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McCord reaches 200 wins; Choctaws roll

Monday, January 28, 2013

DC head coach Derek McCord (l) receives an explanation on a call from official Donnie Joyner during Friday's 70-43 win over Hardin County. The win was significant as McCord earned his 200th victory with the Choctaws.
Though the game was billed as a heavyweight battle involving two of the top teams in District 13AAA, the slugfest most expected when Dyer County and Hardin County met on Friday never materialized.

The result was an early knockout by the Choctaws over the Tigers, 70-43, in a contest Dyer County head coach Derek McCord earned his 200th win in just seven seasons spearheading the program.

While McCord was happy to reach the milestone, he was more pleased with the way his squad rose to the challenge against a talented Hardin County squad that entered the game with just one loss on the season.

DC's Bubba Bostic (above) looks to avoid a Hardin County defender.
"Hardin County has a good basketball team and coach (Brian) Brown has done a great job with those guys, but I thought we were able to wear them down in the second half and the wheels fell off the wagon," said McCord. "This was a must-win for us and I'm proud of our guys for the way they played. This was a good win for the Choctaws."

As for the milestone of reaching 200 wins, McCord said the feat was accomplished due to far more than his coaching ability, citing numerous reasons the program has elevated to new heights under his direction.

"When we came in here and started this thing we had no idea what was going to happen. The program was coming off of back-to-back three-win seasons and it was going to take a lot of work to turn it around," he said. "The biggest reason we are where we are is, No.1 we have had some great kids that have bought into our system. We have a great and supportive administration and the best basketball fans in the entire state. We have a lot of fun in our program and our kids think they can win every game. When you have kids that feel that way, you're going to have success I believe."

Robert Hubbs III throws down one of his four dunks against Hardin County on Friday in Newbern.
Against the visiting Tigers, the Choctaws had a lot of fun.

Despite a slow start that resulted in a 12-7 DC lead at the end of the quarter, a 26-point second quarter highlighted by an alley-oop, rim-rattling dunk from LaMarcus Mosley to Robert Hubbs III lifted the Choctaws in front by double digits 26-15 with 2:30 lift in the half.

Over the final two minutes of the quarter, DC outscored the Tigers 12-4 to take a commanding, 38-19 lead at the break.

Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers in the third quarter. Leading by 28 and running away with the district contest, Hubbs drove from the baseline and threw down a thunderous dunk to up the Choctaw advantage to 59-29 and the rout was on.

The mercy rule was applied in the final quarter as the Choctaws cruised to their 20th win of the season.

Mosley led the Choctaw attack with 19 points that included four 3-pointers, Hubbs finished with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists, and Malik Pugh continued to show improvement at the point by finishing with 16 points and just two turnovers.

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Congradulations Derick on your 200th win!!!

-- Posted by Candyman on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 4:03 PM

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