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Choctaws power past Trojans, 67-60

Monday, December 17, 2012

DC's Malik Pugh goes up strong in the paint against Millington on Friday in Newbern.
Entering Friday's contest against Millington, Dyer County figured to have a tough time while facing a disadvantage size-wise. However, while size may look good when stepping off the bus, being able to handle a fast and furious effort from the Choctaws is another thing all together.

The visiting Trojans did their best to blanket Robert Hubs III for the majority of the contest, holding the talented senior to 17 points. While Millington did a good job of limiting the Tennessee signee, they didn't do so well with the rest of the squad.

The end result was a 67-60 Choctaw victory in a game where the play of the bench was just as important as that of the starting five.

"They (Millington) were very big, strong and athletic. They challenged our shots and at times I thought our starting unit came out a little lackluster and we have to play better as the season goes," said Choctaw head coach Derek McCord. "We've got to come out a little bit more motivated. Dyer County basketball is about contesting every shot and I didn't think we did that very well early in the game."

While McCord wasn't overall pleased with the starting unit, he was very pleased with the second unit he inserted midway through the opening period with Dyer County (10-1, 3-0) on top 7-4.

"I really though our depth posed a problem for them, just like in the girls game," added McCord. "Our bench play was tremendous and definitely provided a spark that we needed early.

The second unit, led by D'Michael Smith with seven points over a five minute span, helped the Choctaws to take a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 16-12 advantage in the second quarter before Hubbs and company stepped back on the court.

Markeston Bostic gave DC a 20-13 lead on an assist from Hubbs and the Choctaws maintained the advantage right up until the end of the half, heading to the locker room with a 32-24 lead.

Hubbs was held to just four points in the first half, but in the final two quarters the Tennessee signee became more aggressive and starting making his presence known.

After sinking two at the charity stripe, Hubbs brought the crowd to its feet with a breakaway, 2-handed slam to up the lead to double digits, 39-28, with five minutes left in the quarter.

The final eight minutes was a classic as Millington came as close as one, 54-53, with four minutes to play. Fortunately for DC, the Choctaws went on a 7-2 run with baskets from Hubbs, PJ Miller and Bostic to up the lead to 61-55 before hanging on to win 67-60.

Hubbs led DC with 17 points, Bostic finished with 14, LaMarcus Mosley had 9, and Miller and Smith both finished with seven. Malik Pugh played well also and finihsed with six points.

"Once we got going I thought we played well. Got to give a tremendous amount of credit to our bench for the energy they came in with early in the game," added McCord. "It takes all of us playing well for us to be successful, and I think our guys coming off the bench really inspired the starters to play better tonight."

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