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MMA back on winning track

Posted 2018-12-06 By Larry Beazley

    For Massanutten Military Academy’s post-grad basketball team there’s no place like home.

    After a grueling November while the Colonels saw their preseason national ranking fall from No. 5 to No. 12, they returned home a week ago to host a two-day tournament battered and bruised.

    MMA center Mahamadou Diawara suffered a groin injury and played sparingly in a national prep tournament in Connecticut when the Colonels’ record dropped to 6-2.

    Soon after that tournament, starting forward Jarvis Vaughan broke a finger and will wear a cast for two weeks.

    Meanwhile, Diawara was about 80 percent healed when MMA’s Holtzman Invitational began a week ago.

    Coach Chad Myers has relied on guard play to carry the team’s scoring. In the invitational, and they proved up to the task.

     The three combined for 108 points and 43 rebounds in victories over Bristol Prep, 106-79 and Covenant College Prep in the championship game, 86-67.

    Jarren McAllister scored 47 points and had 14 rebounds in the two games. Dereon Seabron, a point guard with a team high 16.1 points per game and a 3.6 rebound average per game, scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Brandon Suggs, who averages 12.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, had 26 points and 16 rebounds in the invitational.

    Diawara increased his playing time and scored 22 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in limited time.

    Daniel Corley, a Clinton, MD forward, replaced the injured Vaughn in the starting lineup and scored 22 points over the weekend.

    Nate Spurlock, Fairfax, a forward who split time with Diawara, scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

    Guard Jeffrey Armstrong, Rainsville, AL chipped in with 15 points.

    The Colonels are at Farmville today against Hampden Sydney’s junior varsity and then are at home Tuesday.