Thursday, February 21, 2008
Indians, Hawks roll in Region 3-3A round one
By CLAUDE VINSON
North Panola was the host school for the Region 3-3A Tournament and it was held in the coliseum at Northwest Community College. The Rosa Fort Lions and the Senatobia Lady Warriors had first round “byes” in this tournament.
The Cougars drew Byhalia in the first boys game on Tuesday.
Byhalia started with a 5-1 lead, which held up for the biggest part of the quarter. The Cougars got their offense on track and Dexter Robinson nailed a trey to give Panola a one-point lead. But Marquise Green placed one just right at the buzzer to tie it at 13 all at the end.
Byhalia fought hard to hold onto a slender lead in the second quarter. They were up by three, 34-31, when the whistle blew.
The Cougars launched a three- point assault after the break and erased the Indians’ lead and took one of their own. Byhalia didn’t shrink. They pushed back and tied it 54-54 when the third ended.
In the fourth quarter, it was big cat against fighting Indian. Byhalia actually won it at the charity stripe. They hit nine of 15 attempts in the stretch run. The Cougars could plant only four of eight. The Indians posted the 76-66 win and moved on to the semis.
Joshua Rodgers led the Indian effort with 18. Mario Parker was next with 15. Green and Jermone Marion followed with 10 each.
Robinson sank 23 for North Panola. He was followed by Aldrich Russell with 19. Brice Wilborn threw in eight.
Holly High downs Lewisburg
The Hawks drew the Patriots of Lewisburg for their first outing in the 3-3A tournament. The Patriots appeared to be ready to make a fight of it in the first quarter, despite Timothy Oliver starting the game with his usual expertise from three land. Lewisburg was just eight points behind when the quarter ended.
In the second quarter, the Patriots employed a patient offense – holding the ball outside and waiting for the Hawks to overcommit. But the Hawks were not buying it. They held the Pats to four points and stuck 16 for their side to hold a commanding lead of 34-14 at intermission.
It was a cakewalk from that point on for the Hawks. Coach Naylond Hayes went to his bench often. They strengthened the stranglehold to 42-18 at the end of three and went on to win 59-23.
Oliver paced the victors with 17. Douglas Faulkner added 11 and Shermaine Jones tossed in eight.
The Patriots didn’t have any shooters in double figures.
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