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HBHS overrun by Rebels

Published 10:09am Monday, January 6, 2014

Despite a valiant effort, the Horseshoe Bend Generals couldn’t slow down the  Reeltown Rebels, as they dropped their 12th straight game.
Reeltown prevailed handily, 60-26.
Slow starts plagued both teams in the opening period, as Reeltown only put up three points in the first three minutes of the game.
However, D’angelo Dancy and C.J. Bell powered a torrid close to the quarter, and despite the Generals closing the opening frame with three field goals, the Rebels went into the second quarter up 16-7.
At this point, the game swung in favor of the Rebels for good, as a frenzied pace allowed them to increase their lead to 15.
“This comes with experience, but sometimes we get caught up in how the other team plays,” HBHS basketball coach Mike Boyd said. “In any kind of athletic venue, you have to set your own tempo, and you can’t let the other team dictate the tempo.”
Boyd added that when Reeltown was able to impose its play style, the Generals were effectively taken out of their gameplan.
“When they got in a hurry, all of a sudden we got in a hurry, and we’re not nearly as good when we’re not taking our time,” he said. “But I can’t say anything negative about them, because they are doing the best they can do.”
The Rebels continued to build their lead in the third quarter, as the period saw Reeltown light up the scoreboard as the Rebels eventually out-scored HBHS 27-3.
“They beat us with athleticism – running and jumping,” Boyd said. “That’s just a big advantage, but a lot of their athletes are pretty good ball players. They try really hard, they hustle and they do what I ask them to do. We’re doing the best we can. Of course I hate to lose, but sometimes you just can’t help it.”
Despite the setback, Boyd said he was noticing areas of improvement in regards to the Generals.
“We’re doing things to get a shot quicker than we normally would,” he said. “But we have to get better, and any time we play a game like this, the experience makes a difference.”
Cody Denham led the Generals with eight points. Tyus Ford and Kurtis Smothers each added six points.
C.J. Bell was the high point-scorer for the Rebels, netting 11. Ed Carraker scored 10 points for RHS, and Bradley McKeithen and Dancy each added nine points.
HBHS returns to action on Jan. 7, when it hosts Park Crossing High School.