Prep Roundup: VHS wins in OT, NHS rolls

Published 12:01 am Friday, December 5, 2014

VIDALIA — The Vidalia Vikings boys basketball team had to go the length of the floor with nine seconds to play in overtime, down 75-74 to Sicily Island.

The Vikings inbounded the ball to Desmond Bindon, who accelerated past Sicily Island defenders and pulled up three feet away from the basket, converting a short jumper with two seconds to play. Without any timeouts, the buzzer rang as Sicily Island tried to inbound the ball, giving Vidalia a 76-75 victory.

“Before the play, that’s what we wanted to do,” assistant coach Damus Smith said. “We wanted to get the ball to Malik (Jefferson), Julius (Wilson) or Desmond. Desmond did a great job.”

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Bindon finished with 17 points, while Wilson led the team with 25. Curtis McNulty added 16 for the Vikings, while Larry Plummer led Sicily Island with 21.

After going down 24-12, the Vikings outscored the Tigers in the second and third quarter before Sicily Island forced overtime with a layup before the buzzer.

Natchez 69, Jefferson County 45

Unselfish play allowed Natchez to eliminate any possibility of an upset by Jefferson County.

The Bulldogs’ willingness to share the ball, led to open shooting opportunities and a balanced offensive attack, led by Daryl Jones’ 17 points. Michael Morris scored 13, Ty’Ran Newman put up 12 and Dominique Mazique added 10.

“This was probably the most assists we had in a game all season long,” assistant coach David Haywood said.

A 22-10 Natchez third quarter would all but seal the deal in the Bulldogs’ 69-45 victory.

ACCS 62, Central Private 24

Like Natchez, Adams County Christian School jumped all over its opponent Thursday night, en route to a 62-24 victory.

A 23-9 first quarter followed by a 15-3 second quarter gave ACCS a 38-12 halftime advantage that allowed head coach Richy Spears to sub in multiple players.

“We rotated well defensively, and were able to get running and get some points that way,” Spears said. “That’s what we needed to do. As long as we can do that, we’ll be fine.”

Brodie Cole led the team with 13 points, while Jay Fleming added 10.

Natchez 63, Jefferson County 33 (girls)

Natchez head coach Alphaka Moore wasn’t in the best of moods Thursday night. With a 27-15 lead against Jefferson County at halftime in a game the Lady Bulldogs would eventually win 63-33, Moore wasn’t pleased with the lack of communicating, absence of rebounding and abundance of turnovers in the first half.

“We have a no excuse policy here,” Moore said. “Basketball is the same every day. It was a rivalry game, so we wanted to come out strong, and though it wasn’t horrible, it was one of those games that was uglier than the final score.”

While the Lady Bulldogs were struggling to execute, NHS’ saving grace was its depth, having the luxury of getting the ball to Zyaire Ewing in the post, who led the team with 20 points.

“It makes the game a lot easier when you’re able to know who you can got to in situations like that,” Moore said. “We feel we have numerous players we can do that with.”

Kirdis Clark had 17, while Rashonae Rice added nine in the win. Natchez went on to outscore Jefferson County 36-18 in the second half.

Ferriday 61, Tensas Parish 39

Jada Griggs led the Lady Trojans with 26 points in a 61-39 victory against Tensas Parish Thursday night.

Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said it was the team’s defense that created many scoring opportunities for the offense.

“Our press was what forced them into making turnovers,” Abron said. “I’m very impressed with the way we played.”

ACCS 67, Central 18

The Lady Rebels raced out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter of a 67-18 blowout.

“We came out in full court press and got up pretty fast,” assistant coach Brandi Hall said. “We had 10 points in the first minute of the game.”

Anna McDaniel led the team in points with 12, while Mackenzie Boyd and Skylar Adams added 11.