PULASKI, Tenn. - Despite needing a ferocious first-half comeback, the Martin Methodist Men's Basketball team found its stride late in an 87-65 victory over Brewton-Parker (Ga.) in the Curry Christian Life Center Tuesday night.
Thanks to a sluggish start, the RedHawks (10-8, 4-4 SSAC) found themselves in a precarious situation just minutes into the contest as they saw Brewton-Parker build an eight-point lead less than four minutes into the ballgame.
The lead ballooned to as many as 12 later in the frame with the RedHawks burning two early timeouts in the first half. Still down 12 with just over six minutes in the period, it looked as if the RedHawks would be facing a double-digit deficit at the halftime break.
But, over the next five-plus minutes, the RedHawks not only chipped away at the deficit, they erased it completely and actually carried a 32-30 lead into the locker room.
The second half proved to be a much more enjoyable one for the RedHawks as they built their lead to double-digits themselves and ultimately cruised to the 22-point victory.
Broderick Davis and Darius Forrest led the RedHawk attack as the guard and forward accounted for nearly half of the RedHawks offensive production. Davis scored a game-high 21 points while Forrest added 15 of his next-best 19 points in the second half.
Toderick Davis, who had eight points at the half, finished with 14 as the final double-digit scorer for Martin Methodist.
The RedHawk defense was particularly pesky in the victory as they forced 26 Brewton-Parker turnovers and notched 11 steals. The double-digit thefts marked the third time in as many games the RedHawks had achieved the feat, but the 33 points the RedHawks scored off the takeaways is what ultimately helped them snap a three-game losing skid - just the second time such a feat had occurred during head coach Scott Combs four-year career (Nov. 2012).
"It was really just great to be back in front of our fans and get some energy in the arena tonight," Combs said. "Brewton-Parker had us in a bad way to start the ballgame and I have seen some teams throw in the towel right there. But this team still has a little scrap to it and they showed that late in the first half. I was proud of the way we closed the period and then flourished offensively in the second. It was a great win in league play."
The win lifted the RedHawks back into the top half of the wild and tumultuous SSAC standings, which saw its lone teams ranked in the latest edition of the NAIA Men's Basketball Top 25, Mobile and Dalton State, lose both conference tilts over the weekend.
The RedHawks will have a chance to continue their trek back toward the top of the league standings, but faced archrival Bethel (Tenn.) this Saturday in what figured to be a tightly-contested showdown. The Wildcats (13-6, 5-3 SSAC) survived a 99-96 thriller over Coastal Georgia in their Monday afternoon contest.
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