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Munford Cougars move to 2-0 in district play with win over Brighton

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Brighton's Terrell Wayne White reaches around Munford's Kylon Hall to get his hand on the ball during action Friday night in Munford. The Cougas moved to 2-0 in District 13-AAA with a 61-46 win. Photo by Jeff Ireland


Munford is not running anybody off the court this year. 

The Cougars aren't scoring 80 points a game, they're not winning games by 30 points and nobody on the team is averaging more than 11 points a game. 

What they are doing, however, is winning. 

After a 61-46 home win over District 13-AAA foe Brighton Friday night, their fifth victory in six games, the Cougars were 11-6 overall and, at 2-0, sitting atop the district standings. 

“This is an unusual basketball team,” said head coach Butch Hopkins. “Most of the time when you have a good basketball team, you have an outstanding player and other people play around him. This team, we never know what's going to happen.”

Friday's win was typical for Munford this season. 

The Cougars led by five or seven points most of the second quarter and pushed it to double digits midway through the third quarter. The game was never completely out of reach for Brighton (3-10, 0-2) until the final minutes, but Munford seemed to be in complete control from the second quarter on. 

After earning a 30-25 halftime lead, Munford started the second half on an 11-2 run. 

Kylon Hall finished off the run with a tip-in basket with 1:53 left in the quarter to push Munford's lead to 41-27. Andrea' Bell, Juane Tolton and David Hunter also scored during the run and Hall threw down a dunk in the closing seconds of the period to put an exclamation point on the surge. 

Tolton led Munford with 15 points, Hall had 13 and Reggie Holmes and Hunter each scored 12. Bell finished with eight. 

Lorenzo Hunt led Brighton with 13 points. Tyvon Cooper scored 10 for Brighton and Tramaine Cooper added nine. 

Hopkins praised his team's rebounding, said free throw shooting needs to improve and lamented about how different players seem to lead the team's offense every game. 

“We don't ever know where it's coming from,” he said. “We just have to see how the flow's going and find out where we need to go with the ball. That's where we are. If we ever find the rhythm of what we need to do, we'll be good.”

In other action: 

Munford traveled to Brownsville Saturday night and suffered a 55-41 loss to Haywood, the state's second-ranked team in Class AA. 

The Cougars led 24-22 at the half, but the Tomcats (15-0) outscored Munford 21-7 in the third quarter to take control. 

Hall and Bell each scored 11 points for Munford and Tolton added 10. Bell scored nine of his 11 in the first half to help the Cougars to the lead. 

Sadarius Delk scored 13 of his 16 in the second half to spark the Tomcats, who completed a season sweep of the Cougars. 

On Monday the Cougars dropped a 72-66 home game to Bolton to fall to 11-7.

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