Tigers Hand ICC First Conference Loss in Overtime
CLARKSDALE — The Tigers enacted a measure of revenge on Monday night, evening the season series with MACJC North foe Itawamba with an exciting overtime victory. The two teams battled into overtime during their first meeting, but this time the Tigers came out on top handing ICC their first conference loss of the season, 88-81.
The Tigers trailed by a single point with 0:15 left in regulation but came up with a key turnover and basket in transition to give them a one-point with the clock winding down. The acrobatic layup by Billy Jackson (Tunica, MS) forced Itawamba to take the ball the length of the court with just 0:11 to play.
ICC’s Lakee Westbrook took the ball from out of bounds and dribbled the length of the court, drove the lane, and had his shot pinned against the glass by Coahoma’s Anthony Dorsey with one second remaining on the clock. However, the officials called Dorsey for a contact foul sending Westbrook to the line with a chance to win. He would miss the front end of the two-shot foul, and contact on the second to send the game into overtime.
OT belonged to the Tigers. They would outscore the Indians 13-6 in the extra frame including nailing some clutch free throws late to keep the game out of reach.
“Our guys executed our game plan tonight,” said Head Basketball Coach Ira Peterson. “We felt earlier this season when we played them on their campus (Dec. 9) that we should have won that game. We led the entire game until the final :00.9 seconds, and they hit a couple of free throws to send it into overtime (where the Tigers eventually lost).
“We focused tonight on finishing the game, and these guys really played hard. They gave us 45 minutes of hard work, everybody fought together and we got scoring out of everybody, and we got good defense out of everybody. We stopped their main player tonight, and I’m just really proud of them right now. Regardless of our record, we’ve let a lot of games like this slip away, but these guys have never quit … they’ll come in tomorrow ready to work, and you can’t ask for much more.”
The Tigers were led again off the bench by freshman Trey Allen (Clarksdale, MS) who poured in 21 points including four huge 3-pointers in the second half. He hit 11 of his 18 shots from the floor and went 3-of-5 from the free throw line.
Coahoma’s balanced scoring attack also included big nights from Jackson who netted 19 points and hit 10 of his 17 attempts from the floor; Markevius Brown (Mound Bayou, MS) added 15 points on the night all from behind the 3-point arc. Xavier Graves (Bassfield, MS) added 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor and converting 4-of-5 attempts from the free throw line; while Darcee Carson (Cleveland, MS) had the night’s most complete performance turning in a double-double (three assists shy of a triple-double) with 15 rebounds and 14 points.
“We’re a young team out there on the floor and we’re still learning, but this was a great win for us.”
The win brings the Tigers back to .500 at 4-4 in the MACJC North Division with four more division games left in the season. Coahoma will face Holmes CC at home on Thursday, be on the road at MS Delta (Feb. 10), back at the Pinnacle Feb 13 to take on Northeast and they will close out the regular season on the road in Scooba against East MS on Feb. 20.
Lady Tigers vs Lady Indians
It was a tough outing for the CCC women’s team on Monday hosting conference leader Itawamaba. The Lady Tigers were outmatched and dropped the conference game, 84-43.
Gabrielle Gilbert had another good outing for CCC scoring 14 points in the losing effort.
It’s been a tough run for the Lady Tigers this season but they will look to finish strong closing out the season as well against four MACJC North Division Opponents.
Tigers Scoring Summary
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|| ||OT|
| ICC Indians|| 36 || 39 || || 06 || || 81 |
| CCC Tigers || 36 || 39 || || 13 || || 88 |
Lady Tigers Scoring Summary
| ||1st|| ||2nd|| ||Final|
| Lady Indians || 36 || 48 || || 84 |
| Lady Tigers || 18 || 25 || 43 |