Badgers Dominate Raiders

Feb 6th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Sports

TEXT & PHOTOS BY

C. MICHAEL LONG

Staff Sports Photojournalist

The Nettleton Raiders visited Badger Arena, for Homecoming 2014, on Friday,  January 31st to face the Badgers in a 5A East showdown.

The game started off very quickly – with Zach Baker throwing down an Alley-Oop dunk from a Tanner Chapman pass and the Badgers never looked back. With 4:40 remaining in the 1st quarter, Tyler Childress picked up from where he left off in the Wynne game on Tuesday night and hit a long range 3-pointer making it 10-0. The Badgers held on defense and Tyler went to work again, with his second 3-point shot of the night, at the 4:00 mark of the 1st quarter, making 13-0. The Badgers only allowed Nettleton one basket in the 1st quarter, as Tyler buried his next 3-pointer at the 2:40 mark – making the score 16-2 at the end of the 1st stanza. Easily the best quarter for the Badger team this year.

But they were only getting warmed up – as Tanner Chapman completed a 3-point play after being fouled, then hit a running floater down the lane on the next possession, at the 4:00 mark left in the half – making the score 27-5 and they were well on their way. Chapman went to work again with 2:18 remaining in the half with a short jumper and then converted another 3-point play with 1:40 left in the half – making the score 28-14. Both teams traded baskets before the halftime buzzer and the Badgers held a commanding 30-15 lead at half.

The two teams came out of the locker room and traded baskets after halftime, before Zach Baker sank a long range 3-pointer at the 5:30 mark of the 3rd quarter, making the score 37-20. The Badgers continued with their smothering defense and matched the Raiders basket for basket during the 3rd quarter – which was capped off by a CJ Tucker 3-point shot with seconds remaining in the quarter – putting the Badgers up 42-25 after three quarters of play.

With things going the Badgers way – Coach Marshall was able to rotate his bench during the 4th quarter – while keeping pace with Nettleton’s starting line up throughout the final stanza and with 4:00 remaining in the game, Zach Baker completed a three point play off of a made basket and free throw, giving the Badgers their largest lead of 19 points at 48-29. With the game well in hand – Coach Marshall emptied his bench, to give the second group some valuable playing time and they all responded well, in route to a well deserved 53-36 victory.

Tanner Chapman led the Badgers for a second time this week with 19 points and Zach Baker and Tyler Childress both contributed 15 points each. CJ Tucker had 3 points – which rounded out the Badgers scoring and put them at 7-11 overall and 4-3 in 5A East Conference play.

After the contest Coach Marshall stated, “ We got off to a great start tonight. Tyler continues to shoot the ball well and that helps everyone. It opens Zach up under the basket and makes it easier for us to run our offense. We lost a little focus in the 2nd half – with all of the Homecoming activities today, the guys just lost a little focus on the game. Tyler came out in the 2nd half and did a good job although he did not score – it opens things up for Baker under the basket, if they are worried about him on the 3-point line. I feel like the kids are doing well and with the bye on Tuesday night, I feel like we’ll be ready for an improved Blytheville team on the road Friday night, who jumped up and surprised Greene County Tech last week – so we will have our hands full.”

The next home game will be against Greene County Tech next Friday night, February 14th at Badger Arena, with the girls game beginning at 6 p.m. and the boys game following ten minutes later. You can catch all of the action of the last three home games on the Beebe Sports Network with Shane and Donell beginning at 5:50 at www.beebebadgers.org, if you can’t make it to the games. (As an added bonus – if you can’t make the drive to Blytheville on Friday,  February 7th you can watch all of the action on your computer at www.yourprimetimesports.com  - games begin at 6 p.m. as always)