MDCC Opens 2014 With Losses

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:57

Both Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams returned to action Tuesday night for the first time in 2014 and both teams suffered losses at the hands of South Division foe Southwest Community College of Summit with the Lady Trojans losing 69-57 and the Trojans falling 76-69.

The first half of the women’s game was an evenly matched affair with neither team gaining moe than a three point advantage in a half with nine lead changes. The Lady Bears held a three point lead at the break, 32-29.

Southwest opened the second stanza with a pair of three point buckets and shot out to a nine point lead in the first two minutes. It took the Lady Trojans more than eight minutes to whittle that lead down to two, 48-46. The Lady Bears responded with four more treys and outscored Delta 16-7 in the following five minutes to push back out to an insurmountable 10 point lead.

Mississippi Delta’s freshman forward Niya Head lead the game in scoring with 16 points and was followed by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer with 14 points. The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play.

The Trojans opened their game with a three point lead but were quickly outscored by the Bears who pushed out to a 16 point lead, 38-22, in the first 16 minutes. During that time Delta’s sophomore center James Evans scored 14 of the Trojans’ points. Then point guard Zamarlus Griffin entered the game and reeled off five buckets in a row (including two treys) for 10 points. A three-pointer by freshman point guard Anthony Mabon gave the Trojans a 15-1 run and the half ended with the Bears up 39-37.

Mississippi Delta continued their run to open the second half and pushed out to a six point lead before the Bears finally regained the equilibrium and fought back to tie the game at 58-all at the 9:45 mark.

Southwest gained a five point lead during the next three minutes but a two point bucket by freshman forward Kel’Drek Young and a three-point shot by freshman guard Darius Duke tied the game again with 6:10 remaining.

The rest of the game belonged to Southwest who managed to outscore the Trojans 13-6 in the final five minutes on the strength of six free throws and a late three-pointer.

James Evans led the game in scoring with 17 points. He was followed in double figures by Zarmarlus Griffin with 12 points. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in North Division play.

The Deltans’ next action will be Thursday when they travel to Poplarville to take on Pearl River Community College at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.