MDCC hoops split in pre-holiday tournament

  • Saturday, 21 November 2015 06:57

Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams participated in a tournament at Northwest Mississippi CC in Senatobia, Miss. Thursday afternoon and brought home a loss and a win respectfully.

The Lady Trojans (1-5) started off strong against the Lady Cougars of Lawson State CC with sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen sinking a three.

MDCC would carry the lead throughout the entire first period of play. A strong drive to the basket by sophomore guard Racquel Harper would put the lead to 11, which was the longest in the opening period.

Up 22-11, MDCC would start strong in the second period, but would have to defend against Lawson State’s fast breaks and post players doing work underneath.

Coach Bernadette McDonald’s squad went to the locker room at the half with a 38-26 lead. Harper led the team during the first half with 12 points making 3 of 4 from the field and being perfect from beyond the arc and from the stripe.

The Lady Cougars would speed things up in the second half and come back to take the lead 50-48 with 7:35 left to play in the final period. Behind by one and facing the final minute of play, the Lady Trojans took advantage of a trip to the free throw line to tie it up at 59, but wouldn’t be able to hang on.

Lawson State would over power MDCC and go on to win 63-59. O’Nesha Hunt and Harper led the team in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectfully. Hunt was 7 of 10 from the field with two rebounds.

The men’s team played Faith Prep from Marion, Ark. directly after the women’s game Thursday afternoon.

The Trojans (5-1) got on the board first, but Faith Prep answered by driving down the court and got the layup to fall to tie it 2-2 at the start of the game.

With 11:02 left in the first half of play, MDCC would go up 21-9 and never look back. It would go to the break leading 41-32.

In the second half, the Trojans would extend the lead to 74-48, which was the longest of the night. MDCC would defeat Faith Prep by a final score of 84-61.

Game leaders for MDCC were sophomore forwards Dantaveous Crawford and Travon Harper with each scoring 17 points.

Crawford was 5 of 8 from the field and perfect from the stripe and beyond the arc. Harper was 7 of 11 from the field and made 2 of 5 free throws. Freshman center Michael Sission led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams will travel to Wesson to take on Copiah-Lincoln CC on Monday, Nov. 30 then return home to host Baton Rouge CC on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.

Men lose first game of the season

  • Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:45

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Mississippi Delta’s Lady Trojan basketball team dropped a close decision to Hinds Community College Monday night at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium in Utica, Miss.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper put MDCC on the board first, but Hinds immediately answered with two on the other end to quickly tie it up 2-2.

The squads participated in a fast-paced back and forth first quarter with the Lady Trojans keeping the lead for the first 3 minutes of play.

With two minutes left in the opening quarter, Lady Trojans led 11-7 but the Lady Bulldogs would go on a 4-point run and tie it at 11 headed into the second quarter.

Areleatha Gipson started the second quarter off with a basket underneath to go up 13-11 and give the Lady Bulldogs their first lead of the night.

Hinds would then capitalize on MDCC fouls and turnovers and extend the lead to 21-11 with just under eight minutes to play until the half.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored MDCC 10-9 in the last five minutes of the half and carried a 35-21 lead to the locker room.

For the Lady Trojans, freshman forward Lynesha McCurry led the team at the break with seven points making 3 of 5 from the field and 1 of 4 from the stripe. McCurry also had four rebounds.

Gipson led Hinds with seven points making 3 of 7 from the field and 50 percent of free throws.

Starting the second half, O’Nesha Hunt put the Lady Trojans on the board first in the third quarter with a made block shot shortening Hinds lead to 12 points. .

Back to back threes by sophomore forwards McKinnon Skeen and Kenya Arnold brought the Lady Trojans within one trailing 41-40 with just under three minutes left until the final quarter of play.

The fourth quarter was filled with several trips to the free throw lines for both squads. With six minutes left in the game, Hinds barely hung onto a 1-point lead.

After five combined trips to the stripe for both teams in the fourth quarter, MDCC’s Hunt made two freebies to tie the game at 65 with 16 seconds left in the contest.

But Hinds’ Hiliary Kemp would get the layup to fall to put Lady Bulldogs up 67-65 with four seconds left in the game and the Lady Trojans couldn’t recover. Hinds improved to 4-1 and MDCC falls to 1-4 on the season.

Hunt was the lead scorer with 15 points making 4 of 8 shots from the field, all of which were three pointers, and was 2 of 3 from the stripe. McKinnon Skeen and McCurry each scored 14 points. McCurry led the team with seven rebounds.

In the nightcap, the men’s squad couldn’t seem to catch a break and lost its first game of season to Hinds with a final score of 68-62.

Trojans (4-1) won the tip but sent the Bulldogs to the free throw line two minutes into the game. After the two missed freebies, Dantaveous Crawford would drain a three on the other end to put MDCC on the board, but Hinds was there to answer with a basket good for two to cut the lead to 3-2.

After another trip the the free throw line by the Bulldogs and Travon Harper doing work underneath, MDCC would go up 5-3 with 14 left in the half.

Hinds would outscore the Trojans 23-16 in the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 37-23 lead into the break.

For the Trojans, Crawford tallied the most points at the break with nine making 100 percent of his shots from the field and the stripe.

Hinds’ David Robinson would make the first basket of the second half and extend the lead to 16 points.

Head Coach Derek Fears’ squad would battle back and cut the lead down, but the Bulldogs were too much to handle and handed the Trojans their first loss of the season.

On the night, Travon Harper would rack up the most points for MDCC with 18 making 6 of 11 from the field and making 6 of 11 free throws and totaling eight rebounds. His teammate Crawford scored 17 points making 6 of 7 from the field and shooting 100 percent from the stripe. Mark Johnson had a team leading nine rebounds.

Both teams will travel to Senatobia on Nov. 19 to take on Faith Prep from Marion, Arkansas.

Get your brooms Trojan fans because your men’s and women’s basketball teams have pulled off their first sweep of the season.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald and her Lady Trojans basketball team marked its first tally in the win column Thursday night by beating Pearl River CC 63-55 at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss.

MDCC won the opening tip and went on a 6-point scoring run before the Lady Wildcats were able to get a basket to fall.

The Lady Trojans would lead the entire first half and went to the break up 23-16. However, PRCC brought the heat in the second half and gained the lead for the first time with 2:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Wildcats would hold onto a 39-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

The second half of the game was filled with turnovers and fast breaks, but would play in the Lady Trojans favor at the end of the night.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper was the lead scorer for MDCC with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. Harper was 8 of 12 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold pulled down eight rebounds on the night. As a team, the Lady Trojans were 21 of 42 from the field and 18 of 25 from the stripe.

In the men’s contest, Head Coach Derek Fears and the Trojans (4-0) also got a victory. MDCC won the tip but couldn’t covert and quickly turned it over to the Wildcats.

But it didn’t take long for the Trojans to get on the board with a drive to the left side of the basket by sophomore point guard Anthony Mabon who dished it back out to sophomore forward Travon Harper who nailed the short jumper for two.

The entire first half of play consisted of back-and-forth scoring and several lead changes, but MDCC would head to the locker room ahead 41-30 over PRCC.

Fears’ squad led the entire second half and finished strong with a 79-69 win. Harper led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with 17 making 4 of 5 from the field and 9 of 10 free throws.

He had help with sophomore’s Dantaveous Crawford and Octavius Stimage scoring 14 and 12 points respectfully. Both Crawford and Stimage were perfect from the stripe making 6 of 6 free throws. Sophomore forward Mark Johnson led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams travel to Utica Monday, Nov. 16 to take on Hinds Community College with action starting at 6 p.m. The next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 3 with the Lady Trojans and Trojans playing host to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Former Trojan Comes Close To Record

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:07

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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.

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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

Trojans Fall To Pearl River In State Tourney

  • 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.

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.

MDCC Trojans Edge Itawamba CC

  • 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.

MDCC Drops Two Games to Holmes CC

  • 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.

MDCC Falls To Northwest CC

  • 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.

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