The Richmond Register

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January 11, 2014

Patriots blow past Berea, 75-51Lady Pirates top Sayre, 39-35

RICHMOND — The Pirates got out to a fast start Friday in the opening minutes of the their 44th District showdown with Model Laboratory in Richmond.

Berea (3-11) had a 5-1 lead and some momentum.

But, the Patriots answered back — in a big way.

Model closed the first quarter on a 13-3 run, then took control with a dominant second quarter. The Patriots (12-3) went to pick up a 75-51 win in a game that got ugly in the second half.

The teams combined for six technicals and shot a total of 76 free throws.

“We knew we were going to get Berea’s best shot,” Model coach Wes Scarberry said. “The past couple of years, they’ve actually led us after the first quarter in every game. It was a big game for them. They hadn’t beat us since 2007 and we knew we were going to get their best effort.”

The Patriots took a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and scored the first 13 points of the second quarter. Berea didn’t score until Trey Terrill had a field goal with 3:55 left before halftime.

“Once we did score a couple of times and got in our press, we were able to turn them over a few times,” Scarberry said. “They took a few bad shots and we were able to run.”

Model had a 40-14 lead at halftime and got contributions from plenty of players. Zack Rice-Gordon had nine points, Keith Mason had eight points and Ephriam Otieno and Caleb Kincaid had seven points each.

“I was really happy with the way we played in the first half,” Scarberry said.

Model pushed its lead to 30 points early in the third quarter before things started to get chippy. Rice-Gordon and Jared Adams were both assessed technicals, then Alex Chen was ejected from the game after being given three technicals in a matter of minutes.

Chen will not be available when the Patriots take on Madison Southern Tuesday in Berea.

Later in the second half, Berea’s Caleb Goss was given a technical.

“I was disappointed in our guys and they way they responded to a few things,” Scarberry said. “I just felt the game got out of control.”

Berea cut the Model lead under 20 points a couple of times, but could really get back in the game, despite spend most of the second half at the free throw line.

The Patriots were 31-of-45 at the free throw line. Berea was 16-of-31 at the line.

Otieno had 17 points to lead Model, while Mason had 15 points, Rice-Gordon added 11 points, Kincaid had 14 points, Chen had seven points, Adams had six points, Ryley Thompson had three points and Levi Agee and Ty Shouse had one point each.

Shyiem Alexander had 15 points to lead Berea. Dustan Kates had nine points, Terrill had eight points, Austin Warford, Andy Allen and Derek Castle had three points each.

Berea is set to return to action today at home against Walden at 3 p.m.

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