Tigers Extend Win Streak to Three at Northeast MS
BOONEVILLE — The Coahoma Community College men’s basketball team has found a rhythm, and seems to be firing on all cylinders after collecting it’s third consecutive MACJC conference win Tuesday night on the road in Booneville. The Tigers outlasted NEMCC with some hot outside shooting, scoring a third of their points from behind the 3-point arc in their 72-64 win.
Sophomore Markevius knocked down three of those and led Coahoma scoring 22 points. Clarksdale native Trey Allen connected on three triples as well, scoring 13 total, while keeping his hot hand of late. The freshman dropped 23 points off the bench in Saturday’s Homecoming win over Mississippi Delta, and had another good performance Tuesday.
Coahoma Head Coach Ira Peterson said the recent win streak is a product of his younger players gaining the confidence that only comes with the experience of playing at the next level after high school.
“We have been impressed with (Allen) since he was in high school, and we knew that he would bring a lot of hustle and strong defense with him,” said Peterson. “He has been playing well for us all season and now his confidence is building and he’s knocking down his shots as well, which is an added bonus.”
Another spark of late from off the bench has come from Lexington, MS Freshman Robert Jordan who scored 14 in Tuesday’s win in Booneville including two, 3-pointers. Jordan is a physical presence for the Tigers who also added a game-high (tied with Anthony Dorsey and Xavier Graves) six rebounds.
“Robert is a physical guy, and he’s been playing well all season too,” said Peterson. “Sometimes it just takes freshmen a little while to come in and learn the program. Both of these guys, and our entire team, has gotten better every time they’ve gotten on the floor.”
The Tigers (3-2 in the MACJC and 5-10 overall) are in for a tough matchup Monday night as they welcome East Mississippi Community College to the Pinnacle for another MACJC showdown. EMCC is currently 9-4 overall (with a game scheduled Thursday against Northwest CC) and 1-3 in the conference.
In preparation this week, Peterson says it will be business as usual, and that his players will be suited up and ready next week to try and extend the win streak to four games.
“We won’t change our routine, (Wednesday) we will workout and shoot,” and (Thursday) we will begin to prepare for Monday’s game with East Mississippi,” said Peterson. “Our guys are really beginning to believe in each other and are playing well together. They don’t need a lot to motivate them right now. We’ve never had a problem with the character and work ethic in our guys. They are just playing now with a little more confidence and beginning to believe in their ability.”
The Lady Tigers will be searching for their first conference win of the season Monday night, against East Mississippi, after dropping their conference game Tuesday night on the road in Booneville, 77-67.
Coahoma (1-12, 0-5) couldn’t overcome a 14-point halftime deficit against NEMCC Tuesday. The Lady Tigers outscored Northeast by four points in the second half, but still took one on the chin, 77-67.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas’ Gabrielle Gilbert produced a double-double for CCC scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the loss. Freshman (Canton, MS) Ariel Jones added 14 points and Cleveland, OH sophomore Krystal Pearson scored 12 points in the losing effort.
The Lady Tigers are in for another strong opponent when East Mississippi (8-6 overall and 3-1 in MACJC) travels to Clarksdale Monday night.
Tip-off for the women’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. Fans will have a chance to win Walmart gift certificates at halftime with “A Minute To Win It” games scheduled for a few lucky fans who sign up to participate.
|Tigers Scoring Summary|
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|
|Coahoma: Monix 4, Brown 22, Caarson 3, Jackson 4, Graves 9,|
Allen 13, Robert Jordan 14, Dorsey 3.
|Lady Tigers Scoring Summary|
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|
|Coahoma: Mayfield 6, Sisk 9, Pearson 12, Jones 14, Gilbert 18,|
Blair 6, Irby 2.