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Balanced attack leads MHS to win over FCA

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Munford sophomore Reggie Holmes makes an acrobatic move on the baseline during action Tuesday night at home against FCA, a home school team from Memphis. Holmes scored 11 points and was one of five Cougars in double figures. The Cougars, which host Dyer C

Munford put five players in double figures Tuesday night at home against FCA and came away with a 72-67 win to move to 5-3 on the season. 

While head coach Butch Hopkins was happy to get the win, he wasn't completely satisfied with his team's performance, particularly in the second half. 

Munford led by nine on three different occasions in the fourth quarter but could never put away FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a homeschool team from Memphis). 

“We had two or three chances to really expand the lead,” Hopkins said. “But then we'd make a couple of turnovers or make some pathetic attempt at guarding somebody … or we'd take some silly shot. You can't make those kind of mistakes and expect to win.”

Munford led by just one midway through the third quarter when Juane Tolton hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to four. 

A couple of baskets by David Hunter and a driving layup by Reggie Holmes pushed the lead 52-44 with 6:41 left in the game.

FCA cut the lead to three points with 1:24 left in the game before a basket by Kylon Hall and two free throws from Tolton put Munford ahead 70-62 with 58 seconds left. 

The Nighthawks got to within five after a 3-pointer from R.J. Hill, but Tipton made two more free throws moments later to seal the win. 

Munford trailed 16-15 after one quarter. 

Andrea' Bell scored two straight buckets in the paint, Titus Matthews scored and Tipton hit a 3-pointer to help Munford gain a 30-25 halftime advantage. 

Hall led Munford with 21 points, 15 of which came in the second half. 

Tolton finished with 15, Hunter had 12 and Bell and Holmes each scored 11. Nine of Bell's points came in the first half. 

David Watkins led FCA with 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter. Hill finished with 21. 

Hopkins said his team will have to play better in the coming weeks as the schedule gets more difficult. 

“We just never could put three or four good minutes together,” Hopkins said. 

“That's not very conducive to being successful ... that's something we need to work on."

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