Yellowjackets pull away in 4th quarter to beat Indians

Yellowjackets pull away in 4th quarter to beat Indians

Biloxi head coach Seber Windham directs the Indians defense on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in the MHSAA state basketball tournament quarterfinals at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss.(Photo: CHRIS TODD/For The Clarion Ledger)

Starkville showed poise when it mattered most Saturday night,knocking down 12 of 16free throws and going on a 16 5 run in the final minutesto pull away anddefeat Biloxi 55 44in the Class 6A quarterfinals at Mississippi Coliseum. Wednesday.

“If you are going to win close games, it’s going to come from the guards,” said Starkville coach Greg Carter. “They have to step up and make pressure free throws.”cheap nfl jerseys

Senior Keith Harrisled the Yellowjackets (22 3) in scoring with 21 points, knocking down 7 of 10 free throws. The 5 foot 11 guard also collected nine rebounds.

“He had a great game. He did what he has been doing all year,” said Carter. “He defended really welland he rebounded. He did a little bit of everything, and that’s what he normally does.”

Biloxi kept the contest close for the majority of the second half and tied the game at 39 39 with 4:25 remainingon an old fashioned three point play from Jaylon Chiles.

But while the Yellowjackets converted their free throws down the stretch, the Indians (22 11) couldn’t keep pace, managing only one field goal over the final four minutes. Senior Marques McGee, who had a team high 11 points, fouled out on a controversial call with 3:18 remaining and things continued to go downhill from there for Biloxi.

Starkville held a 38 27 edge on the glass, and while neither team shot well, Biloxi was 1 of 19 behind the arc.

Tyson Carter added 17 points for Starkville and Darrius Agnew finished with 10. Martell Turner and Fred Ramsey Thompson had nine points apiece for Biloxi.

As Starkville sets its eyes onTupelo, a 73 64 winner over Meridian,Carter saidimprovement their defensive play will be the key if they want to win another championship.

“We (have) to defend a little better. We had some lapses (Saturday),” said Carter. Offensively, we (have) to take care of the ball and take good shots and we will be OK.”

 

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