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'Dogs rout NMCC in third place game

Sunday, December 11, 2005

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Sikestn's Josh Porter is surrounded by NMCC Eagles.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs captured third place in the 34th Annual Sikeston Invitational Tournament with a dominating 67-45 victory against New Madrid County Central.

The Bulldogs led just 19-15 after one quarter and saw NMCC cut the lead to 19-17 to start the second period.

But Sikeston blew the game open with a 17-0 run to take a 36-17 lead. NMCC was able to score to make it 36-19 at halftime but the damage had already been done.

"Sikeston was ready to play and they took it to another level and we didn't match it," said NMCC coach Lennies McFerren. "We relied on outside shooting and our defense as a team just wasn't there. They had a roll going on and there was nothing we could do to stop it. They played real well."

Sikeston continued to pour it on in the third quarter as they out-scored the Eagles 22-13 to lead 58-32 heading into the final frame.

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Isaac Porter
The Bulldogs led by as much as 28 points in the fourth quarter as reserves played the rest of the way.

Sikeston (3-2) has won five of the last seven meetings with NMCC (1-4).

The Bulldogs had a much better shooting night as they made 4-of-6 from 3-

point range and were 27-52 (52 percent) from the field overall.

"We had better shot selection and I've seen improvement in the last two days," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "We missed some easy shots in the first half that hurt us some, but overall the kids played well and were unselfish. We're going to get better and better with time. We got a lot accomplished in practice the last couple days in practice."

Sikeston had 12 different players reach the scoring column led by senior guard Kash Bratcher's 15 points. He was 3-of-5 from downtown and also had six assists and four rebounds.

Isaac Porter, Ray Rogers and Michael Porter each had nine points with the latter also grabbing four rebounds with three blocks and three steals.

Rod Moore had eight points with five rebounds and two steals.

"I thought we played more unselfish tonight," said Holifield. "We hit the open man and passed the ball around. I thought our shot selection was poor in this tournament the first two games. I thought it was much better tonight. We didn't rebound very well and we did a poor job of blocking out tonight. There are so many areas that we have to get better. We were really disappointed with the Charleston game. We didn't play very well and our kids were embarrassed with that. We had two really good days of practice where they focused and made some improvements."

The Bulldogs were able to take control of the game with an aggressive zone defense. NMCC had trouble making shots from the perimeter, hitting zero 3-

pointers on the night.

Leslie Williams and Jordan Kimball led the Eagles with eight points apiece.

"We're just going to have to recognize that we're not the shooters that we think we are, especially from that distance," said McFerren. "When we learn to play within ourselves and do the things we're capable of doing, we'll be a lot better."

Sikeston will host Farmington at 6 p.m. on Tuesday while NMCC will travel to play Notre Dame in a SEMO Conference matchup.

In the fifth place game, Osceola jumped out to an 18-7 first quarter lead and never looked back against Lyon County (Ky.).

The Seminoles (1-6) had too much quickness for Lyon County (0-6), whose lineup is dotted with sophomores, freshmen and even two eighth graders.

Osceola led 34-21 at the half and 47-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Seminoles, still playing without 6-6 standout Lonnie Dabney, were led by Todd Richmond's 21 points. Danny McNeal had 12 points and Jimmon Caruthers added 10 points.

Mitchell Peeler led the Lyons with eight points.