Bearcats defeat Pelham Hornets

Published 9:19 am Friday, December 2, 2011

BHS varsity boys basketball coach Rickey McCullough talks to his players during a timeout.

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats opened their home basketball regular season with a 67-51 Tuesday night victory over the Pelham High School Hornets.

Dontavius Marshall gave the Bearcats a 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, when he hit a three-point jumper from the right side with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

After the game, Bearcats coach Rickey McCullough said he liked the balance in his team’s scoring chart.

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“Rodney Glenn had 15, Dontavius Marshall and Paul Chukes had 14 apiece and Dillen Thomas had 10,” McCullough said. “When you have that kind of balance you really feel good.”

The Hornets’ Shodarius Williams took game scoring honors with 18 points. Rodorick Williams added 10 for the visitors.

Glenn gave the Bearcats a 23-19 lead when he banged home a layup off the right glass with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter.

They went up by six, 30-24, when Greg Lee hit a jumper from the left baseline at the 2:11 mark of the second quarter. Their halftime lead was three, 32-29. They built that lead back up to 54-46, by the end of the third quarter.

Chukes hit a layup off the right glass with 4:14 remaining in the game to put the Bearcats up 58-48, and they did not lead by less than double digits the rest of the way.

The Bearcats, who are 2-1 for the season, will return to action next weekemd.

They will travel to Moultrie, Ga., for a Friday, Dec. 9, game against the Colquitt County High School Packers at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 10, they will host the Thomasville High School Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.