The MCHS Varsity boys tipped-off the basketball season at the annual pre-season tip-off in Hamilton County on Nov. 13. The Cowboys faced St. Francis in the first round, dominating the team from the start, coming out with a victory of 48-38. Leading scorers for the game were senior forward, Jaylon Hazzard, scoring a total of 18 points, and senior forward Relix Daniels scoring a total of 11 points. This win placed the Cowboys in the finals for a chance at the pre-season Championship. They had their minds set on bringing home the championship trophy for the second year straight. The Cowboys took on the Hamilton County Trojans on Nov. 15 in Hamilton County. They were off to a slow start allowing the Trojans to outscore them in the first half of the game. The Cowboys fought to the end; however came up short losing to the Trojans with a score of 51-62.
We defeated ourselves with turnovers and our inability to capitalize on free throws,” said head Coach Allen Demps.
The Cowboys traveled to Wakulla for a matchup against the War Eagles. In an exciting four quarters of competitive basketball, the Cowboys fell short. The final score was 47-58. Leading scorers for the Cowboys were Jaylon Hazzard scoring a total of 15 points and Za’Maury Page scoring a total of 10 points; rebounding and free throws were the contributing factor to the loss in the game. The Cowboys had a day of practice to work on their shortcomings in the previous games before traveling to Valdosta Georgia to take on Lowndes Vikings.
The Cowboys were off to a slow start allowing the Vikings to outscore them in the first quarter of the game; however, the Cowboys refused to back down and were down by only two points by half time. The Cowboys fought hard to the very end, but came up short losing by two points. The final score was 52-54. Jaylon Hazzard and Chris Fead led the team in scoring with a combined total of 30 points. The Cowboys traveled to Valdosta Georgia again on Nov. 24 to play against the Valdosta Wildcats. Faced with obstacles in the first half of the game with key players in foul trouble, the Cowboys suffered a devastating loss with the final score of 45-66.
The Cowboys played their first home game against Brooks County Trojans hosting a pack-the-gym on Saturday, Nov. 29. With a stand full of supporters, the Cowboys fed off the momentum from the crowd and went in dominating the game from the first quarter. The Trojans were faced with having to travel back to Brooks County with a 35-point loss with the final score of 82-47. Leading scorers for the Cowboys were Relix Daniels with a total of 14 points, Jaylon Hazzard with a total of 14 points, Za’Maury Page with a total of 13 points, Trey Livingston with a total of 12 points, and Chris Fead with a total of 10 points. Coach Demps commented on how proud he was of the boys and their performance against Brooks County.
Playing in their gym with such a supportive crowd was what the Cowboys needed to play with the confidence and momentum that I am accustomed to,” said Demps. “I hope they bring the same energy for the remainder of the season.”
The Cowboys’ traveled to Havana, Fl. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 to take on their first district game of the season against East Gadsden Jaguars. With a complete roster, including football players, the team was indeed motivated and full of energy as they dominated the first quarter of the game. However, the game took a turn for the worse with foul trouble and the team not being able to make free throw shots. The Cowboys were down by one point at halftime, but were unable to stop the Jaguars offensively in the 3rd quarter. They were outscored 11-18 and down by eight points going into the fourth quarter. The Cowboys’ did not give up and played hard defensively until the very end; however, they came up short resulting in a loss. The final score was 53-60. Lead scorers for Cowboys were Akevious Williams scoring a total of 12 points, Sanchez Turner scoring a total of 10 points, and Trey Livingston and Ladarius Robinson both scoring seven points.
Coach Demps commented on the team’s performance stating, “overall there are some things that they need to work on offensively such as rebounding and making better judgment at shot attempts. Defensively, I cannot be any prouder; the boys did not allow the win to come easy for the Jaguars. With the football players returning we have a lot of work to do and I am confident that we will improve for the better.”
The Cowboys’ are scheduled to play Suwannee County Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 6 at a pack-the-gym at MCHS.