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Portageville routs Senath; Blytheville nips Poplar Bluff

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

SENATH -- The Portageville Bulldogs traveled to Senath on Tuesday night and defeated the Senath-Hornersville Lions 71-21.

The Bulldogs led 38-13 at the half and were never challenged by a young Lion team.

Senior Marcus Greene led Portageville with 16 points. Mikey Johnson had 12 points and Leonard Boyd chipped in with 12 points. Freshman Kony Ealy continues to play both on varsity and the junior varsity for the Bulldogs. In limited action, Ealy scored 10 points.

Portageville (5-0) earned the No. 3 seed in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament and will face No. 14 seed Bloomfield on Dec. 26 at 12:30 p.m.

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- With 26 lead changes and 11 ties there were plenty of big moments Tuesday night at Peters Gym.

But with under a minute to play, his team having just turned over the ball already trailing by a point, Blytheville's Javis Williams stood in the lane and took a charge.

Moments later Shontrell Johnson gave the Chickasaws the lead for good with a baseline jumper. With a pair of free throws by Melvin Brooks and a wild finish in which Poplar Bluff missed a tip in at the buzzer, Blytheville escaped with a 62-61 win.

"It was a hard-fought ballgame," Blytheville coach David Hixson said. "Obviously, it could have went either way."

Johnson scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the first quarter while Gabriel Osagie added 13 points for the Chicks (4-1), who handed Poplar Bluff (1-4) its first home loss in nearly five years.

Neither team led by more than six points and both sides hit 55 percent of their field goals. The difference was at the free-throw line where the Mules hit just 3-of-12, missing a pair with 16.8 seconds remaining in a one-point game.

Brooks then sank his two free throws for the final of his eight points with 11.1 to go for a 62-59 lead.

Poplar Bluff's Jordan Chaligoj, who connected on 6-of-10 3-point shots for 22 points, missed but TJ Stonecipher's put back again made it a one-point game with 0.2 of a second to go.

"The last thing we told them was to throw it down the floor but make sure you don't throw it out of bounds," Hixson said. But that's exactly what Blytheville did, giving the Mules the ball under their own basket for a last-

second tip in that came up short.

"That's the thing about us, we're really inexperienced," Hixson said. "You could see it tonight."

Blytheville's largest lead came at the end of the first quarter, 20-14, with Poplar Bluff's only returning starter -- 6-4 senior Rusty Bryant -- picking up two fouls in the first four minutes.

The Mules scored the first nine points of the second quarter to take the lead as the Chicks committed five of their 20 turnovers in a four-minute span. Johnson tied the game at 23 with a 3 but Poplar Bluff's David Stocks answered with one of his own, sparking a 7-2 run that gave the Mules their largest lead.

A pair of steals by Osagie and Marcus Chew cut Blytheville's deficit to 30-28 at halftime.

In the second half there were 18 lead changes and the largest lead The game was tied 41-41 heading into the final quarter. Poplar Bluff, which had won 39 straight home games, took a 59-58 lead on Phillip Brown's pull-up jumper with 1:40 to go.

Skyler Holeman's steal followed, but Williams drew a charge at the other end with 45 seconds left.

"To come here on the road, against a really good basketball team -- they've got a good outfit -- and to come away with a win, we're happy," Hixson said.

Poplar Bluff won the junior varsity game 49-41.

Some information provided by Brian Rosener of the SEMO News Service.