The Dyer County Choctaws won the Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament three years in a row from 2008-2010. The Choctaws did not play the tournament in 2011 opting to accept an invitation to play in the Southern Resorts Beach Bash in Fort Walton, Fla.
After opening with a 30-point victory over Bradford High School, 106-76 on Thursday evening, the competition may be wishing the Choctaws were in Florida this year as well.
Dyer County exploded early on to take a 12-point lead in the first half only to have the Red Devils come back and tie the game at 25. Bradford hit five 3's in the first half that kept the game close. However, the Choctaw depth was too much for the single-A school and the close affair was short lived. Dyer County quickly regained the lead in the second period and never looked back.
The Choctaws had four of five starters turn in double-digit performances led by Robert Hubbs III with 36 points. Also in double figures were Jamaal Ahmad with 15, Markeston "Bubba" Bostic with 13 and LaMarcus Mosley with 12.
Dyer County was greatly aided by 20 Red Devil turnovers compared to only four of their own. The Choctaws were very physical throughout the game outrebounding Bradford 45-33. Hubbs accounted for nine of those rebounds and not far behind was D'Michael Smith, who gave Dyer County quality minutes off the bench and accounted for three points and eight rebounds. Eleven of 13 players scored for the Choctaws who improve to 13-1 on the year and extend their winning streak to 12 games.
The Choctaws struggled from beyond the arc hitting only 6 of 22 attempts while Bradford connected on 7 of 20 shots. Dyer County finished the night hitting less than 50 percent of their shots and succeeded on only 20 of 35 opportunities from the charity line.
Dyer County will take on Station Camp today at 2:30 p.m.