Tigers open hoops season with OT win

Friday, November 20, 2015
Marshall County's Malek Sain, seen here in a game last season, opened the 2015-2016 campaign with 29 points at Fayetteville Tuesday night. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigers tipped off their hoops season Tuesday night at Fayetteville City and came away with an exciting 81-73 overtime win.

"I am very proud and happy for the guys, especially those who are role players that got a chance to experience game time situations," MCHS coach Arnett Bodenhamer said. "I feel the guys fought and played hard for four quarters, and as a coach that's a positive note."

Missing gridders

MCHS took the court at Fayetteville minus nine players, who are still playing playoff football.

Steven Dangerfield, Tre Crutcher, Tre Fields, Curtis Keiler, Montrell Harris, D'Andre Brown, Darius Mckenzie, Donathon Tears and JQ Haislip all are still playing for gridiron glory.

"They have another obligation right now and we are cheering for our guys on that football field to bring that gold football home to Marshall," Bodenhamer said. "The players know how I feel about not having those others guys not with us right now, its next man up."

Great guards

What the Lewisburg Tigers did have is the guard tandem of senior Malek Sain and sophomore Caleb Fields, who combined for 53 points with Sain leading the MCHS scoring with 29 points, including four 3-pointers.

Bodenhamer also got some solid production from JD Chavours (10 pts.), KJ Johnson (8), Lamazas Dotson (6) and Quavion Harris (6).

"Last night we had a couple of guys step up and it was a solid team win from top to bottom," the coach said.

51-point night

Marshall County had to withstand an incredible single game performance by Fayetteville's Nicholas Hopkins, who poured in 51 points, including seven treys in the contest.

"Nick Hopkins is a DI player, I repeat Nick Hopkins is a DI player," Bodenhamer exclaimed. "He's the real deal and a great kid too. Man that kid is good."

Marshall County led 32-27 at the half, but their namesakes from Fayetteville won the second half 39-34, tying the game at 56 at the end of regulation.

The Lewisburg Tigers prevailed in the overtime period to secure the season-opening triumph.

"I told the kids last night we have a long ways to go," Bodenhamer said. "I love my group to death, but it's like having two kids and only one of them comes home for the holidays. You want both kids home with you to love and enjoy fun times together."

MCHS posted an 18-11 record last season, losing to Creek Wood in the Region 6AA semifinals.

"So I will feel a little at ease when I have my whole team, but again they have unfinished business to take care of and we are supporting them one hundred percent," the coach added.

The Tigers will be back in action next weekend when they travel to the Cane Ridge Thanksgiving Tournament.