CLINTON --- The postseason wasn't kind to the Holmes Community College Bulldogs this season after bowing out in last week's MACJC State Tournament quarterfinals versus Gulf Coast and then falling to the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers here today in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament, 88-81.
The Bulldogs ended the season at 18-7. Northeast will now play Northwest in the Region semi-finals tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Holmes had taken two prior contests this season against the Tigers in both Goodman and Booneville.
Holmes jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first two minutes of the game before the Tigers mounted a comeback to tie the game at nine with 16:55 to play in the first half. Holmes then went up 17-12 minutes later on a three-pointer from Daryl Macon before the Tigers retook the lead at 18-17 with 14:34 to play in the first half. Macon then led the Bulldogs to another lead of 24-19 with 12:04 to play before Northeast started getting back into the game and tied the game at 27 with 8:52 to play. The Tigers held a 38-27 lead with four minutes left in the half. Northeast led 45-37 at halftime.
The Bulldogs then went on run to start the second half and tied the game at 52 on a two-point bucket from Demarkis Weatherall with 15:10 to play in the game. A Macon bucket with 8:20 to play put Holmes up 66-62. Northeast then tied the game at 69 with 5:18 to play and the team battled back and forth until there was 1:32 left when Northeast took the lead for good and led by 10 before Macon hit the final bucket of the game, a three from the left corner.
Macon finished the game with 31 points while Harper had 19 points. Cedric Harper brought in eight rebounds. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 46.4 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line.