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'Sixth man' gets assist in Vols' win

January 18, 2014

Starkville Academy's John McReynolds, right, looks to get the basketball up the court against Pillow Academy Friday night. (Photo by Jake Goodwin, For Starkville Daily News)

One step into the gym at Starkville Academy and it was clear the Volunteers had an extra weapon on their side.
“(You can) look at the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks with the 12th man,” Starkville Academy coach Mark Alexander said. “Our students were the sixth man (Friday night). They have been cooking that all week. I have them in my classes and they have been telling me what they were going to do. They wanted to be rowdy. They were the sixth man and it helped a lot. We appreciate their support tremendously.”
Judging by their action on the court it was clear the Vols were feeding off the fans energy as they defeated Pillow Academy 48-38 in what was a dramatic turnaround from the earlier matchup between the teams.

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