WESSON --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs return to the MACJC State Championship Game tomorrow night here at Copiah-Lincoln Community College for the first time since winning the title in 2007. Holmes knocked off the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers, 69-59, this afternoon here to advance to the title game versus either Pearl River or Gulf Coast.
Thursday's title game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. in Mullen Gymnasium on the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The game can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com.
The Bulldogs, now 20-5 on the season, broke a one-to-one series tie with Tigers by winning today. Northeast won 55-54 in Booneville, and Holmes won 61-57 last week in Goodman.
Holmes led by 11 at halftime and held on for the win after being outscored by the Tigers, 38-37, in the second half.
The Tigers scored first and held the lead 3-0 lead until the 17:50 mark of the first half when Marcus Washington scored a two-point bucket for the Bulldogs putting Holmes up 4-3. Northeast tied the game at six and again at eight and 10 before taking a brief two-point lead at 12-10 with 10:03 to play in the first half on two free throws from Dimario Jackson.
Holmes retook the lead with 8:53 to play when Daryl Macon hit a three-pointer giving Holmes the 13-12 lead. Holmes increased the lead to 11 at 32-21 just before halftime on a three-pointer from D'Angelo Richardson.
The Bulldogs went up by 16 points at 37-21 with 17:36 to play in the game when Torlorf Thomas hit a three-pointer. The Tigers got as close as seven with 4:05 to play, but the Bulldogs stretched the lead back out to 13 points at 64-51 when Richardson hit two free throws with 54 seconds left.
Macon led the Bulldogs with 24 points including four three-pointers and was eight-of-nine from the free throw line. Richardson followed with 16 points, and Washington had 10. Cedric Harper was the leading rebounder with eight. Holmes shot 46.8 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from the three-point line and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
Jackson led the Tigers with 17 points while Raheem Sorrell followed with 14. Sorrell had nine rebounds, and Chris Ward added seven. Northeast shot 28.6 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from the three-point line and 64.7 percent from the free throw line.
Photo by Mitch Deaver, PRCC