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.
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Meridian Community College Tuesday at Meridian losing game one 9-8 in 10 innings and winning game two 6-5 in eight innings.
Both games were extra inning affairs. This year’s new format in baseball no longer divides the state into North and South divisions. Instead, every team in the state plays one designated date with every other team in the state and the eight teams with the best records advance to the state tournament. Every doubleheader date consist of a nine inning game followed by a seven inning game.
In game one, Meridian held an 8-3 lead after six innings after they scored two runs each in the first, second and third innings and one each in the fifth and sixth while the Trojans scored three runs in the first inning. Delta tied the game with two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth and the game remained knotted until the Eagles ended it with a run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Trojans’ eight runs came on 16 hits with five errors and they left 11 runners stranded on base. The Eagles’ nine runs came on 11 hits with no errors while nine runners were left stranded. Jordan Lambert and Will Costinett had three hits apiece for the Trojans. Peyton Callahan had one hit and three RBI’s while Matt Ray had two hits with one RBI and Michael Beloso and Clay LaBeff had one hit and one RBI each. Tays Hardy and Ty Dean added two hits apiece.
In game two the Trojans held a 4-3 lead through five innings after scoring one run in the first and third innings and two in the fourth. The Eagles responded with one run in the first and two in the second. Meridian tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game stayed knotted until Delta scored two runs in the top of the eighth. Meridian scored one run in the bottom of the frame and took the loss.
MDCC’s six runs came on five hits with one error with six men left on base. Meridian’s five runs came on eight hits and five errors with eight runners left stranded. Tays Hardy had one hit and an RBI while Clay LaBeff, Matt Ray, Jordan Lambert, and Peyton Callahan all had one hit apiece.
The Trojans’ overall record now stands at 9-12 while their conference record improves to 3-1 which puts MDCC in fifth place in the state behind East Mississippi at 6-0 in conference (12-6 overall), Hinds CC 5-1 (17-1), East Central CC 5-1 (12-6) and Northwest CC 5-1 (10-4).
The next scheduled game is a conference matchup Saturday at Moorhead against the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears. First pitch is set for 1p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members Saturday, April 25th, with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.
This year’s athletes include; Hal Bridges - football (1966-1968), Chuck Edwards – basketball (1976-1978), Michelle Mullen - softball (1990-1992), Gail Mullen Sims - Softball (1990-1992), and Matthew Duff - baseball (1993-1995). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC maintenance technician and Moorhead native Mac Sheffield.
Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Director, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations may be made by calling 662-246-6478 or 246-6471 or 662-207-0266. The deadline for ordering is April 17th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.
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
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team won its first two conference games of the season Saturday on the road at Wesson demolishing Copiah-Lincoln Community College 12-3 in game one and 12-2 in game two.
The Co-Lin Wolves took a one run lead in the bottom of the first in game one and held that lead through four scoreless Trojans inning in the nine inning affair. The MDCC bats woke up in the fifth when the Trojans took a 2-1 lead. They then exploded for four runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth while the Wolves could only muster two additional runs in the sixth.
Sophomore lefty Tre Hobbs was the winning pitcher going seven complete giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Tyler Milligan went two innings with no runs on one hit and one strikeout. The Trojans scored 12 runs on 13 hits with five errors while the Wolves scored three runs on eight hits with five errors.
Matt Ray led the Trojans at the plate with four RBI’s on three hits and three runs. He was followed by Jordan Lambert with three hits, one RBI, and three runs. Peyton Callahan added two hits and one RBI.
Game two ended after just five innings as the Trojans scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in the fourth and four in the fifth while allowing the Wolves just two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Right-handed freshman Lee Quates kept Co-Lin in check for four complete innings giving up no runs and just two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Reliever Kerry Hinton went one inning giving up two runs on one hit with two walks.
Matt Ray had two hits and one RBI and scored two runs while Jordan Lambert had two hits and an RBI and one run. Ty Dean also had two hits and scored two runs, while DeShawn Lindsey and Clay LaBeff had one hit and two runs each.
The Trojans scored their 12 runs on 12 hits with one error while the Wolves’ two runs came on three hits with three errors.
During the week the Trojans split a pair of games with the Southwest Bears at Summit with Delta winning the first game 8-7 and losing game two 6-5. In game one the Trojans scored their eight runs on 15 hits with three errors while the Bears’ seven runs came on 10 hits with two errors. In game two the Trojans scored five runs on nine hits with no errors while the Bears scored six runs on six hits with one error.
After Saturday the Trojans are 8-9 overall and 2-0 in conference play. In a new system this year, all fifteen teams in the state will play each other just once in two nine inning double headers with the top eight teams going to the state tournament. There is no North and South Division in baseball.
The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team took on the No.2 team in the nation today, the Hinds Community College Eagles, and was defeated 8-3 in game one and 7-2 in game two.
In game one the Eagles scored three runs in the first, one in the fifth, and four in the sixth while the Trojans could only manage one run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth innings. Delta’s three runs came on five hits with five errors and five men left on base. The Eagles eight runs came on just four hits with two errors and five men left on base.
Kyle Wilson took the loss on the mound for the Trojans giving up three runs and no hits with two walks. Ayreon Davis led MDCC at the plate with one hit and one RBI. Ty Dean and Peyton Callahan got one hit each and scored one run apiece while Jordan Lambert and Clay LaBeff added a hit each.
Game two was a scoreless battle until the bottom of the fourth when the Eagles scored four runs. They added three more in the sixth inning while the Trojans scored their two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Delta’s two runs came on four hits with one error and six men left on base. Hinds seven runs came on 14 hits with one error and four men left stranded.
Ty Dean had two hits and an RBI while Jordan Lambert had one hit and scored one run and Matt Ray added a hit. Austin Burdine took the loss going four complete innings while giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out two batters.
The Trojans finished the day with a 5-6 overall record. The next regularly scheduled game is set for Wednesday against Southwest Mississippi Community College at Summit. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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.