Thursday, February 22, 2007
Indians down Hawks
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians, who had the top seed in this Region 3-3A Tournament and enjoyed a first round bye, could not translate either into a victory against the fifth-seeded Cougars of North Panola.
The Indians stayed close to the Cougars for three quarters Tuesday, Feb. 13. They were led by Cornelious Blackmon and Demarius Moore. Although play was erratic, the Indians were down by a scant four points at halftime.
The action got under way in speedy fashion in the third. Byhalia picked up a quick deuce but the Cougars came right back and protected their lead. Moore made a fast move and layed in two. Blackmon broke away and missed a slam dunk attempt but followed it up and converted. The Indians were one point back at the end of the third frame.
The fourth quarter saw both teams running and gunning. But the Cougars had better control. It turned into a train wreck about halfway through the quarter. The Indians’ offense completely broke down. The Cougars got the runaway win at 70-58.
Blackmon led the Indians with 21 and Moore had 15.
Rodregus Black led the Cougars with 26. Ramone Robinson and Bruce Wilburn had 16 and 10, respectively.
Byhalia bests Holly High in consolation round
In a game which saw two Marshall County teams not working for a crown but still contending, the Indians squared off against the Holly High Hawks Friday for third-place recognition.
From the outset, the Hawks experienced a scoring drought. The scoring was low on both sides but the Indians were six better at the end of the first quarter at 12-6.
Holly High’s bad breaks continued into the second and midway the Indians had moved out front 21-6. The Hawks were committing a bunch of turnovers.
Conversely, it seemed that every played Byhalia put on the floor was scoring. The Indians were shooting with confidence and often under pressure.
The Hawks scored just three points in the third which gave the Indians a 21-point margin at 30-9. They were up 42-26 at the end of the third.
Holly High tried hard to put a Band-Aid on the wound but 12 points is close as they would get. The Indians won it 52-40.
Both teams would go on to the North Half competition, which started Tuesday night of this week. Holly Springs visited Aberdeen; Byhalia traveled to Caledonia. With wins, they advance to Thursday.
Byhalia was led by Demarius Moore with 17 and Gunnett Joyner with 16.
Holly High was led by Cordell Jefferson with 10 and Timothy Oliver with nine.
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