Tigers headed to MACJC state tournament Monday at Itawamba
CLARKSDALE — The Coahoma Community College men’s basketball team will be headed to Fulton, MS to take part in the Men’s MACJC State Tournament on Monday, and the Tigers will need to be well prepared, as they will face the 25th ranked, and top-seeded, South Division Champions Jones County Junior College Bobcats in the opening-round.
JCJC finished its regular season with a 19-4 overall record and an 11-3 record in the MACJC South. The State Tournament will take place Monday-Thursday at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College. The Coahoma and Jones matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
Four men’s games will be played on Monday, four women’s games on Tuesday and the tournament semifinals will be played Wednesday. The women’s state championship game tips off at 6 p.m. on Thursday with the men’s game following at 8 p.m.
The Tigers (9-14 overall, 7-4 in the MACJC North) have been a streaky team during the past month. Win streaks of three and four games, highlighted by a victory over North Division top seed Itawamba, secured CCC a berth into the tournament as a fourth seed, but they enter the postseason suffering two consecutive losses this week to non-conference opponent Baton Rogue (Monday night) and East Mississippi (Thursday night).
The Lions defeated Coahoma 71-56 on the road in Scooba, completing the regular-season sweep.
“We went into (Thursday night’s) game with what we believe was a good game plan and it worked to an extent,” said Head Coach Ira Peterson. “(East MS) is a very talented team that has been pretty hot as of late, and we played along with them, but we just seemed to be one step behind them all night. We were just a steal, a loose ball or a rebound away at times from making it a real competitive game.”
The Tigers fell behind early (37-25 at the half) and played catch up for most of Thursday’s game. CCC stayed with East Mississippi in the game’s second half (34-31) but could overcome the halftime deficit. They were led by sophomore Billy Jackson (Tunica, MS) who was one rebound away from a double-double performance scoring 17 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Sophomore Darcee Carson (Cleveland, MS) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and four assists with sophomore Markevius Brown (Mound Bayou, MS) chipping in 11 points in the losing effort.
However, the postseason brings with it new life for the Tigers and coach Peterson and the CCC men have had just one goal from the beginning of the season, a goal that is within their reach.
“We’re going into the playoffs thinking that this is a completely new season, we have no wins and no losses, and we have the opportunity to bring a championship back to Coahoma,” said Peterson. “We are going to be working hard in preparation, watching a lot of film and putting together a game plan that will get us a win.”
Tigers Scoring Summary
Final Men’s MACJC Division Standings
|*Itawamba>||9 – 3|
|*East MS>||8 – 3|
|*Northwest>||8 – 4|
|*Coahoma>||7 – 5|
|Holmes>||4 – 7|
|MS Delta>||3 – 9|
|Northeast>||2 – 10|
|*Jones>||11 – 3|
|*MS Gulf Coast>||11 – 3|
|*Pearl River>||9 – 5|
|*Southwest>||6 – 8|
|Co-Lin>||5 – 9|
|Meridian>||5 – 9|
|Hinds>||5 – 9|
|East Central>||4 – 10|