|East Mississippi completes regular-season hoops sweep of East Central with pair of road wins|
DECATUR – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams completed their regular-season series sweep of East Central by claiming a pair of road triumphs over the home-standing Warriors Tuesday evening at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the ECCC campus. The Lady Lions opened the night with a 67-61 win over the ECCC women, while the EMCC Lions capped the evening with an easy 86-61 victory in the men’s contest.
Back in November on the Scooba campus, the EMCC squads swept the visiting Warriors by scores of 77-72 in overtime in the women’s game and 86-54 in the men’s contest.
In Tuesday’s opener, head coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC women upped their 13-point (41-28) halftime cushion to 18 points before the Lady Warriors took a brief one-point lead. Led the backcourt play of sophomores Chadisty Hickman and Alvida Clemons, the Lady Lions showed poise and regrouped to reclaim the advantage and finish with the six-point victory. Hickman and Clemons led the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively, for the winners, who improved to 4-7 on the season.
Remaining winless in 11 attempts on the year, the Lady Warriors received a game-high 22 points plus 10 rebounds from Ja’Monica Orton. Kelcia Bufkin added 15 points for East Central.
In the nightcap, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions also lengthened a double-digit halftime advantage (44-33) en route to cruising to the 25-point road victory. The win marked the Lions’ ninth straight series triumph over East Central dating back to the 2008-09 campaign, including four wins over the Warriors last season.
Improving to 8-2 on the season, EMCC had five players score in double figures, led by sophomores Colin Borchert, D.J. Evans and Deon Bedford all with 16 points apiece. Borchert and Bedford each registered double-doubles with 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Fellow sophomores Curtis Hall and Tradarrius McPhearson added 11 points apiece for the winners.
Now also winless in 11 games this season, East Central was led by Cordarion Nichols’ 15 points.
As part of JUCO Weekly’s ‘Game of the Week’ basketball coverage, game highlights and post-game interviews from Tuesday’s hoops doubleheader in Decatur will be available online at www.jucoweekly.org.
The East Mississippi basketball teams continue road action Thursday night (Jan. 12) at Meridian Community College. A 6 p.m. women’s contest will be followed by an 8 p.m. men’s game at Graham Gymnasium on the MCC campus.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 January 2012 )|
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