CALHOUN CLOBBERS WIRT COUNTY IN 'STRANGE GAME' - 76-31 Victory Over Tigers

(01/08/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

It was a strange game where nothing went the way it was supposed to yet everything ended up the way it should.

Calhoun needed to jump out early. It did. Then proceeded to go cold from the field for a long period of time. The team’s leading rebounder fouls out but the point guard takes over on the boards. The leading scorer is the leading scorer despite missing a lay-up. Wirt County came into the game winless but was improved with three starters returning from injury. But they all got in foul trouble.

It was a strange night in many ways but when all was said and done Wednesday night visiting Calhoun had rolled to an easy 76-35 win that probably was not as close as the final score indicated.

Calhoun coaches talked about getting off to a fast start. And the Red Devils did, jumping out to a 13-0 lead en route to a 22-5 first quarter lead.

Then the Red Devils went stone cold from the floor. The problem for Wirt was that it was even colder. While Calhoun scored only 11 points in the second quarter it was still enough to push the lead out to 22 – 33-11 – at intermission.

The Red Devils slowly pulled away from there despite liberal substituting by Calhoun coach Tim Davis who had emptied his bench – save for a couple of players from the reserve team – by halftime.

Marcus Davis led the way for Calhoun with 24 – his season average – but had a couple of misses from close range including one on a breakaway lay-up that he appeared like he was going to try to dunk but changed his mind.

"Ahhh, not a good choice on that one," Davis’ father and coach Tim said. "He should have just gone in for the lay-up and been done with it."

Still, it didn’t matter.

Nor did it matter that Jake Perkins, the Red Devils and the LKC’s leading rebounder, got in early foul trouble. His place on the board was taken by the Red Devils’ point guard, Zach Houchin, who led the team with eight rebounds. Houchin also had six assists.

Following Davis in the scoring parade was Tristan Harris with 12 and Derek Roberts with 10 points off the bench. He also had about a half dozen rebounds despite being one of the shorter players on the floor.

Houchin had eight and Perkins had six, as did Tommy Gerwig, who only played in the fourth quarter because he had played in the reserve game – a 48-42 Wirt County victory.

Brandon Frame, whose father Dyer was a high school standout at Calhoun, led Wirt with 11 points before fouling out.

With the win Calhoun goes to 4-2 heading into Friday night’s rematch at Roane County. The Raiders beat the Red Devils in the season-opener 53-49. With the loss Wirt drops to 0-6.


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