WESSON --- Made free throws in the overtime period this afternoon helped send the Holmes Community College Bulldogs to the semi-finals of the MACJC State Tournament tomorrow afternoon as the Bulldogs defeated the East Central Warriors in overtime, 62-59.
With the win, the Bulldogs moved to 19-5 on the season. Holmes will face the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers, the North Division No. 3 seed, who knocked off Jones, the South Division No. 2 seed, in today's first game, at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The game can be seen at www.holmesccmedia.com.
In overtime, Holmes got the lead with 2:19 to play when sophomore guard Jarvis Williams nailed a three-pointer to put Holmes up 58-56. The Bulldogs then went up four points when freshman guard Daryl Macon made two free throws with 21 seconds left making the score 60-56. East Central answered on the next play on a three-pointer from Isaiah Traylor to cut the Holmes lead to one at 60-59.
The Bulldogs then made two more free throws from the hand of Marcus Washington with nine seconds to play to put Holmes up 62-59. Monte Bowie then shot a three in the last second, but it was no good preserving the win for the Bulldogs.
Holmes held a six point lead at 9-3 with 12:03 to play in the first half when Macon nailed a three-pointer. The Warriors pulled to within one point at 9-8 with 10:43 to play in the first half when Derrick Dandridge hit a free throw.
The Bulldogs then increased the lead to 10 points just before halftime when Edward Davis hit two free throws to put the Bulldogs up 26-16 with 19 seconds to play in the first half. Holmes led 26-18 at halftime.
East Central then began fighting back in the second half outscoring the Bulldogs 33-25 in the second half, but the Warriors never led in regulation. Holmes increased the lead to 11 points with 18:09 to play in the game when Torlorf Thomas hit a free throw to make the score 29-18 with 18:09 to play in the second half. The Warriors cut the score to five points at 29-24 when Prince McDaniel hit a bucket with 16 minutes to play.
Holmes went back up 11 points at 40-29 with 11:45 on a Macon free throw and then went up 12 at 44-32 when Cedric Harper scored down low for the Bulldogs. The lead remained 11 with 5:40 to play before the Warriors started chipping away. Quinton Campbell's bucket with 1:57 to play in the second half got the Warriors to within two at 51-49. McDaniel made one free to make it 51-50 Holmes before Campbell hit a free throw with 30 seconds to tie the game at 51. Holmes' Vercell Webster had a chance to win the game for the Bulldogs as regulation ended but the shot was no good.
Macon led the Bulldogs with 23 points while Harper had 14. Macon led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 35 percent from the floor, 21.7 percent from the three-point line and 62.5 percent from the free throw line in the game.
McDaniel led the Warriors with 16 points while Traylor had 12 and Campbell had 11. Leading rebounder for East Central was Campbell with 17. East Central shot 40.9 percent for the game from the floor, 30.4 percent from three-point range and 48.5 percent from the free throw line.
Photo by Natalie Davis, Copiah-Lincoln