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Vicksburg Junior High Gators ranked No. 1 after defeating Clinton

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Gator Malik Montgomery (in gray) gets ready for a free throw.

The Vicksburg Junior High eighth grade boys defeated the Clinton Arrows last night in a heated battle that got the Gators head coach ejected from the game.

Both teams were undefeated before the game, and the Clinton crowd was hostile, rooting for coach Jerdon Hardiman to get tossed out.

The Gators came out shining in the first quarter preventing the Arrows from scoring at all until the end of the quarter, when Vicksburg led 13-4.

By the middle of the second quarter, Clinton began to put some more numbers on the scoreboard, getting into the game. Vicksburg did not stop their offensive drive, and put up 14 points in the second quarter to lead 27-21 at halftime.

As the second half began, the crowd got even noisier as the score got closer.

Kealon Bass knocked down a big three pointer for the Gators, but the whistle would continue to blow with foul calls on both teams, which frustrated Vicksburg coach Hardiman. By this point, the Gators had held the lead from the beginning and finished the third quarter with a 35-33 lead.

The fourth quarter is when the game would be at its wildest.

The Arrows took a 43-41 lead, but the Gators scored again once they got possession of the ball. Clinton refused to put the correct score on the board which heated Hardiman. After protesting the score, Hardiman was ejected from the game after two technical fouls. As he was escorted out, the correct score went up when Clinton realized they made a mistake.

Assistant coach DeAndre King said that Hardiman did “what he thought was right by standing up.”

King took over, and the Gators seemed to lose confidence letting Clinton take a six point lead, but the Gators didn’t let that stand too long.

“The boys responded well and fought great.” King said. “Player Davian Williams told me that they had my back, and it felt good to step up and be a leader.“

In the final two minutes—just as some fans thought the game was over and began to leave, thinking Clinton would win—the Gators got their confidence back and began to score back-to-back points.

Gators center Tyler Carter scored two lay ups in the final 30 seconds to secure a 52-50 Gator win.

The Gators (9-0) are now ranked No. 1 after the victory.

“I always taught them to play like champions,” Hardiman said, “and they stuck it out and did just that.”

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Ole Miss basketball coach Kermit Davis tests positive for COVID-19

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Kermit Davis, head coach of the University of Mississippi basketball team, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first two games of the season, which starts next week.

The school announced the news with a tweet Wednesday containing a statement from Davis saying he was experiencing mild symptoms.

Assistant head coach Ronnie Hamilton will take over the team in Davis’ absence. The Rebels will play Central Arkansas Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.

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VHS freshman Bass scored 20 points Tuesday for the Gators

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Vicksburg High School freshman basketball player Kealon Bass led the Gators in points in their 59-26 victory over Pearl Monday.

Bass scored 20 points in the big win for the Gators, as Pearl was unable to stop him from getting to the basket. He almost outscored the whole Pirates team by himself. The game marked one his best performances, yet. Teammate Davion Williams helped out by putting up 17 points for the team.

Bass has led his freshman team to a 6-0 record under head coach Julius Williams.

The Gators will play Northwest Rankin tonight, Thursday, at home starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

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PCA basketball player Chris Taylor scored 33 points Monday

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Porter’s Chapel Academy basketball player Chris Taylor had an outstanding performance Monday in PCA’s 69-37 victory over Mt. Salus.

Taylor scored 33 points in the big win, almost outscoring the entire Mt. Salus team. He also played great defense and had four steals on the night.

Taylor is a junior at Porter’s Chapel and is playing under first-year head coach Walter Hallberg IV. He is now the lead scorer on the team, and the Eagles are getting better with every game.

Taylor and the Eagles will be at home Thursday against North Sunflower Academy. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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