Mississippi Delta Drops Two To East Central

  • Monday, 17 November 2014 08:22

The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered a sweep Saturday afternoon at home against East Central Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 96-75 and the Trojans falling 80-77 in OT.

The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first half going into the dressing room down by only seven points, 49-42. But, they just couldn’t contain sophomore guard Tashi-ana Thompson of Lithonia, GA, who poured in 28 points or sophomore forward Shakerya Morrison of Wendell, NC, who added 16 points. These two together scored 44 points.

The Lady Trojans were led by sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble who scored 19 points and sophomore forward Niya Head who added 14. Freshman guards Rachel Harper and Eugenia Gilliam scored 11 points each in the effort.

The Lady Trojans also lost a close game Thursday night at Poplarville falling 60-57 to the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College. Niya Head was the game’s high scorer with 14 points. She was followed in double figures by Kenya Arnold with 11 points.

In Saturday’s men’s game the Trojans trailed most of the first half and were down by 11 points, 41-30 at the break. But, Delta fought back in the second half, with a 13 point effort by freshman center Travon Harper and 11 points from sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese, to take a one point lead, 58-57, on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin.

The game was nip and tuck from there on in with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage. The Trojans held a 72-70 lead with 23 seconds remaining before the Wildcats tied the game with a bucket to send the contest into OT.

Delta’s Tyrone McNeese opened the OT scoring with a trey that was immediately answered by Pearl River who then took a two point lead with 3:09 remaining. Griffin tied the game at 77-all with 2:40 left and both teams missed shots until the Wildcats drained a trey with three seconds left in the game. A desperation shot from mid-court by the Trojans sailed wide.

Tyrone McNeese led the Trojans in scoring with 20 points while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Zarmarlus Griffin and Travon Harper provided 11 points each.

In Thursday’s game at Poplarville the Trojans again came up short by three points, 60-57 after being down 33-27 at the break. Darius Dukes led Delta in scoring with 12 points and Travon Harper scored a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The losses drop the Lady Trojans overall record to 1-4 overall and the Trojans to 3-2 overall, all against South Division teams. Both teams will be back in action Monday night in Moorhead for games against Hinds Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Southwest

  • Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:44

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans ran their record to 3-0 with a 75-72 overtime win over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears at home Monday night in Moorhead while the Delta women fell to 1-2 overall with a 77-53 loss to the Lady Bears.

The Trojans fell behind by as much as four points in the early going of the first half but then made a run to take a four point lead of their own, 24-20, with 4:05 remaining. The Bears answered with a couple of three pointers to take a 30-24 lead into the locker room at the break.

Delta spent the first five minutes of the second half chipping away at that lead and with the aid of two three pointers by sophomore guard Darius Dukes and eight points, including a trey, by sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese pulled out to a seven point lead, 46-39, at the 12:50 mark. This was to be the biggest lead of the night by either team.

The Bears regained the lead at the nine minute mark and the Trojans tied the game five times in the final minutes but could not gain the upper hand. Southwest led by three points with 1:05 left in the game when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin tied the game at 68-all with a three pointer. Both teams missed easy layups in the final minute that could have won the game.

Southwest controlled the first two-plus minutes of OT and pushed out to a four point lead with 2:26 remaining. Then, Dukes hit two free throws and McNeese tied the game on a fast break layup. A missed shot by the Bears and another fast break layup by McNeese put the Trojans up 74-72 with 38 seconds left in OT.

A mishandled ball and a steal led to a Joshua Madison free throw that put MDCC up by three points with seven second remaining. The Bears got the final shot and missed a three pointer that would have tied the game.

The Trojans had five players in double figures led by Zarmarlus Griffin and Darius Dukes (4-5 treys) with 16 points each. They were followed by Tyrone McNeese with 15 points, Travon Harper with 12 points and Ondarious Hamlin with 1 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Trojans took their only lead, 6-5, on a bucket by McKinnon Skeen at the 15:02 mark in the first quarter. The Lady Bears then poured on the points and led by 19 at the 2:28 mark before closing out the first half with a 35-18 lead.

Things only got worse in the second half as the Southwest women pushed their lead to 30 points on six occasions before the game ended with a 24 point Lady Bears lead, 77-53.

Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam led the Lady Trojans with 15 points while sophomore forward Niya Head was the only other Lady Trojan in double figures with 12 points.

Both teams will be on the road Thursday night as they head to Poplarville to take on South Division foe Pearl River Community College at 5 & 7 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Sweeps Hinds

  • Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:53

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans opened the 2014-15 basketball season with a sweep of Hinds Community College on the road in Utica Monday night with the Lady Trojans winning 68-52 and the Trojans taking a 71-58 victory.

The MDCC women were led by sophomore Nyah Head of Tchula with 27 points and 12 rebounds and freshman guard McKinnon Skeen of Cleveland with 14 points. Sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston owned the boards with 18 rebounds while adding eight points and sophomore point guard Mary Washington of Charleston added nine points.

Sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese of Mabon led the Trojans with a game high 18 points (five rebounds). He was followed by sophomore guards Zarmarlus Griffin of Memphis and Darius Dukes of Ashland with 11 points each while freshman forward David Brooks of Jackson had a team high six rebounds.

The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be back on the road again Thursday night as they travel to Wesson to take on always-powerful Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.

MDCC Basketball Camp Set

  • Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:01

Mississippi Delta Community College will hold a Fundamentals Basketball Camp for youngsters entering the 5th through 12th grades from July 28 through July 31 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead campus.

The camp is for both boys and girls and will be conducted by MDCC Head Basketball Coaches Derrick Fears and Burnadette McDonald. It will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Campers will be instructed in such fundamentals as dribbling, passing, shooting, and the importance of team play.

The cost of the camp is $50 per participant and t-shirts and awards will be provided. Early registration can be done by calling Coach Derrick Fears at 901-238-5756. Registration will also be held the first morning of the camp.

Four MDCC Basketball Players Receive Honors

  • Thursday, 20 March 2014 03:09

Four Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players have received honors following the 2013-2014 basketball season.

Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia has been named to the 2014 MACJC All-State Basketball First Team. The sophomore forward averaged 12.5 points per game for the Lady Trojans this season. She will also be playing in the MACJC All-Star Basketball Game which will be held April 11 at East Central Community College’s Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building in Fulton. The game begins at 5 p.m. with the men playing at 7 p.m.

MDCC Trojans’ James Evans of Starkville was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball Second Team. The 6’7” sophomore center averaged 15.2 points per game this season.

Two other Mississippi Delta players, Krystal Nailer and Johnny Rucker, will also be playing in this year’s All-Star Game at East Central Community College. Nailer, a sophomore guard from Shaw, averaged 13.3 points per game this season and Rucker, a sophomore guard from Yazoo City, averaged 12.3 points per game.

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

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
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College

MDCC Falls At Fulton

  • Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:16

Mississippi Delta Community College dropped a pair of North Division contests Monday night at Itawamba Community College in Fulton with the Lady Trojans losing 72-57 and the men falling 73-61.

The Lady Trojans led through most of the first six minutes of their game before the Lady Indians got on track and pushed out to as much as a nine point lead, 28-19, at the 6:45 mark. The half ended with Itawamba up 32-28.

Mississippi Delta made a push in the early goings of the second half and were up by a point but then hit a five minute streak when the ball just wouldn’t go in the basket. Itawamba didn’t seem to have that trouble and went on a 13-2 run during that time.

The Lady Indians bolted out to a 16 point lead, 63-47, and the Lady Trojans were just unable to make any kind of run from there on in. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer had an outstanding night scoring a game high 20 points. Sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer was the only other player in double figures with 12 points and a team high eight rebounds.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 7-4 in North Division play and 12-9 overall. The women are currently in third place in the division race and with one game remaining appear to be headed to the state playoffs next week.

The Trojans started their game in the hole and after a disastrous five minute, 15-2 run by Itawamba, found themselves trailing by 15 points halfway through the first half. Things didn’t improve in the remainder of the half which ended with Itawamba leading 41-27.

Delta didn’t give up though, and after 14 minutes they tied the game at 54-all on two free throws by freshman Deandre Lacy. But, during the next three minutes the Trojans scored two points while sending the Indians to the charity stripe seven times where they 13 of 14 shots for an 11 point lead with 3:34 remaining in the game. Delta lost by 13 points, 74-61.

Freshman forward Kel’Drek Young was the only Trojan in double figures with 10 points. Three Trojans, Marquarius Boddie, Anthony Mabon and Lacy scored nine points each. The loss drops MDCC to 2-9 in the North Division and 8-14 overall.

Both teams will be at home Thursday night for the final game of the regular schedule. This will be Sophomore Night at MDCC and the Trojans and Lady Trojans will be welcoming Northeast Community College to the J.T. Hall coliseum. Games are at 6 and 8 p.m.

MDCC Drops Two To Northwest

  • Monday, 17 February 2014 08:07

Mississippi Delta Community College traveled to Senatobia Thursday night and came away with twin losses after the Lady Trojans were edged 66-65 and the Trojans fell 90-86 to Northwest Community College.

The Lady Trojans just couldn't seem to find the range in the first half and played from behind most of the way before sophomore guard Krystal Nailer tied the game with a bucket at the 2:20 mark and then gave MDCC a two point lead with 1:20 left in the half. Delta led 27-26 at the break.

The Lady Trojans pushed out to a five point lead to open the second half but Northwest soon turned that lead into a five point deficit and continued to lead most of the half. Delta fought back into the lead with 4:40 remaining and led for the next three minutes, but the Lady Rangers took a one point lead with under a minute to go and a layup by the Lady Trojans at the buzzer rolled off the rim.

Nailer led MDCC in scoring with 18 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ashanti Spencer and Niya Head with 10 points each. Lady Ranger forward Carshava Sutton led the game with 27points and 15 rebounds.

The loss drops the Delta women to 7-3 in the North Division and 12-8 overall but they still maintain their hold on third place in the division race.

The Trojans jumped out to an early six point lead in the first five minutes of their game but then fell behind by eight points with five minutes remaining before ending the half down by three, 37-34.

The Rangers increased that lead to as many as 14 points in the second half before the Trojans started a comeback at the nine minute mark when sophomore guard Johnny Rucker hit three buckets in a row.

The Trojans continued to peck away at the lead and had narrowed the margin to just one point, with 4:55 remaining, when freshman guard Darius Duke canned a three and then hit two free throws to make the score 76-75.

That was as close as MS Delta would get as the Rangers pushed back out to a seven point lead with under two minutes left in the game. The Trojan cut that lead to two points on three occasions, the final time with 16 seconds remaining, but they were never able to regain the lead.

Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker had an outstanding game with a team high 26 points and 13 rebounds. He was followed in double figures by Anthony Mabon with 12 points and Kel'Drek Young with 10 points. Forward De'Sean Dockery led the Rangers and the game with 28 points.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-8 in the North Division and 8-13 overall. Both teams will be on the road again Monday as they travel to Fulton for a North Division tilt with Itawamba Community College at 6 & 8 p.m.

Trojans Split With Tigers

  • Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:03

Mississippi Delta Community College split a pair of games with Coahoma Community College Monday night in Moorhead when the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Tigers 77-63 while the Trojans dropped their game 72-69 to the Tigers.

The first few minutes of the women's matchup was a se-saw affair with Mississippi Delta leading most of the way. The Lady Tigers tied the game at 11-all at the 9:29 mark but that was the last time they would see the lead in the game. The first half ended with the Lady Trojans up 30-24.

Delta opened the second half with a spurt that saw their lead expand to 16 points in the first three minutes. MDCC pushed that lead to as many as 17 points, 62-45, on a three-pointer by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 5:40 remaining and never dropped it below double figures in the second stanza.

Kimble and sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led the Delta women in scoring with 16 points each and Nailer recorded a double/double with 10 rebounds while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer scored 14 points. In all, 11 of the team's 13 players scored points in the game.

The win raises the Lady Trojans to 7-2 in the North Division and brings them to 12-7 overall.

In game two, the Trojans seemed to have everything under control, especially in the first half which they lead the entire way ending with a 36-29 lead. At one point Delta led by 14 points, 22-8.

But, the Tigers kept chipping away and finally took a one point lead, 56-55, on one of their 10 three-pointers of the game at the 9:40 mark. The Trojans rebounded and pulled out to a four point lead, 69-65, with 1:50 remaining but were then outscored 7-0 to end the game down by three. A three point shot by Delta to tie the game at the buzzer fell short.

Sophomore center James Evans led MDCC in scoring with 15 points and earned a double/double with 10 rebounds. He was followed in double figures by sophomore Marquarius Boddie with 12 points, Kel'Drek Young with 11 points and Johnny Rucker with 10 points. CCC's Billy Jackson led the game with 24 points while Robert Jordan added 15.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-7 in North Division play and 8-12 overall. MDCC will be on the road Thursday night at Northwest Community College in Senatobia with games at 5 & 7 p.m.

Time Change for Today's Basketball Game

  • Monday, 10 February 2014 11:55

There has been a time change for today's basketball game in Moorhead against Coahoma Community College.  The women will start playing at 5pm (instead of 6pm) tonight, and the men will begin at 7pm (instead of 8pm).

MDCC Falls To East Mississippi

  • Monday, 10 February 2014 08:23

The Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams suffered twin defeats Thursday night against East Mississippi Community College at Scooba with the Lady Trojans falling 77-66 and the Trojans losing 86-45.

The EMCC Lady Lions went on an 11-0 run to open the game but the Delta women fought back to tie the game at 19-all. The Lady Trojans took a three point lead, 25-22, at the 6:10 mark but that was soon erased by one of seven three point baskets for the Lady Lions.

The East Mississippi women led by one point, 34-33, at the break and that’s as close as the Lady Trojans would come for the remainder of the game. Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led MDCC in scoring with 16 points. She was followed by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble with 14 points, sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer with 13 points and freshman forward Niya Head with 12 points.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-2 in the North Division and drops them out of the three-way tie for first place in the division race. They also fall to 11-7 overall.

The Trojans, who defeated the Lions 76-74 in their first encounter of the year, ran into a buzz saw at Scooba. The revenge-minded Lions scored big (seven treys in the first half) and often and had opened up a 31 point lead, 47-16, at the 2:10 mark in the first half. The half ended with EMCC up 47-21.

Tings only got worse in the second half as the Lions pushed out to as much as a 42 point lead at one point before ending the game up by 41 points. Only two Trojans, freshman forward Kel’Drek Young (11) and sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie (10) ended the game in double figures.

The loss drops the Trojans to 2-6 in North Division play and 8-11 overall. The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be at home Monday night as they welcome their counterparts from Coahoma Community College to the J.T. Hall Coliseum. Games begin at 6 and 8 p.m.

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