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Berea Community (1-3) picked up its first win of the season Saturday, 93-36 over Riverside Christian in the Berea Classic.
The blowout win was the first for Cameron Jackson as coach of the Pirates.
The young and undermanned Rams hung tough with the Pirates early and only trailed by 13 at the half.
But the Berea pressure defense took over in the second half as the Pirates scored at will to run away for the win.
Andy Allen had a game-high 22 points to lead the way for the Pirates, who got points from every player on the team. Two other Pirates scored in double figures — Trey Terrill poured in 11, while Eli Woods scored 10. Nolan Sweet scored eight and Bradley Adkins added seven points
Jackson said his team played well, which is sometimes difficult in games that are obvious mismatches.
"This was our first win and the guys played well and had fun and that's what it's all about," Jackson said. "They played well. I knew coming in that Riverside was a young team and we were going to take a little bit of advantage of them. But those guys played and did what we asked them to do."
Model 74, Beechwood 63
Playing their third game of the week, the Patriots wasted no time in jumping out to an early 21-7 lead then fought off a late charge by Beechwood for a 74-63 win at the Berea Classic.
The Tigers trailed 24-14 at the end of the first quarter, but thanks to several Patriots turnovers quickly erased the lead and took a 25-24 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
Jesse Middleton came off the bench for Model and scored on a putback and a free throw to give the Patriots a lead they would never relinquish.
After leading 35-27 at the half, Model's lead grew to as many as 22 points after a three pointer by Brendan HIll late in the fourth quarter.
Model coach Wes Scarberry said he was pleased with how his team responded after a loss to Dunbar Friday.
"I was happy with our effort to start the game after last night's loss. This was our third game this week and coming off that game, it took a lot out of them mentally," Scarberry said. "We needed that to get back on track and we hope this will bring us back into next week and we'll continue to do good things."
Model had four players score in double digits. A.J. Hammons led the way with 17 points, nine of which came on three pointers. Hill finished with 15 points and also had three three pointers, Jon Ballard had 14 points and six rebounds and Anthony Gerald had 12 points.
Middleton finished with five points and a game-high seven rebounds., while Zack Rice-Gordon had seven points and five rebounds. Jared Adams had two points for the Patriots.
"Overall, I feel better about this team right now than I have in my six years at Model, Scarberry said.