There was a lot of anticipation heading into Saturday night's championship game at Westview High School as the Choctaws and the Knights had previously clashed during the 2011 season when Dyer County attended a pre-Christmas tournament hosted by Kenwood. The Choctaws won that tournament and the Knights, who returned all five starters from last season's squad, were looking for some payback.
The contest started slowly as the teams worked their way to a 7-7 tie with about three minutes to play in the opening quarter. The Choctaws then went on a 14-2 run and were well in control by the end of the period leading 24-9 heading into the second quarter. The two teams continued to battle but Kenwood was unable to stop Hubbs, who had 10 of his 25 game points in the second quarter including two long three's.
Ahmad has battled some injuries this season and McCord says that he is still not one hundred percent but he turned in his best performance since coming back from his latest injury with a double-double, accounting for 12 points and 11 rebounds.
"Jamaal is such a versatile player," said McCord. "He can shoot, he can rebound, and he can score. It is so nice to have him back, he gives us another double-digit performer."
McCord also had high praise for his bench, particularly Darrion Cliff, David Ray, D'Michael Smith and P.J. Miller, who continue to come off the bench and give the Choctaws solid minutes.
Dyer County fans also deserve praise for turning the away game into a home game as the Choctaw contingent came in huge numbers. Their hour-long drive was well rewarded as they were treated to some great basketball with the Choctaws hitting seven three's from four different players, including Mosley, who hit three baskets from downtown to finish with 13 points on the evening. Hubbs also had five electric dunks with the biggest coming in the fourth as Mosley stole the ball at half court and sprinted to the other end with Hubbs. Both players came to a dead stop under their basket with the crowd roaring in anticipation for what was to come. Mosley softly underhanded the ball to Hubbs who would finish it off with a huge dunk to put an exclamation point on the victory.
The Choctaws will get a few days of rest and then hit the practice floor again later in the week in preparation for South Fulton High School on Tuesday, Dec. 8.