Successful initial return for Tatum

Former EPAC participant beats Elida behind Medlin’s 22


Elida fell behind early to Tatum in a quarterfinal of the EPAC Boys Basketball Tournament on Wednesday and that turned out to be a bad move.

That’s because every time that the Tigers threatened to come back, Coyotes guard Logan Medlin shot them down.


Medlin’s long-rang shooting accuracy helped Tatum keep it’s early-acquired advantage and the Coyotes advanced to the semifinals on Friday against Floyd.


“I wouldn’t say it was a normal shooting night. I’d like to say it was, but it’s not always like this,” said Medlin, who finished with 22 points.

Several players for Tatum (7-3), five in fact, got in on the act as the Coyotes moved to a 12-3 lead near the end of the first quarter. Elida, paced by 17 points from Jordyn Tivis and 10 more from Kody Paiz, trailed by 10 early in the second period.

But the Tigers made the score 20-16 when Paiz made a shot from the floor, was fouled, and converted an ensuing free throw. That’s when Medlin dialed up from long-distance and swished a three – one of several occasions when he would take the wind out of Elida’s sails on the night.

“The kid is a great ball player and our kids know him well. He rodeos a lot, just like our kids do, they’re best friends,” Elida coach Darrell Chenault said. “They know the boy can play. We’ve got to give them the credit, they spread us out and we had to take a few chances.” 



In the second period, Elida (5-6) eventually trailed 27-16. At the start of the third, it was an eight-point game when Medlin’s 3 kicked off a nine-point run.

The appearance in the EPAC tournament is the first for Tatum in over a decade and the Coyotes were seeded second in the 12-team boys draw.

“I know Tatum was in it around 15 years ago and got out because the coach didn’t want to play the same teams that were in his district,” Medlin said. “But I came up here the last few years and just watched. My dad and I would come up because it’s good basketball.

“I was excited whenever they said we were in this year,” he added. “My dad played in it, because he graduated from Tatum too.”


A point of emphasis for Tatum, entering the contest at Melrose High, was to contain Elida’s Paiz. On Tuesday, Paiz racked up 30 in an opening round win over Clovis Christian.

“The main thing is that we needed to know where he was at all times,” Tatum coach Kurt Stephens said. “He played really, really well last night and we had to make it hard for him to catch and contest every shot.

“I thought we did a real good job of knowing where he was,” Stephens added. “He works hard and I don’t know what he had tonight, but he had to work for everything he got.”






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