Dyer County began the game well in control as they opened up an 11-2 lead on South Fulton, but the Red Devils battled back cutting the Choctaw lead to four by the end of the first quarter, 18-14. After several lead changes early in the second period, the Choctaws took control of the game led by Hubbs, who put on a three-point show in the first half, going 4-of-5 from downtown including two NBA-distance 3's. Hubbs closed the half with an exclamation dunk at the buzzer after a steal and breakaway by LaMarcus Mosley. Hubbs was not alone as Mosley and P.J. Miller also hit baskets from downtown in the first half to give the Choctaws a 38-31 halftime lead.
Hubbs, well-known for his electrifying dunks, showed how well he can shoot the ball from beyond the arc hitting 7-of-9 3's in the contest. Miller also showed his shooting ability hitting 3-of-4 from downtown. Dyer County was 12-of-21 from three-point range on the night. Hubbs was joined in double figures by Jamaal Ahmad and Bubba Bostic each with 11, Miller with 15 and D'Michael Smith with 10.
"We started kind of sluggish," said head coach Derek McCord. "Robert showed how versatile he is and P.J. Miller played hard. Coach Miller has a great program and they played very well tonight."
In the girls contest, the Lady Choctaws struggled on the boards as the Lady Red Devils were able to capitalize on second chances to defeat Dyer County in come-from-behind fashion 62-53. The Lady Choctaws were outrebounded 42-28 in the contest, allowing South Fulton opportunities to win the game. After a slow opening quarter by both squads, where only 12 total points were scored, the Lady Choctaws took control and scored 23 points in the second quarter to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Lady Choctaws led by as many as 10 in the period.
However, the Lady Red Devils came out in the second half and showed some fast and furious play of their own, battling Dyer County until they eventually tied the game at 34-34 with two minutes to play in the third period. Once South Fulton gained the lead they would never relinquish it on their way to a 62-53 victory.
The lone bright spot for Dyer County was Sara Owen, who had a career-high 27 points, most coming in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Choctaws tried to come from behind. Makayla Enochs posted her third consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Choctaws dropped to 12-5 on the year.
"We've got to do a better job of rebounding," said McCord. "You can't do that and win. We outplayed them in the first half but it's a four-quarter game."
The Choctaws and Lady Choctaws will next be seen in action at the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest, which is being hosted by Dyer County High School beginning on Thursday. For more information on the tournament or for tickets please contact Andrea Pope at DCHS at (731) 627-2229.