Coahoma Wins Nail-Biter with Itawamba 69-67
CLARKSDALE – With three seconds remaining in a nail-biting matchup between Coahoma and Itawamba following Patrick Brown’s tie-breaking score for CCC, the visiting Indians took aim, fired, and missed a long distance basket,and hometown team prevailed 69-67 at the buzzer.
Asked to describe the dimensions of Monday night’s victory, Coahoma’s Head Coach Ira Peterson, said, “This was a huge win.”
In the first game, Itawamba’s Lady Indians defeated Coahoma’s Lady Tigers 76-59 despite an initial five minutes of close play.
The teams were tied at nine when Itawamba’s Lydia Coleman nailed a pair of triples followed by a third shot missing three-point status by a hair.
Turnovers contributed to Coahoma’s growing deficit, and at halftime the Lady Indians were ahead 41-28.
Scoring for the Lady Tigers were Breanne Wiley with 21 points; Shavian Johnson, 11; Nikkei Evans and Bridgett Griffin, 10 each; Asante Collier, 4; and Shane Brooks, 3.
Lady Indians in the scoring column were Ty-Nita Baker, 16 points; Latoya Collins, 15; Lydia Coleman, 13; Ashley Wiley, 10; Alana Lynn, 9; Rebecca Payne, 6; Leslie Robinson, 3; Jasmine Hampton and Nicole Griffin, 2 each.
The men’s game was intense, fast-paced and semi-dangerous with energy.
At halftime, Itawamba was ahead one point: 29-28.
When Coahoma’s Deserve Rigueson sank a triple early in the second half, Itawamba’s Tre’ Wells soon answered with another.
CCC’s first lead in the second half (48-47) followed three consecutive baskets by Telvin Askew, Patrick Brown, and Carson Darcee.
The Indians cashed in on trips to the free throw line by Parris Jeans and Quintin Lee while a steal and score by Alex Thompson ignited CCC’s offense.
With less than four minutes remaining, the teams were tied at 61 and 63 with Tiger Alex Thompson contributing four points.
Tied again at 65, Itawamba inbounded the ball, went ahead two points, and Tiger Patrick Brown answered with two free throws, and the madness continued with Brown’s winning goal.
Scoring for CCC were Alex Thompson with 23 points; Patrick Brown, 14; Desorvil Rigueson, 13; Alan Morris, 6; Darcee Carson and Xavier Graves, 4 each; Jonathan Ankston, 3; and Telvin askew, 2.
Leading the scoring for Itawamba were Johnathan McGee, 13 points; Quintin Lee, 12; Deontaye Ewing, 11; Tre’ Wells, 9; Ben Seals, 8; Chris Harris and Parris Jeans, 6 each; and Mike Brand, 2.
Following Christmas holidays, Coahoma plays Jones County Junior College on the road Jan. 8, and the next home game is Thursday, Jan. 10, with Southern University.