Boy’s basketball roundup: Trinity, ACCS top teams
TALLULAH, La. — Tommy McCoy had a game-high 26 points and Arzell McCoy scored 21 points to lead four Trinity Episcopal players in double figures as the Saints defeated the Claiborne Academy Rebels 84-48 Friday night in the boys’ semifinals of the MAIS Class A South Regional Tournament at Tallulah Academy.
Trinity Episcopal set the pace for the game with a strong first quarter on both ends of the court. The Saints ended up scoring 28 points while holding Claiborne Academy to just nine points. The second quarter was more competitive, but Trinity still outscored the Rebels 17-14 for a commanding 45-23 halftime advantage.
The Saints did not let up in the third quarter as they put up 24 points while the Rebels ended up with 13 points, giving Trinity a 69-36 lead. Wyatt Boothe had 14 points and Michael Whitley had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Saints.
Trinity Episcopal (23-0) will take on the winner of the Riverdale Academy/Cenla Christian Academy game at 6:15 p.m. today in the boys’ championship game.
ACCS 52, Hartfield Academy 49
MENDENHALL — The Hartfield Academy Hawks gave top-ranked Adams County Christian School all they could handle, but the District 5-AA champion Rebels held on for a 52-49 win Friday night in the boys’ semifinals of the MAIS Class AA South State Tournament at Simpson Academy.
The game was tied at 12-12 after one quarter of play, but then it looked like ACCS was on its way to taking control of the game after outscoring Hartfield Academy 17-11 in the second quarter for a 29-23 halftime lead. However, the Hawks responded with a 19-10 advantage in the third quarter for a 42-39 lead.
But the Rebels ramped up the defensive intensity in the fourth quarter and that was key in their comeback win as they outscored the Hawks 13-7.
Brandon Brooks led the Rebels with 13 points, Tyler Stockstill had 11 points and Chris Guedon added 10 points. The Hawks lost despite a game-high 23 points from Graham Yeatman.
ACCS (24-2) will take on the winner of the Brookhaven Academy/Simpson Academy game at 6:15 p.m. today in the boys’ championship game.
Vidalia 65, Buckeye 32
BUCKEYE, La. — Isiah Thompson led Vidalia with a game-high 19 points and Demarco Brown had 10 points as the Vikings rolled past the Buckeye Panthers 65-32 Friday night to get closer to claiming the LHSAA District 3-3A championship.
Vidalia took Buckeye out of this game in the early goings of the first quarter and never allowed the Panthers to get back in it. The Vikings jumped out to a 24-6 lead after one quarter of play and then led the Panthers 46-18 by halftime.
Vidalia (19-9, 8-1) hosts Avoyelles in its regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Jefferson County 62, Franklin County 52
FAYETTE — Ry’Yale Brown led Jefferson County with 24 points and Jadarrius Harried had 14 points as the Tigers defeated the Franklin County Bulldogs 62-52 Friday night in an MHSAA Division 7-3A game.
Jefferson County was only ahead of Franklin County 26-19 at halftime before using a 19-13 advantage in the third quarter to pull away from the Bulldogs. Dee Wright led Franklin County with 23 points.
Both Franklin County and Jefferson County will next play in the Division 7-3A Tournament at Crystal Springs High School, which begins Tuesday.
Ferriday 54, Oak Grove 23
OAK GROVE, La. — The Ferriday Trojans defeated the Oak Grove Tigers 54-23 Friday night for a much-needed win in LHSAA District 2-2A.
Whether this win will get Ferriday (N/A, 3-7) in the LHSAA Class 2A Playoffs will not be known until Monday.