SCOOBA --- East Mississippi Community College stood between the Holmes Community College Bulldogs and the North Division title here Monday night. Trailing by one at halftime, the Bulldogs came out strong in the second half and pulled off the 74-64 battle with the Lions.
With the win, the Bulldogs, now 17-5 overall and 10-1 in the North Division, round out the regular season with an 8 p.m. game with Northeast Mississippi Community on Thursday night in Goodman. The game can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com. Holmes then heads to Copiah-Lincoln Community College for the MACJC State Tournament beginning Tuesday in Wesson. Game time and opponent for Tuesday has not been decided yet. Stay tuned to www.holmesathletics.com for tournament information.
East Mississippi jumped out early in the contest and led 9-2 after a basket from Antonio Finley with 17:10 left in the first half. The Lions then increased the lead to eight points at 12-4 with 14:45 to play in the game after a Chris Rhoney three-pointer.
After that point, Holmes then hit three huge three-pointers from D'Angelo Richardson and Jarvis Williams to give the Bulldogs a brief 18-17 lead with 10:20 to play. East Mississippi retook the lead minutes later and held the lead until Holmes' Daryl Macon made a bucket with a free throw to tie the game at 28 with 2:52 to play in the half.
East Mississippi held a brief lead of 29-28 until Holmes' Cedric Harper hit two consecutive free throws to put Holmes up 30-29. Finley then hit a bucket just as the halftime horn sounded to give East Mississippi then 31-20 leading going into halftime.
Macon's layup with 17:26 put the Bulldogs up 34-33 and Holmes increased the lead to 26-33 after a Williams bucket with 17:03. East tied the game at 36 and hold retook a four-point lead on a basket and two consecutive free throws from Dietrich Taylor gave Holmes the lead until East retied the game at 45 with 11:50 to play.
Holmes took a 47-45 lead with 10:34 to play on a basket from Lacurtis Allen. Holmes increased the lead from that point and led by as much as 11 points at 63-52 with 1:46 to play in the game.
Macon led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Williams had 13 and Richardson and Harper each had 12. Harper led the Bulldogs with six rebounds.