Boys Roundup: Natchez High allows a Wingfield comeback, ends season

Published 12:01am Wednesday, February 19, 2014

JACKSON — Vincent Johnson led a balanced scoring attack for host Wingfield High School with 17 points while Jalen Ford and Frederick Wilson had 11 points each to lead the Falcons to a 71-67 come-from-behind win over the Natchez High Bulldogs Tuesday night in the first round of the MHSAA Division 6-5A Tournament.

Natchez High led Wingfield 67-66 with 32 seconds left, but the Falcons scored the final five points of the game to move on to the boys’ championship game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against No. 1 seed Brookhaven.

Even though the No. 2 seed Bulldogs were the higher-seeded of the two teams, the No. 3 seed Falcons were the home team because Wingfield is the host school for the tournament.

The Bulldogs got off to a rough start in the first quarter and were down 14-9 at the end of the quarter. They responded in a big way in the second quarter, outscoring the Falcons 28-19 to take a 37-33 lead at halftime.

Wingfield answered by outscoring Natchez High 18-14 in the third quarter to tie the game at 51-51. Neither team was able to pull away in the fourth quarter and it looked like the Bulldogs would advance to the finals, but in the end it was the Falcons who prevailed.

Six players for Wingfield ended up scoring at least eight points. Natchez High was led by De’Arius Griffin with a game-high 19 points while Dominique Mazique scored a season-high 15 points and Daryl Jones finished with 12 points.

Natchez High ended up with an overall record of 13-9.

ACCS 56, Riverfield Academy 48

WINONA — Tyler Stockstill led Adams County Christian School with a game-high 16 points as the Rebels got by the Riverfield Academy Raiders 56-48 Tuesday night in the first round of the MAIS Class AA State Tournament at Winona Christian School.

The first half was the key factor in ACCS’s opening-round win. The Rebels led Riverfield 14-10 after one quarter of play and then went on to outscore the Raiders 19-10 in the second quarter for a 33-20 halftime lead. The Raiders cut the lead to eight points, 41-33, after three quarters of play.

However, Riverfield couldn’t get any closer than that by game’s end as both teams scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Brody Cole finished with 13 points and Lester Wells scored 11 points for ACCS. Riverfield was led by Tristan Oswald with 12 points and Noah Wroten added nine points.

ACCS (26-3) advanced to the boys’ semifinals and will play again at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Hartfield Academy/Leake Academy game.