Vidalia boys hang on for victory

Published 11:47 pm Saturday, December 1, 2007

VIDALIA — It was a thriller in Vidalia.

Vidalia held on in overtime to defeat Ferriday 49-45 in the Ronnie Brown Memorial Basketball Tournament.

The Vidalia Vikings controlled the first half of the game with a strong defense and fast-paced offense.

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“Our defense worked when we rotated,” Viking head coach Robert Sanders said.

After halftime, Ferriday came out with an altered game plan and trailed by only one point at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

With 5:33 left in the fourth quarter, a technical foul was called on Vidalia standout Gary Stewart causing him to foul out of the game.

“Jodeci Barksdale stepped up and did a good job,” Sanders said.

The Vikings still had the lead but lost it when Ferriday’s Matthew Smith hit two free throws to tie the game at 43 and send it into overtime.

Ferriday scored first, but it would also be their only score in the overtime.

Vidalia’s Quan Riley scored for Vidalia with 1:28 left to tie it.

Quatrell Thomas would then score the last four points to seal the victory for the Vikings.

“It was a tough game,” Ferriday head coach James Davis said.

Thomas was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Vidalia faces Ferriday again Tuesday at home.

Ferriday girls 65, Block 56

The Ferriday Lady Trojans came out swinging and never looked back.

Ferriday used a strong first half to build up a 12-point halftime lead en route to a 65-56 win over Block in the girls championship game of the Ronnie Brown Memorial Basketball Tournament.

In the third quarter, Block came back closing the gap to two points before Ferriday used a 6-0 run to finish off the Lady Bears.

Jasmine Butler led Ferriday with 18 points.

Amesha Beard led Block with 17 points.

Jasmine Upchurch of Ferriday was the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.