Thursday, October 30, 2008
Byhalia High hosts ‘play day’
By CLAUDE VINSON
Saturday, Byhalia invited eight teams to take part in a fast-paced “play day.”
According to coach Michael Neal, head mentor for the Byhalia Indians, it would give teams an opportunity to go against players outside their own teams. The games began promptly at high noon with Senatobia and New Albany squaring off. Six of the invited teams were from Mississippi and two were from Tennessee.
The Warriors and Bulldogs had to have a two- minute “tie breaker” beyond the regular 16 minutes. They played off a 23-23 tie with the Warriors winning out 30-27.
Game two saw Senatobia taking out the Memphis Trotters (Wooddale) by a score of 34-25.
Game three was between Holly High and the Hernando Tigers. The Hawks started slow but picked up the pace and the win at 36-18.
Game four was played between the North Hampton Falcons and the Oxford Chargers. Both teams were very aggressive but the Falcons outflew the Chargers 54-33.
Number five was the Indians out-hustling the New Albany Bulldogs by a score of 38-18. The Bulldogs couldn’t get anything to fall. Six minutes into the game and they had posted only a deuce. In game six Hernando fell to the Shannon Red Raiders at 38-23.
Game seven had Oxford facing the Memphis Trotters (Wooddale). The Trotters were no match for Oxford in this one. They fell 46-21.
Game eight saw Holly High in its second contest, this time versus North Hampton. The Hawks turned back the Falcons with a score of 33-28.
Byhalia closed the day out with a game against the Red Raiders. Shannon took the lead early and Byhalia could not come back. The score was 41-26.
The attending crowd was treated to a day of fast action, highlighted by dunks and long-looping treys. The two game “round robin” was completed in just under seven hours.
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