Host East Lit kicks off holiday tournament in convincing style

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:17pm

East Literature gave itself a big early Christmas basketball gift
Tuesday night.

The high-flying Eagles blew past Overton 90-50 in their opening game of
the East Literature Holiday tournament in the Eagle Gym.

Scoring 53 points in the first half, they kept their foot on the accelerator with their high-pressure, full-court press and helter-skelter style of play.

It was more than enough to breeze past the graduation-depleted Bobcats. And it left Coach Jim Fey to feel just as good, if not better, about his team than about last year's, which reached the state semifinals.

"This is the quickest team I've ever had,” Fey said. "And it's probably
the best defensive team I've ever had as well. These guys really get after it on defense.”

East Lit’s Bobby Scott led all scorers with 20 points. Marcus Taylor added 13 for the balanced Eagles (6-4), who led by 20 at halftime.

"There is a great deal of chemistry within, these guys all like each other,” Fey said. “Last year, we had a little bit of friction with some of the seniors and some of the juniors. We had six seniors last year, this year we have seven seniors, and our leadership really shows.”

Their hounding press forced Overton into 24 turnovers, many of which quickly were converted into points at the other end. And, had it not been for the clock continuing to run in a mercy rule situation, the Eagles may well have scored 100.

Next up is a matchup with Smyrna, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the tournament, which features eight girls and eight boys teams.

In other games Tuesday, Friendship Christian knocked off Donelson Christian Academy in both games —58-54 in the girls and 44-40 in the boys.

Smyrna beat Marshall County in both games. The Bulldogs girls won 50-41 and the boys scored a 62-46 decision.

Overton's girls beat East Lit 56-29.

MBA rolls: Post player David Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and led Montgomery Bell Academy to a convincing 69-52 win over University School of Nashville in the First Farmers Christmas Classic at Columbia Central High.

The 6-foot-8 Howard helped MBA (4-2) build a 33-21 halftime lead. Nilan Hodge, a Mr. Basketball finalist last March, had 17 for USN (8-2), which hit six 3-pointers.