Tigers Avenge Early-Season Loss to Arkansas Baptist
CLARKSDALE — The Coahoma Community College men’s basketball team earned its second win of the season while avenging a loss earlier this season at Arkansas Baptist. After an even first half of play, the Buffaloes to a slim 38-34 lead into the locker room.
Arkansas Baptist turned it up a notch in the second half and looked like it was on its way to another victory over Coahoma stretching out a 16-point lead heading into the final 7:00 of the game, 69-53. But the Tigers battled back sparked by two big 3-point baskets from AlDario Alexander in the game’s final minutes. Billy Jackson also closed out the game strong for CCC scoring 17 of the team’s final 33 points to help fuel the comeback. Jackson also came up with a steal in the game’s final seconds to seal the win.
The Tigers took the lead 76-75 with just over 1:00 to play in the game on a driving bucket from guard Cameron Monix. Arkansas Baptist would tie things at the foul line at 76-76 with 0:38 left in regulation. The Tigers brought the ball up the length of the court and missed a jumper to give them the lead, however, CCC banged the boards and after three attempts at taking the lead from inside the paint were off the mark, Darcee Carson was fouled and sent to the line with 0:10 left on the clock.
Carson hit both of his free throws, and Jackson came up with the big steal on the Buffaloes next possession to give Coahoma (2-8, 0-2 in MACJC North) the 78-76 win. Tigers coach Ira Peterson was happy with the way his team battled.
“There’s no question that our guys have been working hard all season, and last night we weren’t really clicking on all cylinders,” said Peterson. “We just kept telling our guys to keep plugging away. We applied some pressure, got some turnovers down the stretch that turned into baskets and the last (10:00) of the game was really in our favor.”
Jackson, the sophomore from Tunica, led the Tigers in scoring finishing with 26 points; 18 of those in the second half. Cleveland sophomore Carson ended with 17 including the winning free throws; the freshman from Clarksdale Monix finished with 10, and the sophomore from Clinton Alexander finished with eight.
(Alexander) could really be a starter for us, he played last season and has some experience and has been playing really well all season,” said Peterson. “But since we are so inexperienced, we think that he brings something special off of the bench, and tonight he provided a big spark for us.”
Both the men and the women will have a few weeks off during the Christmas break holiday and will return to the Pinnacle for their next game against Southern University on Jan. 9. The girls will tip-off at 6 p.m., with the men to follow at 8 p.m.
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