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Mules hold off NMCC

Saturday, December 8, 2007

New Madrid County Central's Lance Price drives around Poplar Bluff's Riley Raulston
(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Poplar Bluff Mules used a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter to build a 51-38 lead on the New Madrid County Central Eagles Friday night and held on for 60-56 win in the fifth place game of the SEMO Conference Tournament.

Poplar Bluff was dominate on the boards in the fourth quarter, getting numerous put backs during their run.

"I think our biggest problem was we gave up way too many offensive boards," said NMCC coach Travis Day. "We're right there, but there is always one quarter that causes us problems."

Down 51-38, the Eagles fought back as Dontre Jenkins scored eight points to get NMCC to within three points, but the Mules hit their free thows down the stretch to ice the game.

Jenkins led the Eagles with 14 points while Lance Price and Justin Beasley finished with 11 and 10 respectively.

New Madrid County Central's Dontre Jenkins goes up for two of his 14 points Friday night
(Photo by Andrew Powell, Staff)
"We shot it pretty good today," Day said. "I told them that whenever they run their offense and set screens for each other then we'll get wide open shots."

Poplar Bluff was led by Riley Raulston's 18 points, 14 of which came in the first half.

"Good players, you know you're not going to stop, you just try to contain them," Day said. "I think we did better of that in the second half. He was a focal point for us and we weren't going to let him just dominate us and I think we stepped up."

NMCC finished the game with only 11 turnovers, much less than their season average.

"We fixed our turnovers, we only had 11 and we've been averaging 27, but we cure one thing and something else pops up on us," Day said. "It's early and we've just got to get all the little bugs out. The potential is there, it's just the little things that are killing us right now."

NMCC (2-3) will travel to Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

"We're getting there," Day said. "It's a slow process but I think we're going to be a team that is there at the end of the year."