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East Oktibbeha drops decision to Louisville

December 31, 2011

It wasn't the way East Oktibbeha coach Barnett Robinson wanted to see his team play on the final day of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament.
The Titans couldn't overcome an off day in several areas and lost to the Louisville Wildcats 67-45 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Robinson said there were just too many missed opportunities for East Oktibbeha in trying to knock off a Class 4A opponent.
"We missed a lot of shots, lot of easy shots, (we had) turnovers, wasn't hustling back on defense and missed free throws," Robinson said. "We just played very flat. Louisville did a really good job of taking advantage of our mishaps. We didn't do well and didn't come to play ball."
Louisville jumped out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter, then went on a 9-0 run in the second quarter to increase the margin to 22-7 at the 4:22 mark.
The Titans closed the gap slightly to 24-12 with 2:56 remaining before halftime, but the Wildcats executed a flurry of baskets for another run of 10-0 to take control of the game. Louisville had a 34-12 advantage with 13 seconds left in the second quarter, but Devonte Lucious hit a 3-point basket as the horn sounded to bring East Oktibbeha within 34-15 at halftime.
The highlight of the game for the Titans came at the end of the third quarter when guard Bryton Conley pulled up just beyond the halfcourt line and hit a shot at the buzzer. Even with the impressive conversion, East Oktibbeha still trailed 50-31.
Lucious led the Titans with 14 points, while Davalyn Bell added 12 points and Chris Harris chipped in 10 points.
For the Wildcats, Jamere Eichelberger had 19 points, while Terry Carter added 18 points and Hilliard Smith contributed 12 points.
Louisville coach Hilliard Hudson liked seeing the balance in the scoring department.
"One thing we preach to them is we want to share that ball and it doesn't matter who is getting it," Hudson said. "If a guy is on, we want them to get the ball. That's what happened."
Even with East Oktibbeha only getting one win in three games at the tournament, Robinson believes the competition and playing at Humphrey Coliseum benefitted his team.
"It was great and a lot of these guys had never been inside the Hump," Robinson said. "To actually come inside, and not only come inside, but to actually play on the floor was a great experience for them," Robinson said.
Carroll, La. 75,
Strong, Ark. 45

The battle of the Bulldogs went the way of Carroll, La.
After jumping out to a 28-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, Carroll increased the margin to 42-23 at halftime.
JaCarre Crockett led four players in double figures for Carroll with 18 points. James Donahue had 15 points, Joshua Burton added 12 points and Dennis Price chipped in 10 points for the Bulldogs from Louisiana.
Carroll won two of its three games in the tournament with its only loss being to Starkville 59-45 on Thursday night.
Stetson Billings poured in 29 points for Strong, Ark., which lost all three of its decisions at the tournament.

Jackson Olin (Tenn.) 50,
New Hope 41

The Trojans couldn't dig themselves out of the hole it created in the first half and came away from the tournament with a split of its two games.
Olin increased a 17-10 lead it had at the end of the first quarter to 31-20 by halftime. Lawrence Brown had seven of the 20 first-half points for New Hope but it was not enough to keep it in the game early.
After the advantage grew to 44-30 for the Mustangs at the end of the third quarter, the Trojans scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 44-37.
New Hope couldn't keep up the momentum as Olin got the next four points to push its lead back to double digits at 48-37.
Kieston Standfield led the Mustangs with 21 points, while Jerrell Pippen added 10 points. Olin won two of the three games it played in the tournament with the only loss being to Carroll, La., 64-56 on Wednesday.
For the Trojans, Brown scored 17 points.

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