Trojans fall in hardwood nail biter

MOORHEAD – The Trojans (5-7, 0-1) opened division play at home Thursday night against the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College.

A valiant second half rally by the Trojans would make the game exciting for those in attendance, but it would not be enough for the win. Holmes defeated the Trojans 71-68 in the final seconds of the game.

The game was a back and forth physical one from start to finish. Holmes would lead the game until half way through the second half when MDCC started pushing back.

In the last five minutes of the game, the teams would tie the score four times. Sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery would draw a foul and sink two freebies to put MDCC up 66-64 with 1:32 left in the contest.

But with 1:00 minute left, the Bulldogs answered the call by scoring two to tie it 66-66.

Mikkel Norment would go to the hoop, make the shot, draw the foul and head to the free throw line with under one minute to play. Normen’s basket on the foul and made free throw would inch the lead to 69-66.

MDCC would take the ball down the court and get the layup to fall to make it 69-68. Holmes would do the same on their end of the court to take the last lead of the night at 71-68 with under 15 seconds left in the contest.

The Trojans travel to Fulton Tuesday, Jan. 17 to face the Indians of Itawamba Community College. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

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Trojans edge out Wolves on the hardwood

Head Coach Derrick Fears and his MDCC Trojans (5-3) squeaked out a close 88-82 win over the Wolves of Co-Lin Monday night after a hard-fought game.
The Trojans relied on free throw shooting and getting balls to fall from three point range to outscore the Wolves. MDCC held a 12-point lead (42-30) at the break, but Co-Lin would not go away in the second half.

Freshman forward Darrian Wilson for the Wolves would sink several three pointers to spark a short-lived comeback for his team. MDCC drew several late fouls and took advantage of free throws to add to their lead and hold on for the win.

Sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery and freshman guard Xa’Vavier Jones led the team in scoring with 22 a piece. Escoffery went 6-for-14 from the floor and went 7-for-9 from the stripe. Jones went 6-for-13 from the floor and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line and tallied six assists.

As a team, the Trojans shot 48 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line. MDCC took advantage under the rim by scoring 16 points on put backs and scoring 30 from beyond the arc.

The Trojans travel to Summit Thursday to compete against Southwest Mississippi Community College. Monday was the final home game of the semester from MDCC.

MDCC Sweeps Hinds

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans are both 2-0 for the season after the MDCC women trounced the Lady Bulldogs 76-41 while the Delta men pulled off a 71-61 victory.

The Lady Trojans had an easy night of it against their counterparts from Utica pulling out to a 12 point lead at the 17 minute mark and never looking back. MDCC led by as many as 20 points late in the first half and went to the dressing room with a 35-18 halftime lead.

The Delta women pushed their lead past the 20 point mark with 18 minutes remaining and the 30 point mark with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half. The maximum lead for the Lady Trojans was a 39 point advantage with three minutes left in the game.

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw led the game in scoring with 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Benton and freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston both added 11 point apiece. Not a single Bulldog scored in double figures for the night.

The Trojans had a harder time of it in their game. The Bulldogs took the lead in the early going of the first half and led by as many as five points before back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis and a bucket by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo County gave the Trojans a one point lead, 15-14, at the 13:25 mark. MDCC never trailed after that and lead 35-26 at the break.

The Trojans opened up a 15 point lead early in the second half and increased it to as much as 19 points, at the three minute mark, before the Bulldogs made a run that brought the score to 71-61 at the buzzer.

Boddie had an outstanding night scoring a game-high 23 points. He was followed by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin of Memphis with 13 points.

Both teams will take a day off before heading to Decatur Saturday for afternoon games against East Central Community College. Games are at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

11 Nov 2013
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