Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 23, 2013

Free throw shooting decisive in Dooly-Macon County twin bill

Montezuma — Free throw shooting figured prominently in both games of a Saturday night non-region doubleheader pitting border rivals Dooly and Macon counties.

Sinking 11 of their 15 gratis tosses, the visiting boys notched a 59-55 win over the host Bulldogs who in trying to duplicate or better their previous 56-52 triumph over the Bobcats went just five of 15 from the line.

Nailing a respectable 22 of 41 charity shots in comparison to Dooly’s woeful 4 of 26 firing, the homestanding Lady Bulldogs cruised to a second rout this season over the Lady Bobcats. A 65-32 winner in the first clash, they took the second, 73-45.

The split left the Bobcats with an overall record of 9-3 and the Lady Bobcats with a 2-10 log. Both will be in action twice this coming weekend, traveling to Central of Talbotton on Friday at 6 and hosting Hawkinsville on Saturday at 7.

Bobcats 59, Bulldogs 55

En route to their seventh consecutive win, the Bobcats jumped out to leads of 14-8 after a quarter and 31-19 at halftime and eventually made them stand up for a hard-earned victory.

While doing so, they weathered the pressure the Bulldogs put on them by triple-teaming whoever had the basketball. In the process, they forced numerous Dooly turnovers they failed to capitalize on due to their off night from the free throw line.

The trio of A.J. Smith, LaParris Hall and Jamari Baker accounted for most of Dooly’s scoring damage, sinking 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively.  Macon County got 15 points from Devontae Hudson and 10 from Marquis Harris.

Score by Quarters

Dooly County 14-17-8-20 — 59

Macon County 6-13-14-22 — 55

Scoring

Dooly County (59) — Trevoski Lundy 4, LaParris Hall 15, Jamari Baker 14, Kerreon Merrell 4, Mark Lloyd 4, A.J. Smith 16, Devaughn Mathis, Ray Adams.

Team totals: field goals 24; free throws 11 of 15 (73.3%); fouls 12; 3-pointers — none; fouled out — none.

Macon County (55) — Karltez Hooks 4, Devontae Hudson 15, Marquis Harris 10, Juwan Willock 5, Deon Joiner 9, Raquan Smith 6, JaVontae Maxie 2, Justin Hubbard 4.

Team totals: field goals 21; free throws 5 of 15 (33.3%); fouls 15; 3-pointers — Harris 2, Joiner 1, Hudson 1; fouled out — Willock.

Lady Bobcats 73, Lady ’Dogs 45

With 48 personal fouls being whistled, 67 free throws being attempted and an unavailable number of jump balls being called, this game lasted for almost two hours.

When it was over, the Lady Bulldogs’ better accuracy from the free throw line, their domination of the boards and the large number of turnovers committed by Dooly resulted in their easy win.

Tridedria Burke’s 18 points led the Lady Bobcats in scoring. Mykia Harris hit a game-high 27 for Macon County which got another 13 from Denautica Harris.

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