Tigers Pick Up Another Conference Win Against Bulldogs
Xavier Graves slams the ball, bringing the crowd to their feet!
CLARKSDALE — The Tigers got off to a sluggish start Thursday evening trailing by as much as 13 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, but they settled down, found their rhythm, and battled back to tie the game at halftime, and then put together a steady second half performance that led to a 78-71 MACJC North Division win over Holmes Community College.
The Tigers had three players scoring in double-digits led by Billy Jackson who knocked down 24 points; 10 of those came from the free throw line and six came from behind the 3-point arc. AlDario Alexander and Xavier Graves both added 10 points each. The balanced offensive effort continued down the roster with Markevius Brown and Darcee Carson scoring eight a piece, and Trey Allen and Cameron Monix both chipping in seven.
“We’re proud of this team, and I’ve been preaching all season long … this is a basketball team that shares the ball and plays for each other, that’s been one of the mottos we wanted to have, to play for your teammates and to play for your school and for your student body,” said Head Coach Ira Peterson. “But we especially wanted them to depend on your teammates and believe in your teammates and that is beginning to show on the court right now.
“We don’t depend on one person to do all of the scoring for us, we don’t depend on one person to be our main defensive player, and they’ve really bought into that and right now they are playing hard together and playing well for each other.”
The Tigers are currently in a solid position to nab one of the four-playoff spots from the MACJC North Division improving to 5-4 with Thursday’s win. Currently they sit below East Mississippi with a record of 5-2, Northwest 6-3 and Itawamba (who the Tigers defeated earlier this week) at 8-1.
“We’ re going to come right back in here tomorrow, we are going to enjoy this one tonight, and we’ll forget about it tomorrow and begin getting ready for Mississippi Delta,” said Peterson. “We’ll change our game plan for them, and we will continue to get ready for them one at a time. We think that’s the best way to do it. We are not going to look ahead and say, ‘if we win this one or if we lose this one,’ we’re going to continue to take them one at a time and continue to play and stick together and hope for the best.”
Coahoma will be on the road next week at Mississippi Delta on Monday and then return back home to the Pinnacle on Thursday to host Northeast. They will finish the regular season on the road Feb. 20 against East Mississippi in Scooba.
The Coahoma Community College women’s team dropped their MACJC North Division game against the Lady Bulldogs, 64-50. They closed the gap a handful of times during the second half to five points but were unable to break through that barrier.
The Lady Tigers pulled down a total of 57 rebounds during the contest, but shot just 15-of-68 from the floor (22%). Gabrielle Gilbert led CCC scoring 21 points with Ashley Smith and Ariel Jones each adding nine points each.
The Lady Tigers will also be on the road Monday night facing Mississippi Delta.
Tigers Scoring Summary
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|
| Bulldogs || 32 || 38 || 71 |
| CCC Tigers || 32 || 46 || 78 |
Monix 7, Alexander 10, Allen 7, Brown 8, Carson 8, Jackson 24, Dorsey 4, and Graves 10.
Lady Tigers Scoring Summary
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|
| Lady Bulldogs || 31 || 33 || || 64 |
| Lady Tigers || 23 || 27 || 50 |
Totten 2, Pearson 2, Smith 9, Jones 9, Gilbert 21, Williams 2, and Mayfield 5.