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Fayetteville thumps Bulldogs

Friday, January 4, 2013

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Cornersville's Chance Dalton drives around Fayetteville's Aaron Parks in the third quarter. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber
The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-11) took one on the chin last Friday afternoon when they were defeated 74-39 by the Fayetteville Tigers (7-5) at the Richland Christmas Classic.

CHS narrowly lost to Fayetteville 48-47 in their previous meeting on Nov. 30, but the Tigers completely dominated Friday's game and built a 43-14 lead in the first half before outscoring the Bulldogs 31-25 over the final two quarters to cruise to their third win of the season over Cornersville.

"I just don't think we were ready to play today and didn't look like we wanted it as bad as Fayetteville," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "They went on a run at the start of the game that really hurt us.. We can't spot people points early. That was probably the worst half of basketball that we've played all year."

With their transition game setting up a number of easy layups, the Tigers shot an impressive 52 percent (28-of-54) from the field overall despite hitting only 3-of-14 attempts from three-point range. Fayetteville also committed just 13 turnovers, outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-16, and held a 15-4 edge on the offensive glass.

Cornersville, conversely, turned the ball over 19 times and finished with only 12 field goals on 32 percent shooting, which included a 4-of-14 effort from beyond the arc.

"We tried to play at their tempo and we can't do that," said Randolph. "We have to dictate the tempo and slow the game down. We didn't do that and we found out what happens."

James Keith paced three Tiger players in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Nicholas Hopkins followed Keith with 13 points and Isaiah Thompson tallied 10 points. Michael Parks and Darren Patterson added seven and six points as well, while Andrew Lawson and Isaiah Steele each notched four points with Lawson grabbing a game high 10 rebounds. Kendrell Hall also chipped in three points for Fayetteville, and Aaron Parks, Dorian Thompson, and Darrion King each had two points.

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Cornersville's Zack Smith knocks down a three-pointer over Fayetteville's Darren Patterson in the second quarter.
Tate Lowery led the Bulldogs with 15 points and four assists, while Zack Smith and Hayden McMahon tallied eight and seven points respectively with McMahon recording three blocked shots. David Looney scored three points for CHS as well, and Dakota Lovett, Chance Dalton, and J.D. Crabtree had two points apiece.

"I just don't think we were ready to play today and didn't look like we wanted it as bad as Fayetteville," said CHS coach Gerard Randolph. "They went on a run at the start of the game that really hurt us.. We can't spot people points early. That was probably the worst half of basketball that we've played all year."

With their transition game setting up a number of easy layups, the Tigers shot an impressive 52 percent (28-of-54) from the field overall despite hitting only 3-of-14 attempts from three-point range. Fayetteville also committed just 13 turnovers, outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-16, and held a 15-4 edge on the offensive glass.

Cornersville, conversely, turned the ball over 19 times and finished with only 12 field goals on 32 percent shooting, which included a 4-of-14 effort from beyond the arc.

"We tried to play at their tempo and we can't do that," said Randolph. "We have to dictate the tempo and slow the game down. We didn't do that and we found out what happens."

James Keith paced three Tiger players in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Nicholas Hopkins followed Keith with 13 points and Isaiah Thompson tallied 10 points. Michael Parks and Darren Patterson added seven and six points as well, while Andrew Lawson and Isaiah Steele each notched four points with Lawson grabbing a game high 10 rebounds. Kendrell Hall also chipped in three points for Fayetteville, and Aaron Parks, Dorian Thompson, and Darrion King each had two points.

Tate Lowery led the Bulldogs with 15 points and four assists, while Zack Smith and Hayden McMahon tallied eight and seven points respectively with McMahon recording three blocked shots. David Looney scored three points for CHS as well, and Dakota Lovett, Chance Dalton, and J.D. Crabtree had two points apiece.