Men lose in triple overtime
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans sailed to an easy 72-47 win over the Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College Thursday night at home while the men’s game went into triple overtime before the Lions prevailed 118-114.
The Lady Trojans were looking to avenge a 46-37 loss to the Lady Lions two weeks ago at Scooba and they did so in fine fashion. Delta made the first field goal of the game and never looked back, stretching their first half lead to as many as 13 points, 23-10, with 4:50 left in the half. They went to the locker room leading 30-19.
Mississippi Delta opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 20 point lead and pushed that lead to as many as 27 points, 70-43, with under a minute remaining.
Sophomore forward Niya Head had an outstanding game scoring a game-high 21 points and notching another double-double with 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mary Washington also hauled down 14 rebounds and scored six points while freshman guard Jasmine Jackson was the second high scorer for Delta with eight points.
The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 7-12 and their North Division slate to 3-5. They have four division games remaining.
It was raining treys in the first half of the men’s match and the vast majority were coming from the Lions who plunked in 10 three-pointers in the first half, to the Trojans three, and led by 15 points, 50-35, at the break after leading by 20 with 1:10 left in the half.
But the Lions cooled off in the second half while the Trojans cranked up their three-point machine hitting seven treys to East Mississippi’s two. It took a while, but Delta steadily chipped away at the Lions’ lead and finally to their first lead of the game, 67-66, on the strength of a three by sophomore guard Jaylon Ford.
East Mississippi pulled out to a six point lead with 5:35 left in the game, but treys by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin, freshman center Travon Harper and sophomore guard Darius Dukes gave the Trojans a 76-75 lead with 3:35 remaining.
The Trojans pushed that lead out to four points with 50 seconds left, but were outscored 7-3 down the stretch to leave the game knotted at 88-all.
Delta’s Darius Dukes opened the first OT with a trey, one of seven for the night, but the Trojans could only manage six points during the five minute period. East Mississippi canned two treys to tie the game at 94-all.
The Trojans scored eight points in the second OT and lead by six points with 1:03 left in the period. But the Lions outscored the Trojans 8-2 in the final minute with sophomore Tyrone McNeese having to make one of two free throws to tie the game at 102.
In the third overtime the Trojans scored 12 points and led by two points with 36 seconds after sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin went one-for-one at the charity stripe. The Lions tied the game and then went up by a bucket and a missed three-pointer by MDCC with 12 seconds forced the Trojans to foul. The Lions made both free throws and the game ended 118-114 in favor of EMCC.
Darius Dukes had an outstanding game-high 34 points which included going 11/20 from the field, 7/13 from beyond the arc, and 5/8 from the charity stripe. Zarmarlus Griffin scored 22 points, Travon Harper had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrone McNeese had 15 points and DeCarlos Holmes added 10.
The loss drops Delta to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in division play and leaves them solidly in fourth place in the North Division. The Trojans have four division games remaining, one with division leader Holmes, plus games with Northwest, Itawamba and Coahoma – all of whom trail the Trojans in the standings.
Mississippi Delta will be on the road Monday night as they travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Community College at 5 and 7 p.m.
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans went down to defeat at Booneville Monday night as the Northeast Community College Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Trojans 60-45 while the Tigers beat the Trojans 87-78 in North Division play.
MDCC sophomore guard Mary Washington scored the first two buckets of the game and gave the Lady Trojans a 4-0 lead. This would be Delta’s only lead of the game. The Lady Tigers answered with two treys and never looked back. Northeast pulled out to a 10 point lead with five minutes left in the first half.
The Deltans cut the lead to four points at the half, 27-23, but that was as close as they would come as the Lady Tigers opened up a double digit lead and pretty much kept it there for the majority of the second half.
Sophomore forward Niya Head led the game in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Mary Washington with 10 points and Aqueshia Kimble with eight points and nine rebounds.
The loss drops the MDCC women to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in North Division play.
The Trojans also lead just once in their game, at the 15:40 mark of the first half, when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin hit a three-pointer to put Delta up by one. The Tigers answered with a three of their own (one of eight on the night) and steadily pulled away for the Trojans to lead by 16 points, 48-32, at the break.
Mississippi Delta cut the lead to eight points twice in the second half but could come no closer as they were forced to foul down the stretch. The Tigers responded by going 7-12 at the charity stripe while the Trojans were only able to score eight points during the same time frame.
Freshman center Travon Harper led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 17 points going 6-9 from the field with five of those being either tip-ins or put backs. Sophomore guards Darius Dukes and Zarmarlus Griffin scored 14 points each, while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored 13 points and sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese added 12 points.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-10 overall and 4-3 and fourth place in the North Division while Northeast moves into third place with a 5-3 North slate. Holmes is in first place at 7-1 while East Mississippi holds down second place with a 6-1 record.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be at home Thursday night to take on their East Mississippi Community College rivals with games beginning at 6 and 8 p.m.
Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball fans are invited to the fourth Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, February 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. This year’s guest speaker will be Mike DeJean, former Major League pitcher and MDCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2015 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the February 10th season opener against Southwest TN CC at Moorhead. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
Mike DeJean was the Trojans outstanding shortstop in 1989 and 1990 under Hall of Fame Coach Terry Thompson helping the Trojans to a MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship. He went on to Livingston State University (now West Alabama) where he helped the Tigers advance to the Division II College World Series.
Following his senior year he was drafted by the New York Yankees as a pitcher. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1996 for Joe Girardi and made his professional debut on May 2, 1997 pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies. During his four seasons he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances, mostly as a mid-reliever.
He then played two years for the Milwaukee Brewers and achieved success as a closer during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he had 27 saves out of 30 appearances. He went on to play for the both the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles and was named Player of the Week for May 26 – June 1, 2003.
DeJean was traded to the New York Mets in 2004 and recorded 24 strikeouts during 21 innings in 16 games - good enough for a 1.69 ERA. In 2005 he rejoined the Rockies where he posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 games, all in relief. Injuries ended his career that year.
For additional information on this year’s Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans ran the table on cross-Delta rivals Coahoma Monday night in Moorhead with the Lady Trojans trouncing the Lady Tigers 84-63 and the Trojans routing the Tigers 93-67.
The Lady Trojans got off to a slow start and trailed by two points in the early minutes of the game, but then gained their footing and slowly pushed out to a 10 point, 42-32, halftime lead with sophomore forward Niya Head scoring 12 of her team-high 16 points during the period.
The Delta women continued to rack up points in the second half and pushed their lead to 26 points, 78-52, with four minutes remaining in the game.
Head earned another double-double with 10 rebounds and Racquel Harper added 14 points while Mary Washington had 13 points going 4/8 from the field and 5/5 from the charity stripe. Aqueshia Kimble tacked on 11 points and Eugenia Gilliam also scored in double figures with 10 points.
The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 5-11 and improves their North Division mark to 2-4. The Lady Tigers dropped to 0-6 in division play.
The Trojans came out firing on all cylinders in the men’s game and after 10 minutes of play had a 24-4 lead with freshman center Travon Harper putting up eight of his game-high 26 points during that run. Harper ended the night going 10/14 from the field and 6/9 at the free throw line while scoring a double-double with 15 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action.
Mississippi Delta led 44-20 at the break and although the Tigers managed to cut the lead to 12 at one point, the Trojans soon pushed back out to a 20 point lead and ended the game with their biggest margin of the year.
Zarmalus Griffin ended the night with 15 points and four assists while Tyrone McNeese scored 12 points with four assists and Ondarious Hamlin added 10 points and four assists. The win brings the Trojans’ overall record to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in North Division play. This leaves them in third place behinds Holmes and East Mississippi who are both 5-1.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be on the road Thursday as they travel to Memphis to take on Southwest Tennessee Community College. Monday they will be on the road again as they travel to Booneville to begin the second round of North Division play at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
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.
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.
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.