Trojans Ranked Third In North Division

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans moved into third place in their division Thursday night after defeating the Itawamba Indians 84-72 in Fulton while the Lady Trojans dropped a 76-64 decision to the No.1 ranked and undefeated Lady Indians.

The Trojans got off to a slow start in the first half of their game and trailed the entire time ending the half down by three points, 30-27, after trailing by as many as nine points at the midway mark.

It only took three successive shots, field goals by Zarmarlus Griffin and Ondarious Hamlin and a trey by Darius Dukes, to give MDCC a four point lead to open the second half. The Trojans never trailed after that pushing out to as many as 16 points at the 8:36 mark.

The Indians managed to cut the lead to eight points with two minutes left in the game but that was as close as they would get. Darius Dukes led the Trojans and the game with 21 points hitting five of 10 field goals, including four of eight treys, and going seven for seven from the charity stripe.

He was followed by Zarmarlus Griffin with 19 points (seven assists) and Ondarious Hamlin who was six of six from the field for 14 points and nine rebounds. Travon Harper also scored in double figures with 12 points.

The win moves the Trojans into third place in the North Division race with a 3-2 record and gives them a 7-8 overall mark. The Trojans two division losses have been to No.1 ranked Holmes (5-0) and No.2 East Mississippi (4-1).

The Lady Trojans didn’t fare as well as they took on the No.1 ranked Itawamba Lady Indians who are 6-0 in the North Division and 15-2 overall.

Itawamba made the opening bucket and never trailed as they pushed out to a 15 point lead at the 6:33 mark of the first half. The Lady Trojans managed to cut that lead to nine points, 41-32, at the break.

The Lady Indians opened the second half with a run that increased their lead to 20 points, 58-38, at the 13:30 mark and again the Delta women fought back to make it a 10 point game, 63-53, with eight minutes remaining. But, that’s as close as Delta would come as Itawamba went on a 10-1 run to quickly push their margin back to 20.

Tarameisha Young led MDCC in scoring with 16 points and Niya Head added 13 points while Aqueshia Kimble scored a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Mary Washington added 10 points and nine rebounds.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 4-11 overall and 1-4 in division play.

Both teams will be at home Monday night for games with Coahoma Community College. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. with the men following at 8p.m.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Holmes

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans notched their first North Division win Tuesday night at Holmes Community College edging the Lady Bulldogs 80-78 while the Trojans dropped a close game, 75-73, to the Bulldogs.

The Delta women trailed by as many as six points during the early going, but fought their way back into the game and took their first lead of the game at the 12:45 mark on a three-pointer by Racquel Harper. Treys by Takyla Dukes and Tarameisha Young gave the Lady Trojans a 10 point lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. A 20-5 run by Holmes left gave the Lady Bulldogs a four point lead at the break.

The Lady Trojans held the score close in the first six minutes of the second half and then jumped out to a five point lead on the strength of back-to-back three-pointers by McKinnon Skeen and Niya Head. They maintained a single digit lead until Holmes drained a three pointer to take 76-75 lead with 56 seconds left.

Baskets by Aqueshia Kimble and Racquel Harper and two free throws by Harper with under five seconds left gave the delta women their first North Division win of the season. Aqueshia Kimble had a game-high 24 points while Niya Head scored another double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Tarameisha Young also had 10 points on the night.

The win brings the Lady Trojans overall record to 4-10 and leaves them at 1-3 in division play.

The Trojans also started off in a six point hole and didn’t manage to climb out until the five minute mark of the first half when Zarmarlus Griffin canned a trey to give Delta a 30-29 advantage. The half ended with the Bulldogs leading by two, 37-35.

MDCC jumped out to an early six point lead in the second half before Holmes again tied the game at 52-all at the 12 minute mark. The Trojans slowly increased their lead after that until they had an eight point advantage with just under five minutes remaining.

During the next four-and-a-half minutes the Bulldogs outscored the Trojans 13-5 and tied the game a 73-all with 36 seconds left on the clock. Delta drove the court but lost the ball out of bounds and the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead bucket with six-tenths of a second remaining. A desperation shot at the buzzer sailed wide.

Zarmarlus Griffen led Delta in scoring with 13 points. He was followed on double figures by Ondarious Hamlin with 11 and Tyrone McNeese and Darius Dukes with 10 points each.

The loss drops the Trojans to 6-8 overall and evens their North Division record at 2-2 for the year.

Delta will be back on the road again Thursday night as they travel to Fulton to take on North Division foe Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Northwest

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans picked up their second North Division win, against one loss, Thursday night handing the Northwest Community College Rangers a 78-66 loss while the Lady Trojans dropped an 82-72 decision to the Lady Rangers.

Freshman center Travon Harper went 6-11 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line to lead the Trojans with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. He was followed closely by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin with 14 points. Sophomore guard Jaylen Ford added 11 points while sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese also scored in double figures with 10 points.

The Trojans never trailed in the game and led by 18 points, 32-14, with over five minutes remaining in the first half. The Rangers made a push in the opening minutes of the second stanza and were able to cut the lead to nine points, 50-41, at the 12 minute mark, but that’s as close as they would come as the Trojans ran their lead back to 17 with eight minutes remaining.

The win moves the Trojans to 6-7 overall and 2-1 in the North Division race and puts them one game behind division leaders Holmes and East Mississippi, both 3-0.

For the second game in a row, the Lady Trojans were leading their opponent with five minutes remaining in the game when things began to unravel. Delta was up by four points, 67-63, when the Lady Rangers suddenly caught fire, scoring 19 points and the Lady Trojans went cold, managing just five points in the final five minutes.

Freshman guard Rachel Harper paced the Delta ladies with a team-high 20 points (3-5 three-pointers) while sophomore forward Niya Head scored another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guards Mary Washington and Aqueshia Kimble (seven rebounds) added 11 points each. Freshman guard McKinnon Skeen also scored all her nine points on treys.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 3-10 overall and 0-3 in the North Division race. Both teams will be on the road next week as they travel to Goodman to play Holmes Community College Tuesday night and then go to Fulton to take on Itawamba Community College on Thursday.

Mississippi Delta Splits With Pearl River

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans notched a much-needed win Thursday night, 51-48, over the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River Community College in Moorhead while the Trojans dropped a 78-62 decision in the night cap.

The Delta women got off to slow start in the early going and trailed by as eight points, 14-6, after eight minutes of play. But, they caught up fast with sophomore guard Aqueshia Kimble hit six points in a row to ignite a 16-4 run that put the Lady Trojans up 24-18 at the break.

MDCC held that lead until the 14 minute mark when Pearl River tied things at 29-all. The game was nip and tuck from there on in with 10 lead changes and neither team able to gain more than a three point advantage.

A three-pointer by freshman guard TaKyla Dukes with 2:40 remaining gave the Lady Trojans a two point lead. Pearl River tied the game with a bucket with 10 seconds remaining before Kimble drained a long three with three points left to secure the win.

Kimble was the only Lady Trojan in double figures with 12 points (seven rebounds) but eight members of the team contributed points towards the win which gives the women a 3-8 overall record and an 0-1 North Division mark.

The Trojans’ game started off just the opposite of the women’s game with the Deltans jumping out to a six point lead at the 12 minute mark on the strength of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes. But the Wildcats tied the game six minutes later and led by four points, 37-33, at the half.

The second half belonged to Pearl River as the Wildcats pushed their lead to 14 points on four occasions before ending the game up by 16, 78-62. Fouls and free throws played an important part in the game as the Wildcats went to the charity stripe 35 times and made 27 shots while the Trojans only went to the line 17 times making 14 shots.

Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 15 points and was followed in double figures by Darius dukes with 11 points. The loss drops the men to 5-6 overall and leaves them at 1-0 in the North Division.

Mississippi Delta begins its run through the North Division in earnest Monday night as they travel to Scooba to take on the Lions and Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College at 6 and 8 p.m. They will return to the friendly confines of the J.T. Hall Coliseum Thursday night to host Northwest Mississippi Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.

Trojans Named To All-State Football Team

Seven Mississippi Delta Community College football players have been named to the All-State first and second teams for the 2014 season.

Named to the first team All-State Offense for the North was sophomore defensive back/returner Cedric Poole (5-10, 192 of Birmingham, AL). Poole had 43 tackles, 32 solo, during the 2014 season and averaged 17 yards per kickoff return.

Named to the second team All-State Offense North was wide receiver Derrick Jenkins (5-9, 180 of Benoit), running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219 of West Palm Beach, FL), and linemen Josh Cooper (6-1, 315 of Yazoo City) and Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325 of Drew). Derrick Jenkins had 29 receptions for 317 yards (10.0 average) and four touchdowns. Roshard Burney had 614 yards on 111 carries (6.6 yard average).

Named to the second team All-State Defense North was defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265 of Atlanta, GA) and defensive back Denarius Howard (6-1, 190 of Greenwood). Howard had 53 tackles, 34 solo, and four interceptions.

Trojans Open North Play By Trouncing Northeast

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans pulled off their second lopsided victory in a row Monday night by defeating North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College 90-66 in Moorhead. The Lady Trojans were defeated 86-66.

The Trojans notched their first North Division game of the season in fine fashion never trailing after they tied the game 4-4 at the 16:28 mark of the first quarter. Mississippi Delta led by 13 points, 41-27, at the break.

The Deltans continued to pour in the points in the second half leading by 21 points, 58-37, at the 12:26 mark and by 30 points, 83-53, with five minutes remaining. The biggest lead was 33 points with 2:25 left in the game and came courtesy of a three-pointer by sophomore guard Darius Dukes who went 4-8 from beyond the arc and scored 16 points for the Trojans.

Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin also score 16 points while sophomore center Travon Harper had a team high 19 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds for the night. Freshman guard Jabarie Escoffery also scored in double figures with 11 points.

The win puts the Trojans at 5-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play. The Northeast Tigers drop to 4-5 overall and 0-2 in division play.

The women’s game was just the opposite of the men’s game. The Lady Trojans took an early lead but then went cold from the field. They trailed by as many as 13 points at the 2:56 mark but made a determined comeback that cut the deficit to six points, 42-36, at the break.

The Delta women’s cold streak continued in the second half while the Lady Tigers got hot running their lead to as many as 23 points, 79-56, at the 4:46 mark of the second half. Statistically Northeast hit 52 percent from the field while the Lady Trojans managed to hit just 36 percent.

Sophomore forward Niya Head was the only Lady Trojan with a hot hand pumping in a game high 20 points and notching another double-double with 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Eugenia Gilliam was the only other player in double figures with 12 points.

The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in North Division play while the Lady Tigers improve to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in division play.

This was the final game of the year for both the Trojans and Lady Trojans. Their next action will be Monday, January 5th, against Southwest Community College in Summit.

Seven Trojans To Play In All-Star Game

Seven Mississippi Delta Community College sophomores have been chosen to play in the 41st Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Game to be held Thursday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.

The seven include running back Roshard Burney (5-11, 219) out of West Palm Beach, FL., quarterback Jaylon Daniels (5-11, 180) from Grenada, offensive lineman Edrick Thigpen (6-3, 325) from Drew, offensive lineman Josh Cooper (6-1, 315) from Yazoo City, defensive lineman Tony Williams (6-0, 260) from Jackson, defensive lineman Jordan Washington (6-3, 265) from Atlanta, GA., and defensive back Cedric Poole (5-11, 192) from Birmingham, AL.

The game will start at 1 p.m. and will feature players from all 14 Mississippi community colleges on two 33 man squads. The MDCC players will participate on the North squad under the direction of Holmes Community College Head Coach Jeff Koonz.

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