- Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:07
Former Mississippi Delta Community College basketball player Anthony McDonald fell just five three-pointers short of breaking the all-time season record for treys at North Carolina Central University in their 75-71 loss to the University of Miami last Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament.
McDonald ended the season with the NCCU Eagles with 105 three-pointers. The record is 109 treys in a season. The senior guard hit 105 of 277 shots from beyond the arc for a .379 percent completion rate. He hit 134 of 330 attempts for 426 points from the field for a .406 percent shooting rate.
The Eagles finished the season 25-8 after their first ever trip to the NIT. The 2014 MEAC Champs ended the season 17-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after falling 63-57 in the Conference Championship.
The Aberdeen native played under Coach Derrick Fears at Mississippi Delta Community College during the 2013 season where he averaged 22.3 points per game for the Trojans. His best game was a 36 point effort against Northeast Community College. He played one year at Itawamba Community College before coming to MDCC and then played his junior year at Mississippi Valley State (11.9 points per game) before finishing at NCCU.
- Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:12
Two Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players, Niya Head and Darrius Dukes, have received honors following the 2014-2015 basketball season.
The Lady Trojans’ Niya Head of Tchula was one of five players recently named to the 2015 MACJC All-State Basketball North Division First Team and one of ten players named to the NJCAA Region XXIII First team. The 5’10” sophomore forward scored 356 points in 23 games (15.5 points per game) with 23 assists and 15 steals for the season. Head scored 20 points or more in seven games this season. Her best game was a 27 point effort against Hinds Community College.
MDCC Trojans’ Darrius Dukes of Ashland was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball North Division Second Team. The 6’0” sophomore guard scored 280 points in 19 games (14.7 points per game) and 22 assists this season. Dukes scored 20 points or more in six games this season. His best effort was 34 points against East Mississippi.
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association
North Division Members:
Mississippi Delta Community College
Holmes Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Itawamba Community College
Coahoma Community College
East Mississippi Community College
South Division Members:
Hinds Community College
East Central Community College
Meridian Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College
- Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:39
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans made an early exit from the State Basketball Championship Tournament losing 70-61 to the No.1 South seed Pearl River Community College Wildcats Tuesday night at Wesson.
The Trojans led during the early going of the first half but the Wildcats tied the game at 22-all at the 10:15 mark and led the remainder of the way. The score was 39-34 Pearl River at the break.
The Cats pushed out to an 11 point lead at several points during the second half but the Trojans kept fighting and closed the gap to just five points four different times before Pearl River ended the game with another push out to 11.
Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin made the final bucket of the game and was the game’s high scorer with 18 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Darius Dukes with 13 points (4-7 treys) and freshman center Travon Harper with 10 points. Tyrone McNeese and Ondarious Hamlin added eight points apiece.
The Trojans end their MACJC season with a 10-13 overall record and a 6-6 North Division mark. Teams for the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament (Mississippi and Louisiana) have not been set so it is not known if the Trojans will seeded in that tournament this year.
- Monday, 23 February 2015 08:53
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.
- Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:46
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a North Division matchup with Itawamba Community College Tuesday afternoon in Moorhead with the Trojans edging the Indians 75-74 and the Lady Indians defeating the MDCC women 70-60.
The Trojans jumped ahead early in their contest and were leading by 10 points, 22-12, with 7:35 remaining in the first half when the Indians went on a 14-4 tear and tied the game at 26-all with 48 second left. Delta’s Darius Dukes sent the Trojans into the locker room with a one point lead after draining three free throws to end the half 29-28.
The second half opened with seven lead changes in the first six minutes before the Trojans went on an 18-6 run during the next seven minutes to go up by 12 points, 57-45, with 8:01 remaining in the game.
Mississippi Delta still maintained a seven point lead, 73-66, with 1:02 left and seemed on their way to an easy victory. But, after a couple of turnovers and two free throws the Indians were only down one point with 22 seconds remaining. Then, a stolen inbounds pass and a bucket gave Itawamba a 74-73 lead with 19 ticks remaining.
Sophomore Zamarlus Griffin made the final two points of the game, two free throws, with 13 seconds remaining and the Indians failed to score with their last shot.
Darius Dukes (3-4 treys) and Zamarlus Griffin led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points each while Tyrone McNeese and DeCarlos Holmes added 12 points each and Travon Harper posted 11 points.
The win put the Trojans overall record at 9-12 and, more importantly, improves their North Division record to 5-6 and pretty much assures them a fourth place finish in the division and a berth in the state tournament even though they have a game remaining against Coahoma Thursday.
The Lady Trojans played the division leading Lady Indians (11-1, 20-3) one of the closest games of the year. After falling behind by nine points in the first three minutes, the Delta women fought back and tied the game at 34-all at the halftime buzzer.
MDCC stayed within striking distance for most of the second half and it wasn’t until the 3:50 mark that the Lady Indians finally took a double digit lead, 61-51.
Sophomore Niya Head led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 22 points (one point behind game leader Jayla Chills of Itawamba) and scored a double-double with an outstanding 24 rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Racquel Harper with 14 points.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the North Division.
Mississippi Delta will play its final regular season games of the year Thursday night on the road as they travel to Clarksdale to take on the Coahoma Community College Tigers and Lady Tigers at 6 and 8 p.m.
- Monday, 16 February 2015 02:16
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans were both defeated in division play Thursday night at home against Holmes Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 67-61 and the Trojans falling 68-66.
The Lady Trojans led the entire first half, with as much as a 10 point advantage at the 8:01 mark, before the Lady Bulldogs hit a three-pointer with their final shot to take a 33-32 lead into the dressing room at the break.
The Delta women regained the lead with their first shot of the second half and again maintained that lead until the two minute mark when Holmes went ahead 60-59. They pushed that lead to four points with a bucket and a foul and the Lady Trojans were forced to foul. The Lady Bulldogs 4-6 from the free throw line to take the win.
Niya Head led the game in scoring with 22 points and a whopping 19 rebounds and was the only Lady Trojan in double figures. The loss drops the MDCC women to 6-14 overall and 3-7 in North Division play.
The Trojans led the division-leading Bulldogs for all but a few seconds of the first half. The Bulldogs took a two point lead on a three-pointer which was answered by Delta’s Darius Dukes with a trey of his own. MDCC ended the half up 34-28.
Mississippi Delta led the second half until the 7:25 mark when Holmes went ahead 57-55. The game see-sawed back and forth and was tied at 66-all with 1:40 remaining. Both teams came up empty on several trips down the court before the Bulldogs hit a bucket with three seconds left. The Trojans last second shot attempt was blocked.
Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 15 points. He was followed by Darius Dukes with 11 points and Zarmarlus Griffin with 10 points. Holmes Daryl Macon led the game with 31 points including 5-10 from beyond the arc.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-12 overall and leaves them at 4-6 in North Division play. Both teams will be at home again Monday night as they play host to Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:03
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans both dropped North Division games to Northwest Community College at Senatobia Monday night with the women falling 98-85 and the men losing 89-77.
The Lady Trojans fell behind in the early going and were down by five after just four minutes of play. But, a 17-4 run by the Delta women during the next six minutes put them up by eight points, 21-13. The Lady Rangers roared back with a trio of treys to take a one point lead and that’s just how the half ended, with Northwest up by one point, 38-37.
The Lady Rangers came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and opened up with a 13-0 run. They then pushed their lead to 20 points halfway through the second half. The Lady Trojans, with the help of three-pointers by McKinnon Skeen, Aqueshia Kimble, and Taraneisha Young cut that lead to just nine points, 87-78, at the 3:14 mark but were unable to close the gap any further.
Kimble led the Delta women with 23 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds while Niya Head notched another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tarameisha Young added 11 points while McKinnon Skeen went 3-4 from beyond the arc.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-13 overall and leaves them at 3-6 in North Division play.
The Trojans got off to slow start and were never able to get on track as the Rangers made the first bucket of the night and then proceeded to march out to an 18 point lead, 34-16, at the 9:22 mark of the first half. The Deltans managed to cut that lead to three points with 30 seconds left but ended the half down by six, 48-42.
The Rangers, like the Lady Rangers earlier in the night, opened the second half with a 21-5 run and that proved to be too big a lead for the Trojans to overcome as they were never able to get closer than 10 points.
Darius Dukes and Travon Harper led the Trojans with 20 points apiece and were then only MDCC players in double figures.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-11 overall and leaves them at 4-5 in the North Division race. They are still in fourth place and are still vying for a spot in the state tournament. Delta plays division leader Holmes (8-1) Thursday night in Moorhead and then host Itawamba next Monday before traveling to Coahoma next Thursday.
The Itawamba Indians are currently 3-7 in North Division play while the Coahoma Tigers are 0-9 in division.
- Monday, 09 February 2015 09:26
Men lose in triple overtime
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans sailed to an easy 72-47 win over the Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College Thursday night at home while the men’s game went into triple overtime before the Lions prevailed 118-114.
The Lady Trojans were looking to avenge a 46-37 loss to the Lady Lions two weeks ago at Scooba and they did so in fine fashion. Delta made the first field goal of the game and never looked back, stretching their first half lead to as many as 13 points, 23-10, with 4:50 left in the half. They went to the locker room leading 30-19.
Mississippi Delta opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 20 point lead and pushed that lead to as many as 27 points, 70-43, with under a minute remaining.
Sophomore forward Niya Head had an outstanding game scoring a game-high 21 points and notching another double-double with 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mary Washington also hauled down 14 rebounds and scored six points while freshman guard Jasmine Jackson was the second high scorer for Delta with eight points.
The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 7-12 and their North Division slate to 3-5. They have four division games remaining.
It was raining treys in the first half of the men’s match and the vast majority were coming from the Lions who plunked in 10 three-pointers in the first half, to the Trojans three, and led by 15 points, 50-35, at the break after leading by 20 with 1:10 left in the half.
But the Lions cooled off in the second half while the Trojans cranked up their three-point machine hitting seven treys to East Mississippi’s two. It took a while, but Delta steadily chipped away at the Lions’ lead and finally to their first lead of the game, 67-66, on the strength of a three by sophomore guard Jaylon Ford.
East Mississippi pulled out to a six point lead with 5:35 left in the game, but treys by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin, freshman center Travon Harper and sophomore guard Darius Dukes gave the Trojans a 76-75 lead with 3:35 remaining.
The Trojans pushed that lead out to four points with 50 seconds left, but were outscored 7-3 down the stretch to leave the game knotted at 88-all.
Delta’s Darius Dukes opened the first OT with a trey, one of seven for the night, but the Trojans could only manage six points during the five minute period. East Mississippi canned two treys to tie the game at 94-all.
The Trojans scored eight points in the second OT and lead by six points with 1:03 left in the period. But the Lions outscored the Trojans 8-2 in the final minute with sophomore Tyrone McNeese having to make one of two free throws to tie the game at 102.
In the third overtime the Trojans scored 12 points and led by two points with 36 seconds after sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin went one-for-one at the charity stripe. The Lions tied the game and then went up by a bucket and a missed three-pointer by MDCC with 12 seconds forced the Trojans to foul. The Lions made both free throws and the game ended 118-114 in favor of EMCC.
Darius Dukes had an outstanding game-high 34 points which included going 11/20 from the field, 7/13 from beyond the arc, and 5/8 from the charity stripe. Zarmarlus Griffin scored 22 points, Travon Harper had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrone McNeese had 15 points and DeCarlos Holmes added 10.
The loss drops Delta to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in division play and leaves them solidly in fourth place in the North Division. The Trojans have four division games remaining, one with division leader Holmes, plus games with Northwest, Itawamba and Coahoma – all of whom trail the Trojans in the standings.
Mississippi Delta will be on the road Monday night as they travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Community College at 5 and 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, 03 February 2015 08:34
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans went down to defeat at Booneville Monday night as the Northeast Community College Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Trojans 60-45 while the Tigers beat the Trojans 87-78 in North Division play.
MDCC sophomore guard Mary Washington scored the first two buckets of the game and gave the Lady Trojans a 4-0 lead. This would be Delta’s only lead of the game. The Lady Tigers answered with two treys and never looked back. Northeast pulled out to a 10 point lead with five minutes left in the first half.
The Deltans cut the lead to four points at the half, 27-23, but that was as close as they would come as the Lady Tigers opened up a double digit lead and pretty much kept it there for the majority of the second half.
Sophomore forward Niya Head led the game in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Mary Washington with 10 points and Aqueshia Kimble with eight points and nine rebounds.
The loss drops the MDCC women to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in North Division play.
The Trojans also lead just once in their game, at the 15:40 mark of the first half, when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin hit a three-pointer to put Delta up by one. The Tigers answered with a three of their own (one of eight on the night) and steadily pulled away for the Trojans to lead by 16 points, 48-32, at the break.
Mississippi Delta cut the lead to eight points twice in the second half but could come no closer as they were forced to foul down the stretch. The Tigers responded by going 7-12 at the charity stripe while the Trojans were only able to score eight points during the same time frame.
Freshman center Travon Harper led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 17 points going 6-9 from the field with five of those being either tip-ins or put backs. Sophomore guards Darius Dukes and Zarmarlus Griffin scored 14 points each, while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored 13 points and sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese added 12 points.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-10 overall and 4-3 and fourth place in the North Division while Northeast moves into third place with a 5-3 North slate. Holmes is in first place at 7-1 while East Mississippi holds down second place with a 6-1 record.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be at home Thursday night to take on their East Mississippi Community College rivals with games beginning at 6 and 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, 27 January 2015 03:53
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans ran the table on cross-Delta rivals Coahoma Monday night in Moorhead with the Lady Trojans trouncing the Lady Tigers 84-63 and the Trojans routing the Tigers 93-67.
The Lady Trojans got off to a slow start and trailed by two points in the early minutes of the game, but then gained their footing and slowly pushed out to a 10 point, 42-32, halftime lead with sophomore forward Niya Head scoring 12 of her team-high 16 points during the period.
The Delta women continued to rack up points in the second half and pushed their lead to 26 points, 78-52, with four minutes remaining in the game.
Head earned another double-double with 10 rebounds and Racquel Harper added 14 points while Mary Washington had 13 points going 4/8 from the field and 5/5 from the charity stripe. Aqueshia Kimble tacked on 11 points and Eugenia Gilliam also scored in double figures with 10 points.
The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 5-11 and improves their North Division mark to 2-4. The Lady Tigers dropped to 0-6 in division play.
The Trojans came out firing on all cylinders in the men’s game and after 10 minutes of play had a 24-4 lead with freshman center Travon Harper putting up eight of his game-high 26 points during that run. Harper ended the night going 10/14 from the field and 6/9 at the free throw line while scoring a double-double with 15 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action.
Mississippi Delta led 44-20 at the break and although the Tigers managed to cut the lead to 12 at one point, the Trojans soon pushed back out to a 20 point lead and ended the game with their biggest margin of the year.
Zarmalus Griffin ended the night with 15 points and four assists while Tyrone McNeese scored 12 points with four assists and Ondarious Hamlin added 10 points and four assists. The win brings the Trojans’ overall record to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in North Division play. This leaves them in third place behinds Holmes and East Mississippi who are both 5-1.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be on the road Thursday as they travel to Memphis to take on Southwest Tennessee Community College. Monday they will be on the road again as they travel to Booneville to begin the second round of North Division play at Northeast Mississippi Community College.