Boys’ roundup: ACCS pulls a shocker

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 9, 2004

CENTRAL, La. &045; Ray Simpson hit one of the biggest shots in Adams Christian basketball history as his 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Rebels a stunning 49-48 win over the Central Private Rebels in a pivotal District 2-AAA matchup Tuesday.

Simpson led ACCS (10-1, 3-0) with 13 points, but it will be his game-winning shot that Rebel fans will remember for quite some time &045; especially because it was at Central Private, a place where very few teams leave with a win.

&uot;Beating Central Private on their floor is big. It’s a big win for us,&uot; ACCS head coach John Gray said. &uot;We just beat a good team tonight.&uot;

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Glenn Williams had 12 points and Luke Ogden added 11 points for ACCS.

The way the first half was going, one wouldn’t have thought the game would go down to a buzzer-beater.

Central Private (15-3, 1-1) took a 16-11 lead after one quarter of play and increased its lead to 28-19 at halftime.

But unlike previous games between the two teams, ACCS didn’t panic in the second half. Instead, the Rebels kept attacking Central Private on both ends of the court.

&uot;They played as a team tonight,&uot; Gray said.

ACCS chipped away at Central Private’s lead in the third quarter, trailing by seven at the end of the quarter.

&uot;We really handled the ball&uot; well, Gray said.

Then ACCS mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, thanks to a defense that held Central Private to just eight points and kept the Rebels in the game.

Then the game came down to Simpson’s dramatic shot from downtown, which went in &045; much to the delight of ACCS fans and to the shock and dismay of Central Private fans.

&uot;I was pleased with how we played on offense and defense,&uot; Gray said.

Wilkinson 67, Port Gibson 56

WOODVILLE &045; Point guard Bryant Spiller hit a huge 3-pointer with 3:18 left in the game to spark the Wildcats to take the Region 7-3A win over Port Gibson at the WCHS gym.

The Blue Waves, who trailed by 11 in the third quarter, battled back to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter and make a game out of it.

The Blue Waves got two free throws from Jermey Yates with 3:37 left to cut the lead to 54-51 before Spiller got open in the corner to knock down the triple.

Spiller’s shot sparked a 9-0 before Spiller got open in the corner to knock down the triple.

Spiller’s shot sparked a 9-0 run to blow the game open.

Port Gibson battled back to cut the lead to 34-29 at half, but the Wildcats got a 6-0 run to start the second half and take a 40-29 lead.

Spiller led all scorers with 24 points.

Cathedral 61, MiSD 55

NATCHEZ &045; As well as the Green Wave have been playing of late, there was no way they were going to stay winless in Region 7-1A for much longer.

And the Bulldogs found how much coach Bobby Holder’s Cathedral squad has improved in a big win for the Green Wave Tuesday.

Russell Barmer led Cathedral (4-11, 1-2) with 24 points and added six assists. Turner Smith and Johnathan Jackson each had a double-double for the Green Wave.

Cathedral trailed MSD (10-2, 2-1) 29-26 at halftime, but rallied in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 20-12 in the third quarter and 15-14 in the fourth quarter.

Block 72, LaSalle 61

JONESVILLE, La. &045; The combination of Jeremy Washington and Jamarkus Crumpton helped the Bears overcome a slow start en route to the 11-point win.

Block (9-4) took control of the game by dominating the Tigers in the second and third quarters, outscoring them a combined 41-24 over that 16-minute span.

Trinity 69, Amite SC Center 24

LIBERTY &045; This game was over early as the Saints dominated from start to finish to stay undefeated in MPSA District 7-A with a big win Tuesday night.

Trinity (7-6, 5-0) took a 10-point lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

Tensas 45, WCCA 25

WOODVILLE &045; Even though no one for the Chiefs scored in double figures, they were never in any trouble as they cruised to a 20-point win in MPSA District 7-A action Tuesday night.

Tensas (6-8, 4-1) broke open a close game by dominating the Rams (3-7, 2-2) in the second and third quarters.

Jefferson 54, Franklin 43

MEADVILLE &045; Tiger head coach Marcus Walton is still looking for a complete game from his players. In the meantime, Jefferson County just keeps on winning.

The Tigers had three players score in double figures, led by Joshfer Nichols’ 15 points, as they broke open an early 8-6 lead with 21 points compared to the Bulldogs’ 12 in the second period.

&uot;We came out aggressive in the second quarter. We got some easy opportunities that we missed in the first quarter,&uot; JC head coach Marcus Walton said. &uot;We stepped up our defensive intensity.&uot;