Some 12 hours after the Livingston Academy football team saw its outstanding season brought to an end, the LA boys basketball team took to the hardwoods in a pair of Saturday exhibition games, winning one and dropping the second.
Former district foe Central Magnet was the first opponent and the Cats took a close 50-45 decision. In the second game, Livingston took on Fairview and fell 57-45. Both games were played without Will McDonald, Aubrey Hollars or Nate Carwile, all members of the football team.
In the opening game, Livingston fell behind 15-13 in the first quarter, but came on strong, both offensively and defensively, in the second quarter to take a 24-22 lead to the locker room at the half. A 16-point third quarter and 10 points in the final 8 minutes sealed the win.
Junior Matthew Sells paced the Cats with 21 points that included two 3-pointers. He claimed seven rebounds in the game. Hunter Coffman followed with 10 points and one rebound, Parker Coleman had eight points and two rebounds, Eli Melton ripped the nets for seven points and a pair of rebounds, and Dawson Simmons rounded out the scoring for LA with four points and four rebounds.
In the day’s second contest against Fairview, the Cats got off to a slow start, rallied in the third quarter, then struggled through the final frame for the 12-point loss. Fairview scored 17 points in both the first and second frames to take a 34-21 lead to the intermission, then settled in for nine points in the third period and 14 in the fourth. Livingston, meanwhile, could muster 15 in the third frame, but only nine in the final period.
Sells again led LA in scoring, this time with 28 and four rebounds. Coleman had six markers and four rebounds, Brookston Campbell had three points, Coffman, Blain Melton, and Simmons each added a pair of points. Melton had one rebound, Simmons added three and Eli Melton, although scoreless, pulled in four rebounds.
The Wildcats will start their regular schedule this Thursday when they travel to Jackson County for the Hall of Fame season opener. Play will continue on Saturday when the boys and girls LA teams travel to Clarkrange for Hall of Fame Day. The boys will take on the Clarkrange at 12:30 p.m. and then Tullahoma at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Wildcats will face off against Blackman at 2 p.m. and close out the day against Tullahoma at 5 p.m.
Livingston boys and girls teams will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Pickett County. Play starts at 6 p.m.