Huntington, Trinity, Vidalia take playoff wins Tuesday

Published 3:01 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2007

For the second straight night, the Huntington Hounds held off a fourth-quarter rally to escape with a narrow win at the MPSA Overall Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

On Monday night it was East Rankin Academy. Tuesday night, Leake Academy provided the drama as its outscored Huntington 24-17 in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough as the Hounds held on for a 78-76 win in the quarterfinals.

Huntington (34-4) had its starting five score in double figures, which offset a horrible performance at the free-throw line. The Hounds made just 11 of 25 free throws from the line while Leake Academy was an incredible 19-of-24.

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The game was not a pretty game at all. The two teams combined for 50 turnovers while 34 total fouls were called – 17 on each team.

Ricky Dunbar led Huntington, the Class A No. 2 seed, with 22 points to go with eight rebounds. Brand Bradley had 15 points while Antonio Jordan finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, seven blocked shots and four steals before fouling out.

Trey Corbett scored 13 points and Stan Hazlip chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds for Huntington, which will take on the winner of the Trinity Episcopal/Madison-Ridgeland Academy game in the semifinals Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Jackson Prep.

Despite being out-rebounded 38-33, the Hounds outscored the Rebels 44-32 in the paint and shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the field. Huntington’s defense held Leake Academy to just 35.7 percent from the field.

The key quarter in Huntington’s win was the third quarter. After leading by just two points at halftime, 39-37, the Hounds outscored the Rebels 22-15 in the third quarter to take a 61-52 into the fourth quarter.

Lance Jones led Leake Academy (25-11) with 22 points, but he made just seven of 30 shots. Adam Byrd and Lee Powers each scored 17 points for Rebels. Byrd also had 12 rebounds and Jones had nine rebounds.

Trinity Episcopal boys 60, Marshall Academy 41

CLINTON — The first of four games in the boys’ bracket Tuesday at the MPSA Overall Tournament at Mississippi College was a battle of No. 4 seeds as Trinity Episcopal from Class A took on Marshall Academy from Class AA.

Actually, from the second quarter on, the Saints controlled the pace of the game on both ends of the court during a 60-41 win as they got a big game from Matthew Freeman and held the Patriots to 32 percent shooting.

Trinity Episcopal improved to 17-13 overall and will take on a familiar opponent in the quarterfinals today at 4:15 p.m. — Madison-Ridgeland Academy, the Class AAA state champion.

Trinity got off to a slow start and trailed the Patriots 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. Led by Freeman, Jon Davis King and Parker Brumfield, the Saints outscored the Patriots 16-8 in the second quarter for a 23-16 halftime lead.

The Saints then put the game completely out of reach with a 22-12 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Freeman dominated the inside on both ends of the court as he finished with 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, six of them on the offensive end. Nine of the shots he made were from inside 10 feet.

Jon Davis King ended up with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists while Brumfield had 10 points and four rebounds. Stevan Ridley had an all-around solid performance with seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Trinity shot an astounding 51.2 percent from the field (21-of-41) while out-rebounding Marshall 42-16. The only thing that perhaps head coach David King wasn’t thrilled about was the 16 turnovers the Saints committed.

Marshall Academy was abysmal from three-point range, making just three of 22 from behind the arc. The Patriots also had just three assists and were outscored in the paint 38-22.

Today will the final day of competition at the Overall Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus. Play resumes Friday at Jackson Prep with the boys’ and girls’ semifinals with the finals on Saturday.

Vidalia boys 65, North Caddo 59

VIVIAN, La. — Gary Stewart scored 23 points while Quartrell Thomas and Brandon Hawkins each scored 11 points as the Vikings slowly pulled away in the second half to defeat the Rebels Tuesday night in the regional round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Vidalia, the No. 2 seed out of District 4-2A, improved to 18-11 overall and will host District 7-2A champion Ville Platte Friday night at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinal round with a spot in the Top 28 Tournament on the line.

The Vikings trailed 15-12 at the end of the first quarter to North Caddo, a wild-card entry by virtue of its third-place finish in District 1-2A, before outscoring the Rebels 17-14 in the second quarter to tie the game at 29-29 at halftime.

Vidalia then outscored North Caddo (9-18) by three points in each of the final two quarters to win the game and move on to the quarterfinals. Devin Washington led the Rebels with a game-high 24 points.