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Late run lifts West Memphis over NMCC

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Madrid County Central's William Bledsoe has his shot blocked by West Memphis' Demarcus McVay Friday afternoon.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- Two costly turnovers towards the later stages of the fourth quarter by New Madrid County Central gave the West Memphis Blue Devils a chance to pull away for a 59-49 win on Friday night at the 15th annual Riverbend Classic.

Two steals were turned into four points by the Blue Devils which aided their 10-point advantage at the end of the game.

"That's how you know they are a good team," NMCC head coach Travis Day said. "When we made a mistake they made us pay for it. The mistakes we did have were the ones I knew we were going to make,"

Even with most of their players coming straight off the football field, NMCC's defense looked to be in mid-season form. It was a defensive struggle for the most part in the first half after a 7-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and an 18-16 advantage at the half, both by the Blue Devils.

"I loved our defense, the way it looked, for three-and-a-half quarters," Day said. "We played hard and got after it."

That defense kept the Eagles close for most of the game as the 36-32 third quarter score would indicate. However, Day said that conditioning caught up with NMCC in the fourth quarter which enabled West Memphis to gain a sizable lead with time ticking away.

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