FULTON --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs battled here in the first round of the MACJC State Tournament, but a late run and hot shooting from Gulf Coast gave them the 100-88 win knocking Holmes from the State Tournament.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 18-6 overall. The Bulldogs wait and see who they'll play in the Region XXIII Tournament next week at Mississippi College. You can watch the game live at www.holmesccmedia.com or listen on breezynews.com.
The teams battled in the first half with Gulf Coast only leading by five at 15-10 with 13:37 to play in the half. R.J. Scott hit two free throws with 7:03 to play in the half to tie the game at 24. Holmes took the lead at 29-28 with 4:50 to play on a free throw from Demarkis Weatherall, but Gulf Coast answered right back. Holmes retook the lead with 3:48 to play at 33-31 on two free throws from Daryl Macon but Gulf Coast answered once again. Holmes led 41-20 on a D'Angelo Richardson free throw with 23 seconds to play but Gulf Coast got a layup as half ended to lead 42-41 at halftime.
Holmes went on a run in the second half and led by 10 points, 69-59, with 12:39 to play on a dunk by Xavier Williams. The Gulf Coast Bulldogs then fought their way back in it and took the lead at 74-73 with 9:59 to play and never relinquished it. Gulf Coast outscored the Bulldogs 58-47 and went on to win the game.
Macon led the Bulldogs with 33 points while Cedric Harper had 16 and Richardson and Williams each had 13. Williams led the Bulldogs with 10 rebounds while Harper had nine.
Holmes shot 46.8 percent from the floor for the game, only 17.6 from three-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line. Holmes had 16 turnovers in the game to Gulf Coast's nine.
Gulf Coast shot 56.7 percent from the floor for the game after shooting 63.6 percent in the second half. They shot 28.6 from three-point range and 64.5 percent from the free throw line.