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Hinds Bulldogs defeat East Mississippi CC in NJCAA Region 23 Tournament

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For the first time in a decade, the Hinds Community College Bulldog basketball program has a victory in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.

The Bulldogs defeated the East Mississippi Community College Lions 70-64 Tuesday, March 3, in a back and forth affair.

“This is a big win for our program,” said head coach Yusef Fitzgerald. “We are going to enjoy it tonight, but our sole focus is our next game,”

The first half of the game was a low-scoring defensive battle that saw multiple lead changes. Within the first five minutes, Hinds jumped out to an 8-2 lead before EMCC clawed their way back in and tied it up at 14-14 with 12 minutes left in the half.

The Bulldogs regained a three-point lead (22-19) with eight minutes remaining before EMCC took a four-point lead (27-23) with under 10 seconds left in the half.

Kejuan Clements sent Hinds into the locker room with some momentum as he drove the length of the court and connected on a fade-away buzzer-beater to cut the EMCC lead to 27-25 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, EMCC held a one-possession lead for about 12 minutes before Peyton Taylor drilled a corner three-pointer, giving Hinds a 50-48 lead with eight minutes left in regulation.

It wasn’t until Dontrell McQuarter hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left that Hinds took a two-possession lead (66-62). EMCC quickly responded on their ensuing possession to cut the Hinds lead to just two points.

Leading 66-64 with eight seconds left on the clock, McQuarter connected on a heavily contested three-pointer, which gave Hinds a 69-64 lead and put the nail in the coffin for EMCC.

With the 70-64 win, Hinds improved their overall record to 16-8 and advances to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.

Hinds faces off against the No. 2 ranked Pearl River Community College Wildcats (23-0) Thursday, March 5, at 3 p.m. The semifinal matchup will take place inside A.E. Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.

The game will be live streamed at https://www.hindsccsports.net/menu

Fans can also follow @HindsCC_MBB for updates and highlights throughout the contest.

 

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Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday

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Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year

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Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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Vicksburg Junior High got revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 win

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No. 8, MIncer Minor IV, takes a shot. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators were able to get revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 victory Thursday night.

Michael Johnson led the Gators in points as he put up 9 on the night. He also had played great defense, finishing with multiple rebounds. The game mostly relied on both teams’ defense.

VJHS took a 13-7 halftime lead. Decorey Knight Jr came out hot in the second half as he hit a big 3-pointer. He finished the game with 6 points.

Mincer Minor IV stepped up big on defense and finished with 4 points.

VJHS now has a 8-1 record, and they got back at the Mavericks who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

The Gators won’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 10, when they travel to play county rivals Warren Central.

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