(Photo by Chris Pobst, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- They opened strong, but the Scott County Central Braves could not stave off a charge by Covington.
Scott Central's second game of the Riverbend Classic Saturday at New Madrid County Central High School went in favor of the Chargers 73-64.
"We came out in the first half with a lot of intensity," Scott Central head coach Frank Staple said. "We did a lot of things better, but the big thing today that I think cost us the game was that we struggled with the pressure."
The pressure began to mount in the second quarter when Covington, down by seven at one point, broke loose for a 9-0 run to take a 27-25 lead. They eventually went on to hold a 30-27 advantage over the Braves at halftime.
Scott Central (0-2) opened the game taking a 16-10 first quarter lead.
"I thought we contested everything well," said Staple. "They just hit some big shots. We knew they were a good shooting team coming in."
The Braves struggled with turnovers all night long. Covington played a big part in that with 15 steals on the night.
But, Scott Central also had a hard time shrinking their own turnover margin but simply not holding on to the ball or allowing themselves to get in too big of a hurry offensively.
"There were a lot of unforced errors," Staple said. "A lot of that could be because we're not in shape. We're still trying to shake some of that rust off. Those are things that we'll make note of and try to improve on."
Although the tide had turned by halftime, the Braves continued to hang around in the second half.
They found themselves down by eight (58-50) with just under six minutes remaining and then down by seven with 60 seconds left after two made free throws from Larandis Banks. However, the Braves didn't score again.
Covington was led by Demetrius Dyson's 21 points. The 6-6 senior also had eight rebounds and four blocks. Bobby Shanks, a 6-2 sophomore, added 19 points and nine rebounds. Tarecus Hughes chipped in 16 points, while Chevia Hughes had eight points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Senior Jaylen Porter led the Braves with 16 points and nine rebounds. Despite and off night, going 5 of 17 from the field, Banks scored 15 points. Tyler Masters added 11 and seven rebounds while Kendall Blissett chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
"That's why you play this weekend," said Staple about his two games at the Riverbend. "You come here to play against good competition to see where you are."
SCC (64) -- Larandis Banks 15, Alex Johnson 2, Tyler Masters 11, Blain Johnson 7, Jaylen Porter 16, Kendall Blissett 9, Jeffrey Porter 4. FG 24 FT 14-24 F 25. (3-pointers: B. Johnson 1, Ja. Porter 1. Fouled out: Tyler Masters.)
COVINGTON (73) -- Tarecus Hughes 16, Kaleb Estes 4, Chevia Hughes 8, Jalen Claybon 5, Demetrius Dyson 21, Bobby Shanks 19. FG 26 FT 17-37 F 22. (3-pointers: T. Hughes 2, Claybon 1, Shanks 1. Fouled out: Jesse Somerville, Keyon Perry.)
Kennett 71, Pine Bluff 70
With four seconds left, sophomore Harold Weeden gave the Kennett Indians a 71-70 win against Pine Bluff, Ark., during Saturday's first game of the Riverbend Classic at New Madrid County Central High School.
Weeden, who finished with eight points, took a pass from Kevonte Mitchell, drove the lane and put up a shot that rolled in.
Mitchell led the Indians with 28 points while Antavies Drake scored 19.
Pine Bluff's Darren kee had a team high 28 points.
KENNETT (71) -- Antavies Drake 19, Jay Edgington 9, Akeem Nelson 2, Collin Smith 1, Kevonte Mitchell 28, Harold Weeden 8, Divante Taylor 4. FG 23 FT 20-27 F 16. (3-pointers: Edgington 3, Drake 2. Fouled out: none)
PINE BLUFF (70) -- Jalon Pullium 5, Quintaurs Walker 8, Marcus Thomas 9, Darren Kee 28, Ervin Jones 10, KaVon Cassidy 4, Michael Sission 6. FG 29 FT 10-12 F 20. (3-pointers: Thomas 1, Kee 1. Fouled out: Cassidy)