Southern Jaguars defeat CCC Tigers 88-84 in double OT
Shreveport women’s team also travels home with 81-55 victory
CLARKSDALE – Weary and wiped out sports fans left the Pinnacle in silence late Thursday following the double overtime 88-84 victory of Southern University’s Jaguars over the hometown Coahoma Tigers who dominated the first half, were tied at 68 in the second half; , and 76 following the first overtime.
The Lady Jaguars also traveled back to Shreveport with a convincing 81-55 win over CCC’s Lady Tigers following a competitive first half with Coahoma women trailing only two points (29-27) two minutes before halftime.
With a tentative beginning, the women’s game picked up momentum with the sharpshooting skills of Coahoma’s Bridgette Griffin of Lambert and Southern’s Alexis Glasper of Baton Rouge.
Two points by Kelsey Walthall increased Southern’s lead 37-31 at the buzzer, but the second half skyrocketed with a barrage of baskets for the Lady Jaguars.
Griffin was CCC’s leading scorer with 27 points. Others scoring were Jasmine Brown with 7; Antoine Mayfield and Nekeia Evens, 6 each; Krystal Pearson, 5; Breanna Wiley and Tamora Shelton, 2 each.
Alexis Glasper with 14 points led Southern’s scoring with Jazmine Ocanas, 13; Triana Wilridge and Tytionna Pratt, 12 each; Rene-Ceah Beard, 10; Kelsey Walthall, 7; Mariah Gilliam and Luv Blackburn, 4 each; Eboni Mitchell, 3; and Sharon Uyinmwen, 2 .
Coahoma jumped out early in the men’s game with a triple by Rigueson Desorvil answered by a pair of treys from Southern’s Demarcus Bowie and A’torri Shine to tie the game at 12.
However, a pass from CCC’s Darcee Carson to Tavin Askew ignited a basket and return slam to Carson to open the Tiger lead 26-17. A triple by Stacey Regular kicked it up 32-22, and at halftime, Coahoma was ahead 35-28.
Following the second half revival path pursued by the Lady Jaguars, the Southern men scored seven unanswered points to tie at 35, then 39, 43, and 45.
A technical foul was called against Coahoma that seemed to slow down Tiger action until Alex Thompson nailed a triple to tie at 49, and the lead seesawed until Alan Morris sank a free throw to tie the regulation game at 68 and move into overtime.
Coahoma’s Patrick Brown scored the first basket, and Southern’s Donald Francis followed with a triple, and OT ended with a tie at 76.
Southern’s super shooters: Joseph James and Francis scored when they were open; CCC’s Stacey Regular hit a three-pointer to tie at 84. With .47 seconds remaining, James scored a triple (87-84) and a free throw to win.
Leading the scoring for Coahoma was Alex Thompson with 30 points followed by Patrick Brown with 15; Darcee Carson, 13; Stacey Regular, 11; Alan Morris, 7; Desorvul, 5; Tavin Askew, 2; and Stanley Haywood, 1.
Scoring for Southern were Joseph James with 30 points; Donald Francis, 23; A’Torri Shine, 11; Demarcus Bowie, 8; Jeffery Drew, 7; Reginald Owens, 5; Michael Bolden, 3.
The CCC teams play at home Tuesday, Jan. 15, vs. Holmes Community College, and the annual Basketball Homecoming game with Hinds Utica is Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.