points, but had seven big rebounds and five key assists.

Porter gave credit of the win to the guards who stepped up and took command of the ball game.

"Our guards won the game for us," Porter said. "I'm glad they stepped up, because we have a player (Ritch) that's out right now. They won the game for us tonight."

Sikeston won the game, despite going 3-for-18 at the free-throw line and committing 20 turnovers.

"We did not shoot free-throws well tonight," Holifield said. "That was a disappointment, because we've been shooting them so well lately. I think a lot had to do with the fact that our kids were so fired up about the game."

Charleston's head coach Danny Farmer said that his squad had a tough time with Sikeston's quick defenders.

"I thought our effort was there," Farmer said. "We played a good enough defensive game to win, but we missed too many easy shots and too many free-throws, but I think they (Sikeston) had a lot to do with that. They had two big tall guys checking our shots--they played defense pretty good."

Antonio Riggens led the way for the Bluejays, scoring 17 points, on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. He also added three 3-pointers.

Farmer said the road for Charleston will not get any easier anytime soon, as their next three games are against New Madrid County Central, Scott County Central and Notre Dame.

"We're going to have to play tough to try to win a couple," Farmer said.

Holifield said that his squad is trying to improve with each game, and will continue to work hard every time they step on the floor.

"We have Fredericktown next, which is an important district game," Holifield said. "They're a good team. We'll have to come ready to play."

Charleston (10-4) heads to NMCC on Tuesday evening, while Sikeston (10-2) will square-off with Fredericktown on Tuesday at the Sikeston Field House. Both games have junior varsity contests starting at 6 p.m. with varsity action to follow.

Sikeston also won the junior varsity game 50-39. Corey Porter led the Bulldogs with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Eli Jackson chipped in 15 points and Will Holifield had 11.