By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Staff Reports
By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Tyler Abshear got hot early and didn’t cool off until he had helped Madison Southern build a big lead.
The senior guard scored 16 points in the first quarter and finished with 31 points as the Eagles (3-1) rolled past Bell County, 65-46, Tuesday in their home opener. Southern had an 18-point lead in the first quarter and never allowed the Bobcats to get back in the game.
The win was the third-straight for the Eagles.
“He was on fire,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said of Abshear. “They couldn’t stop him.”
Abshear had 21 points Saturday in a win over Leslie County and he almost matched that total in the first quarter against Bell County.
The senior hit four three pointers in the first quarter as the Eagles raced out to a 24-6 lead. By halftime, Abshear had 23 points.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone that hot,” Buttry said. “I don’t know if he missed a shot in the first quarter. If he did, I don’t remember. He was hot. His three-point shooting is better than its ever been.”
Abshear hit six three pointers and accounted for almost half of his team’s points. Sophomore Damien Harris had seven points, Devante Linville had six points and Chance Norris, Jake Napier and Marlin Taylor had four points each.
Bell County tried to get back in the game just before the half. The Bobcats got within eight points (35-27), but Abshear had a pair of baskets and hit 1-of-2 free throws to put Southern up 42-28 at the break.
“It come have been eight or even six, but it ended up being 14 and with a double-digit lead at the half, you always feel comfortable,” Buttry said.
Michael Rothermel had three points, while Clayton Barnes, Spencer Stone and Donald Brandenburg each had two points.
“We had some guys really go to the boards,” Buttry said. “Devante Linville (nine rebounds) came off the bench and was wonderful. All the guys that played and they didn’t let us down.”
Southern forced 22 turnovers.
The Eagles are set to return to action Saturday at home against North Oldham.