Balanced effort leads Bulldogs to 9th win

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor

MONTEVALLO – Tavarus Hall, Da’Shaunte Smith, Dequarious Anderson and Sam Banks all scored in double figures to help lead Montevallo to an offensively-impressive 84-52 win over Marbury on Monday, Dec. 19.

The Bulldogs (9-2, 1-0) came out on fire shooting the ball in the first quarter putting up 25 points. After one quarter of play they had already grabbed a seven-point lead as they held a 25-18 advantage over the visiting Bulldogs.

Montevallo’s offense cooled down in the second quarter posting their lowest point total of the four quarter as it was the only quarter they didn’t score more than 20 points in. They still put up 16 and held Marbury to 14 points to extend their lead to 41-32 heading into the break.

Coming out of the locker room they kept the pressure and tempo up. Head coach Gregory Dickinson had his team ready to play and made sure they didn’t hit a lull. The Bulldogs outscored Marbury 22-7 in the third quarter to run away with the game and put Marbury away as they held a 63-39 lead after three.

Another 20-plus point quarter in the final eight minutes of play gave Montevallo 84 points to finish off the lopsided win. Montevallo scored 20 points in all but three quarters and held Marbury to less than 20 in every quarter including less than 15 points in the final three quarters of play.

Hall led Montevallo with 16 points on the night. Smith had his lowest point total of the season with just 14 points, but he also chipped in six rebounds and six assists for his team. Anderson added 14 points and Banks 12, as the four helped Montevallo run away in the game for their highest point total of the season.