eliminates Indians from tourney
The Byhalia Indians put four men in double figures as they easily handled the Mooreville Troopers in their play-in game of the North region.
The Indians were never in trouble and led all the way to the 86-55 home victory on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Cordell Jefferson hit 21 for high-point honors, followed by Lavar Craine with 18, 13 from Kenneth Smith and 10 from Norell Malone. Adarryl Richmond and Jeremy Lucas had eight each.
Ross Saltars was the only shooter in double figures for the Troopers. He had 13.
The Indians met a more than formidable foe in the Nettleton Tigers in their first game in Ripley.
In a quarter-final game which promised plenty of hustle from the very start, the Tigers jumped out to a 27-16 first quarter lead. One of those shots was blasted from just across center line to beat a two- second clock.
Each side was going after the shooter on defense. They were exerting tight pressure and attempting to spoil shots. The Tigers had a 49-37 margin at halftime.
The Indians were able to cut that lead by four at the end of three completed quarters with Richmond demanding attention in the lane. His play really picked up in the waning moments of the third frame, and Byhalia cut it down to a single digit.
But costly and untimely turnovers afforded the Tigers too many scoring opportunities and they took advantage.
The Indians just couldnt get the upper hand in the last frame and the Tigers held on for an 81-73 win.
Begundi Walton led Nettleton with 23, while Jimmy Word and Jermandy Jackson had 15 each, and Pierre Hadley and Adrain Doss had 12 and 11, respectively.
Richmond paced the Indians with 24, backed up by Cordell Jefferson with 19 and Demarius Moore with 14.
The Indians, coached by Charles Gillespie, finished the season with a 22-7 record. He loses five seniors Kenneth Smith, Sylvester Carradine, Richmond, Lucas and Craine.
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