Wave win at buzzer

Published 12:45 am Wednesday, January 30, 2008

TYLERTOWN — Skylar Bacon’s put-back of a missed running jump shot by Juan Gray at the buzzer gave the Cathedral Green Wave a hard-fought 41-39 win over the Dexter Bulldogs at the Salem gym in Region 8-1A action Tuesday night.

Gray, who led Cathedral with 15 points, tied the score at 39-39 with a big three-pointer with about a minute and a half remaining in the game. Then Dexter surprisingly turned the ball over and the Green Wave held the ball for the final 1:19 – making sure that either they would win the game or it would go into overtime.

Gray’s attempt to win the game with his jumper wouldn’t fall, but Bacon, who finished with 10 points, was there for the rebound and got the ball out of his hands just before the buzzer sounded.

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“It was a defensive battle. They played a 1-3-1 zone and we played a 2-3 zone for most of the game. But in the fourth quarter, we went to a man-to-man and we outscored them 14-6,” Green Wave head coach Peter Arnold said. “It was an uphill battle. We trailed for the entire ball game”

Led by Terrance Marks, Dexter (6-4 in region play) jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. But Cathedral (18-5, 6-2) battled back in the second quarter and by halftime trailed by just five points. Marks scored 18 points.

Cathedral’s Region 8-1A games at home against Resurrection have been rescheduled — again. The games will now be played on Thursday, Feb. 7 with the varsity girls game at 2 p.m. followed by the varsity boys game at 3:30 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal 62, Chamberlain-Hunt 57

PORT GIBSON — For one of the few times this season, the Saints actually trailed after three quarters of play. But as all good teams do, they rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Wildcats in MPSA District 3-AA action.

Trinity (20-3, 7-0) got off an uncharacteristically slow start and trailed Chamberlain-Hunt 18-10 as the first quarter came to an end. The Saints scored 18 points in the second quarter, but they still found themselves trailing by one point at halftime.

Chamberlain-Hunt appeared poised to upset the No. 2 ranked team in Class AA when it outscored Trinity 15-12 in the third quarter for a 44-40 lead. But the Saints responded on both ends of the court, outscoring the Wildcats 22-13 to escape with the win.

Brandon Daggs led Trinity with 20 points and Matthew Freeman scored 14 points. David Hahn led Chamberlain-Hunt with a game-high 22 points, but Dane Rickels was plagued by foul trouble in the second half and finished with 12 points.

Natchez High 58, Jefferson County 56

NATCHEZ — The Bulldogs scored just nine points in the first quarter, yet they overcame that slow start by outscoring the Tigers 33-23 in the second half en route to a two-point win Tuesday night.

Jefferson County (17-10) led by eight points at the end of the first quarter and kept that lead at halftime. However, Natchez High played more aggressively on the defensive end, which forced the Tigers to take some tough shots when they weren’t turning the ball over.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 18-13 in the third quarter and won the game with a 15-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Deshawn Griggs led Natchez High (13-11) with 15 points and Dwong Hughes had 13 points. Kadon Day led Jefferson County with a game-high 29 points, but Percy Turner was held to 11 points.

Ferriday 60, Lake Providence 52

VIDALIA — Montrell Tennessee led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points as the Trojans jumped out to a big early lead and held on for an eight-point win over the Panthers at the Vidalia High gym in District 2-2A action Tuesday night.

Matthew Smith and Josh Upchurch scored 16 points each for Ferriday (18-7, 5-0), which took a 19-7 lead after one quarter of play. Lake Providence (1-4 in district play) tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Deris Foster led the Panthers with 12 points.

Huntington 66, Tallulah Academy 50

TALLULAH, La. — Tyler Pere scored 15 points and Jody Cottongin had 14 points as the Hounds pulled away in the second and third quarters to defeat the Trojans Tuesday night to move into second place in east part of MPSA District 6-A.

Four players wound up scoring in double figures for Huntington (11-11, 6-2). Josh Guillory had 13 points and Josh Lee chipped in with 10 points. The Hounds led by just five points at the end of the first quarter, but they outscored the Trojans 15-9 in the second quarter and 24-11 in the third quarter.

Jes Shivers led Tallulah Academy with 15 points and Ashley Halterman added 12 points.

Vidalia 54, Buckeye 52 (OT)

BUCKEYE, La. — The Vikings sent the game into overtime with a 16-13 advantage and then they outscored the Panthers 6-4 in the extra period to stay undefeated in District 3-3A.

Gary Stewart and Quartrell Thomas scored 13 points each and Brandon Hawkins had 10 points for Vidalia, which improved to 18-5 overall and 5-0 in district play. Jeremy Fuqua led Buckeye with a game-high 18 points.