CLINTON --- A 56.1 percent shooting average from the floor here Friday afternoon by the Holmes Community College Bulldogs against the East Central Community College Warriors and a 73-64 win has propelled the Bulldogs into the Region XXIII Tournament finals Saturday night against the Pearl River Community College Wildcats.
With the win, the Bulldogs moved to 22-6 overall with the win. The Wildcats went to 25-3 with a 67-62 win over East Mississippi Friday afternoon. Saturday night's 8 p.m. Region Championship can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com or heard live at 101.1 FM, breezynews.com or by adding the Breezy app to your smart phone.
East Central jumped out to 3-0 lead and led 6-2 after Isaiah Traylor hit a three-pointer with 18:10 left in the first half. Holmes tied the game at six when Dietrich Taylor hit one of two free throws with 17:23 to go in the first half. East Central then went back up by three points with 16 minutes to play in the first half when Traylor hit a two-point bucket for the Warriors.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at 13-12 with 13:40 to play in the first half when Marcus Washington hit a two-point bucket. Holmes went up 27-13 with 7:20 to play in the first half when Cedric Harper hit a two-point bucket. The lead increased to 13 points at 31-18 when Washington hit another two-point bucket with 2:10 to play in the first half, and Holmes held the 13 point lead at 33-20 at halftime.
Holmes went up by 19 points at 49-30 with 14:24 to play in the game Daryl when Macon hit three of three free throws. The lead went up 21 points at 53-34 with 11:20 on a Washington bucket. The lead was still 20 points with 6:31 left in the game, and the Warriors cut the lead to 15 points at 60-45 with 4:26 to play in the game when Randy Phillips hit a hook shot.
A Campbell three-pointer cut the lead to eight points with 53 seconds left, but Jarvis Williams and Macon hit some key free throws down the stretch to keep the game out of reach for the Warriors.
After that point, the Warriors began battling their way back into the game.
Macon led the Bulldogs with 22 points while Washington had 15 and Harper had 13. Harper led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Washington also added five assists while Macon and Williams each had four assists.
For the game, the Bulldogs shot 23.1 percent from the three-point line and 75 percent from the free throw line.
Quinton Campbell led the Warriors with 23 points while Isaiah Traylor had 16. Derrick Dandridge and Traylor each had five rebounds.
For the game, the Warriors shot 39 percent from the floor, 21.7 percent from the three-point line and 61.9 percent from the free throw line.