GOODMAN --- Third time will be the charm for either the Holmes Community College Bulldogs or the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the MACJC State Tournament at Copiah-Lincoln Community College as the teams look to break a tie of two regular season tilts. Northeast won 55-54 in Booneville on Jan. 26, and the Bulldogs knocked off the Tigers, 61-57, in Goodman on Feb. 19.
Holmes, the North Division No. 1 seed, is 19-5 on the season while the Tigers, the North Division No. 3 seed, is 17-7 on the season. The teams play at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Holmes defeated East Central Tuesday, 62-59 in overtime while the Tigers knocked off the Jones County Junior College Bobcats, 67-62, Tuesday in the first round games at Co-Lin. All tournament games for Holmes can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com.
Holmes is averaging 73.6 points per game and is giving up 50.9 points per game. Holmes is led by Daryl Macon (6-3, guard, freshman, Little Rock, Ark.), Marcus Washington (6-1, guard, sophomore, Clinton), Cedric Harper (6-6, forward, freshman, Tallahassee, Fla.), Jarvis Williams (5-8, guard, sophomore, Jackson) and Dietrich Taylor (6-5, forward/center, freshman, Jackson).
Macon is averaging 23.7 points per game and is in the top five in scoring in the NJCAA. Marcus Washington is next with a 9.4 points per game average while Harper gets 8.2 points per game, Williams scores 7.4 points per game and Taylor scores 6.1 points per game. Harper brings in 5.2 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 5.0 rebounds per game. Williams is the leading three-point shooter with a 41.2 percent average with Macon having a 39.2 percent average. Harper gets 2.3 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.
As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from the three-point line and 71.6 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 86.3 percent. Holmes brings in 29.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.7 assists.
Northeast is averaging 74 points per game and is giving up 71.3 points per game. Northeast is led by Dimario Jackson (6, guard, sophomore, Brusly, La.), Raheem Sorrell (6-5, forward, freshman, Corinth), Desmin Harris (6-2, guard, freshman, Corinth) and Dexter Stafford (6-4, forward, sophomore, Corinth).
Jackson is averaging 19.1 points per game. Sorrell is averaging 11 points per game while Harris is averaging 9.5 points per game and Stafford is averaging 6.1 points per game. Stafford brings in 6.5 rebounds per game while Sorrell brings in 4.7 rebounds per game. Jackson leads in three-point shooting with a 35.1 percent average.
As a team, the Tigers are shooting 43.5 percent from the floor, 32.9 percent from the three-point line and 71 percent from the free throw line with Jackson shooting free throws at 87 percent. Northeast brings in 39.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 14 assists.