Warriors defeat CMS Bulldogs

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
CMS' Justin Singleton scores on a layup in the first quarter against Culleoka. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After opening the season with a 43-27 loss to Columbia Academy two days earlier, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs saw their record fall to 0-2 on Saturday when they were beaten 44-33 on the road by the Culleoka Warriors.

Culleoka was in total command of the game early on and built a 26-12 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville 8-2 in the third quarter to open up a 34-14 advantage.

The Bulldogs then came storming back in the fourth quarter and put together an 18-6 run behind 12 points from point guard Dayveontae Brown and baskets from Dillard Hatchett, J.D. Crabtree, and Ben Proctor to slice the deficit to 40-32 with 1:45 left.

The Warriors, though, stemmed Cornersville's momentum by scoring the next two baskets to push their lead to 44-32 with :54 remaining before eventually claiming the 11-point victory.

"We won the second half by a point and we made as many mistakes as we did in the first half, but our effort was a lot better," said CMS coach Adrian Wilson. "When we fought back and cut it down to single digits late, I think it helped our confidence some. I'm proud of them because we're young and inexperienced right now, but there is definitely room for improvement."

Although the Bulldogs held a 2-0 edge in three-pointers, Culleoka finished with a 18-14 advantage in field goals overall and outscored Cornersville 8-3 at the foul line. The Warriors also outrebounded CMS 30-22 and held a 17-12 edge on the offensive glass.

Brown led the Bulldogs with 16 points, three steals and two assists, while Crabtree added five points. Mason Hobby and Proctor each tallied three points as well, and Justin Singleton, Ty Landers, and Hatchett chipped in two points apiece with Singleton pulling down six rebounds.

Tez Rogers paced the Warriors' offensive attack by pouring in 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Savon Tears, Mason Lovell, and Peyton Harris also notched eight, seven, and four points respectively for Culleoka.