23 Feb 2015

Trojans Advance To State Tournament With Win Over Coahoma

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans earned a berth in the MACJC State Tournament after defeating the Coahoma Community College Tigers 74-63 Thursday night in Clarksdale.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 11 point lead in the first five minutes of the game but the Tigers charged back and tied the game at 15-all with 11:30 left in the first half. The game stayed close for the remainder of the half with the Tigers taking a 29-28 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

Coahoma opened up a four point lead in the first two minutes of the second half but it was all Trojans after that as Delta gained the advantage and never trailed again pushing out to a 10 point lead, 57-47, at the 8:30 mark. MDCC’s largest lead was 13 points with under 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Sophomore Darius Dukes lead the game in scoring with 23 points going 5-7 from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Ondarius Hamlin was the game’s second highest scorer with 18 points. He scored a double-double with 11 rebounds while freshman Travon Harper added 11 points.

The win puts the Trojans overall record at 10-12 overall and 6-6 in the North Division. That’s good enough for fourth place and a spot in the state playoffs which begin Monday at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. The men’s part of the tournament gets underway on Tuesday. The time for MDCC’s game has not been set but they will face the No.1 seed from the South Division. This will be either Pearl River Community College or Jones Junior College.

The Lady Trojans ended their season with a 6-16 overall record and a 3-9 division mark after a disappointing 64-60 loss the Coahoma Lady Tigers.

For some reason the Lady Trojans just couldn’t seem to hit the hole as they quickly fell behind by 10 points, 23-13, at the 10 minute mark. They were down by 21 points, 46-25, at the break.

But, the MDCC women didn’t give up. They were down by 20 points at the 12:20 mark in the second half when they made a 19-2 run to cut the deficit to 58-55 with just over five minutes left in the game.

The Lady Trojans held the Lady Tigers scoreless for three trips down the court but were unable to capitalize and ended up being outscored 64-60 in the end.

Sophomore Niya Head led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 17 points and notched a double-double with 11 rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Racquel Harper with 13 points and Mary Washington with 11 points.

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