February 19, 2011

Tornado Basketball pushes winning streak to four

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College men's basketball team never trailed Saturday in a 90-64 win over Central State (Ohio) University to avenge an earlier season setback.

The Tornado, now at 14-12, won for a seventh straight time at home and evened the season series with Central State. The win was also the fourth straight, the longest winning streak for the Tornado this season. Central State, with a 13-11 record, was an 86-82 winner in the first meeting on Jan. 29.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) led the Tornado with 24 points thanks to six 3-pointers. With Saturday's output he surpassed the 1,700-point mark in his career and trails Alvin Simmons by 78 points.

Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) poured in 13 points with a perfect 6-for-6 shooting performance. The senior also moved up King's All-Time Scoring list to No. 13, up two spots with 1,360 for his career.

Jason Seymore (Powell, Tenn.) and Eddie Piccinini (Orlando, Fla.) both scored 12 points apiece. Seymore grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while Piccinini dished out five assists.

King scored the first five points as the Tornado raced out to a 19-6 lead halfway through the first half. King kept adding points and eventually led 37-20 before DeAndre Riep sunk a three pointer before the half ended at 37-23.

Central State came out with a 9-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half. King answered with seven straight points and the Tornado led by as many as 15 the rest of the game.

Greg Rice had 24 points to lead Central State with 14 points from Reip.

From the field King was 37-for-60 (61.7 percent), the third time the Tornado finished above 60 percent this season. Behind the three-point line the Tornado was 10-for-26 (38.5 percent), but just 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) at the free throw line.

Central State finished 26-for-60 (41.7 percent) overall with seven 3-pointers.

The Tornado won the rebound battle 34-29, but Central State had three more offensive rebounds, 12-9. Despite the difference in offensive rebounds, King was ahead in second-chance points 10-8. The Tornado capitalized on 21 turnovers for 24 points.

King will welcome Hiwassee (Tenn.) College to Bristol for a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday. In the first meeting on Feb. 1, King left Hiwassee with a 100-46 win.