The racehorse pace of Thursday’s District 4-5A game was right in Scotlandville’s wheelhouse.
The Hornets’ opponent, Broadmoor, not so much.
Scotlandville was in its comfort zone from the outset, shooting 57 percent from the field with three players reaching double figures in a 75-63 victory.
“We talked about not wanting to make a living from the perimeter,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said. “We wanted to get to the paint, attack the rim and make a good decision once we got in there. We like to play inside-out through penetration and being up tempo, and I think we did a good job of that in the second half.”
Scotlandville (21-4) extended its win streak to eight games and completed a 6-0 showing through the first round of league play.
The Hornets trio of guards Jordan Adebutu, LaMarcus Lee and Ja’Vonte Smart combined for 57 points, helping their team score 70-plus points for the seventh time this season.
Adebutu scored 15 of his team-high 26 in the first half with Lee, a Tennessee-Chattanooga signee, adding 16 and Smart 15.
Broadmoor guard Devin Carlin made five 3-pointers and led all scorers with 29 points.
The Buccaneers (12-9, 2-3) are 0-5 in games in which they allowed 70 or more points this season.
“It was not to my liking,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said of the game’s up-tempo pace. “We’re more comfortable there (50-60-point range). That means we’re able to run some offense, but Scotlandville doesn’t let you run your offense and when we had an opportunity we just didn’t do it.”
Adebutu scored eight of Scotlandville’s 22 first-quarter points, dropping in two of his three 3-pointers for a 22-13 lead, before Broadmoor closed within 25-19 at the 5:29 mark on Carlin’s 3-pointer and a free throw from Darnall Williams.
Smart’s drive keyed a 9-2 run that resulted in a 34-21 lead after five straight points from Adebutu on a 3-pointer and lay-up after a turnover.
“All the credit goes to them,” Gillette said. “They played their game and forced us to play their way.”
Broadmoor narrowed the gap to 38-31 at halftime and made it 40-34 in the first minute of the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Brian Smith, who missed a lot of the first half with a bruised tailbone.
The Bucs went another six minutes without a field goal, missing seven shots, until Carlin’s 3-pointer left his team with a 47-37 deficit.
Moreover, Broadmoor didn’t help its cause with 8-of-18 free-throw shooting and a pair of technical fouls that resulted in three points for Scotlandville for not properly recording all of its players in the official scorebook before the game.
Scotlandville built a 64-46 lead on Jaylen Hawkins’ 3-pointer with 3:35 left before Carlin scored 14 points over a three-minute stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers.
“I have to give it to my guys, they hung in there and kept pushing the tempo,” Sample said. “I think it wore them down.
“We spread the floor and were able to use our athleticism with our guards.”