|By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
Glenville State College basketball coach Chad Hankinson was in the crowd to watch his newest recruit – Marcus Davis – perform.
And the two-time Calhoun all-state player did not disappoint his soon-to-be coach with a game high 30 points.
But it may have been the play of the supporting cast that stole the show in Calhoun’s 64-52 victory over homestanding Roane
Friday night avenging a four-point loss to the Raiders in the season-opener.
Jake Perkins, for instance, was spectacular especially in the third quarter when he scored 12 points including six straight. He
ended up with 16 points despite fouling out with 5:38 remaining in the contest.
Or take Zach Houchin. Not only did the senior point guard have his usual numbers – eight points, six assists and six rebounds –
but his hot hand early in the game kept Calhoun afloat as Roane threatened to jump out to a big lead. His three-point goal moved
Calhoun to within one, 6-5, setting up a basket by Tristan Harris that gave the Red Devils a lead they never relinquished.
Or it could have been Harris. All Harris did was to score seven points and grab nine rebounds while going head-to-head with
Roane’s big man – 6-7 Derek Hardman – most of the night.
Or it could even have been 5-3 Shawn ‘Little’ Hillegas who came off the bench to display some great ball handling down the stretch
keeping the desperate Raiders at bay.
Also for the Red Devils Mike Batten scored three points and played a strong defensive game.
All of the "supporting cast" played well as did Davis despite the various defenders the Raiders ran at him.
Davis had eight field goals, including two three-point shots, while adding 12 of 13 from the charity stripe. He was especially deadly
during the last couple of minutes of the game when the Raiders were forced to foul. Unfortunately they fouled Davis and he went
6-6, scoring the Red Devils’ last six points of the game after the Raiders had pulled within eight.
Hardman led Roane County with 24. Justin Bossert and Brandon Cline added nine each while Brett Abbott had seven.
Calhoun, now 5-2, is idle until next Friday night when it entertains Gilmer County. Roane drops to 3-5 with the loss.