Javion Hamlet and Rashawn Fredericks had double-doubles both Friday night and Saturday afternoon to lead the Motlow State Bucks to a sweep of visiting Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents over the weekend at Copperweld Arena.
The Bucks (21-3, 10-2) have now won 15 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history and just one behind the all-time record of 16 set in 1987-88. Motlow travels to Morristown Friday to play Walters State, then visits Roane State in Harriman on Saturday.
The Bucks enjoy a three game lead over four other teams tied for second place in the TCCAA, each with five losses. With only six games remaining in the regular season, the Bucks are closing in on the school’s first trip to the nationals since 2012-13, and only the fifth conference title in school history. Every four years the TCCAA gets two men’s teams into the national tournament; the regular season champion and the tournament champion. If those two champions are the same team, then the tournament runner-up also goes to the nationals, held each year in Hutchinson, Kansas.
BUCKS 91 CHATTANOOGA STATE 69
Friday night the Bucks were able to avenge one of their three losses on the season, blowing out Chattanooga State behind 54.7 percent shooting, including 8-15 from behind the three-point line. Motlow started fast, building a 46-28 halftime advantage.
The Tigers closed the gap to 62-58 midway through the second half, but the Bucks’ 45-26 rebounding edge and the forcing of 21 Chattanooga State turnovers enabled Motlow to open the lead again and win going away.
Fredericks was dynamic, scoring 21 points and pulling down 18 rebounds, tied for the 12th most in a single game in school history. Hamlet, who leads the nation in assists with 8.7 per game, dished out 13 on Friday, tied for the eighth most in school history in a single game, and scored 17 points with three steals.
Aleks Zecevic had one of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, Isaiah Hart scored 18, including 3-4 three pointers, and added five steals. Damarcus Williams was strong off the bench with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
BUCKS 75 CLEVELAND STATE 56
Saturday’s homecoming contest against the visiting Cougars was very close through the first half and into the second, with the Bucks leading 34-29 at intermission. Motlow didn’t have one of its better shooting games, hitting only 45.9 percent from the field including 6-23 three pointers.
However, superior rebounding and a strong second half propelled the Bucks to their 15th consecutive win. Kevonte Corley grabbed the spotlight, hauling down 22 rebounds; the sixth most in a single game in Motlow history.
Hamlet and Fredericks notched their second double-double of the weekend. Javion scored 22 points on 8-12 shooting and added 10 assists and two steals. Rashawn scored 20 on 8-15 shooting and added 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Hart had 10 points and five steals, and Williams scored seven with 10 rebounds.
Motlow’s next home game will be Wednesday, Feb. 15, when Southwest Tennessee visits Copperweld Arena. Tip off for the men’s contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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