Tigers Exit MACJC State Tournament in First Round
FULTON, MS — The Coahoma Community College men's basketball team received an early exit from the 2014 MACJC State Tournament Monday afternoon, 84-57, against Jones County Junior College. The Tigers (the fourth seed from the North Division) fell behind early and were never able to recover against the South Division's top seed at the Davis Event Center on the Itawamba Community College campus.
CCC trailed the Bobcats (20-4) by as much as 22 points in the first half (8:10 remaining) and could not muster the consistent shooting necessary to bring them back in the second half.
Jones pounded the ball down low against the Tigers with their two big men Johnny Zuppardo and Leroy Fludd combining to score 44 points.
The Tigers were led by sophomore Markevius Brown (Mound Bayou, MS) who scored 17 points in the tournament opener with sophomores Billy Jackson (Tunica, MS) and Darcee Carson (Cleveland, MS) contributing nine and eight points respectively.
“(Jones) was a pretty good team and we knew that they were going to cause us problems,” said Tigers Head Coach Ira Peterson. “We knew that we were going to be outmanned size-wise, but our guys never gave up and they fought hard all year long. (Monday) we were just had that ‘deer in headlights’ look and were a little bit nervous. (Jones’) experience and size had a real impact on the outcome.”
CCC finished the 2014 season with a 9-15 overall record and 7-5 in the North Division during the regular season. But with just two starters returning from last year’s team (that also qualified for the MACJC State Tournament), Peterson said he was proud of the efforts of his players and looks for even greater success next season.
“We were very young this year, and I believed that we overachieved,” he said. “These kids really bought into the program, and we were able to have some success in our division, and I’m really looking forward to this group of freshman coming back with more experience and greater confidence next season.”
For five CCC sophomores it was their last game in a Tigers jersey, but Peterson said it won’t be their last time playing ball at the collegiate level with most expected to continue at four-year schools.
“We definitely expect three or four to sign on at four-year schools, and we have a couple that are being recruited pretty well by Division I schools,” said Peterson. “There’s some talent here, and I couldn’t be prouder of the way these guys fought hard all season long.”