High school basketball: Tates Creek rolls over Western Hills 60-43 on senior night

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 18, 2014 

High school basketball senior nights don't always follow the script, but Tates Creek's did Tuesday night.

The Commodores, sparked by their seniors, blitzed Western Hills 35-6 to start the second half and rolled to a 60-43 victory in their next-to-last game of the regular season.

"That's how we like them to go," Tates Creek senior Ian Davis said. "We wanted to make it a special night for all of us. We wanted everybody to get the ball and have a chance to score. And most of all we wanted to win."

Jordan Fucci, a 6-foot-5 junior, led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. But his senior teammates also shouldered the load.

Davis, especially, helped rally Tates Creek from a 22-21 halftime deficit. He had 12 points in the third quarter as the Commodores outscored Western Hills 26-4.

Seniors Alex Polus (nine points), Tanner Hart (six) and Blake Rose (three) made key contributions, too.

"I thought all our seniors played well," Coach Wayne Breeden said. "That's a good way to send a group out, with one game left before post-season play."

Rose was happy just to be on the floor with his buddies.

"I got to play with my teammates, my guys," he said. "I love 'em because at the end of the day we're a big family."

Tates Creek has had trouble finishing off games the past two seasons. After going 6-22 last year, the Commodores are 9-16 this winter. So when the wins do come, they're appreciated.

"They make you feel good about yourself and what you're doing," Breeden said.

They're also confidence-boosters.

Davis said recent upsets of Madison Central and Bryan Station "show what we can do if we come out and get in their face and try to take everything away.

"That's what we want to do in the post-season."

Breeden said the Commodores' Achilles heel has been fourth-quarter free-throw shooting.

"I don't know how many games we've given away because of that," he said.

"If we can make our total team game more solid, we have a chance to compete in our district tournament."

Tates Creek plays Lexington Christian Academy in the 43rd District opener Monday at Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Commodores split regular-season games with LCA.

If Tates Creek can play with the purpose it showed in the second half against Western Hills, Davis thinks the Commodores can make some noise next week.

But whatever happens from here on out, Davis has a had good time, not just on senior night, but every other night he's hooped it up.

"It's been a good time and I've had a lot of fun with my teammates," he said. "I loved being a Commodore. I have no regrets, for sure."

Tates Creek 60, Western Hills 43

WESTERN HILLS (3-24) Anderson 15, Fisher 4, Waller 7, Jones 3, Hatfield 4, Hurst 4, Reed 6.

TATES CREEK (9-16) Fucci 20, Davis 16, Polus 9, Hart 6, Rose 3, Duke 4, Sturdivant 2.

Western Hills 13 9 4 17—43

Tates Creek 11 10 26 13—60

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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