SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams dropped tough-luck home decisions to East Central Community College during Tuesday night MACJC hoops action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The visiting Warriors outlasted the home-standing Lions by a 55-52 final tally in women's action and prevailed again in men's play with a narrow 58-57 road victory over EMCC.
During the men's nightcap, the Lions rebounded from an early 15-point deficit (26-11) 13 minutes into the game by making an 11-2 run over the final six minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 28-22 by the intermission.
After being saddled with a pair of first-half fouls apiece, the backcourt tandem of Robert Davis Jr. and Dewayne Cox ignited EMCC's continued comeback attempt during the opening portion of the second half. Following a pair of three-point baskets by Davis and a Cox finger roll, Darrious Agnew's made free throw knotted the score at 37-all with 13:15 remaining in the game.
The Warriors promptly responded with eight unanswered points, including two made treys by Roti Ware, to re-establish control of the contest midway through the closing half. East Central continued to maintain a six-point lead (58-52) with two minutes left on the game clock before the Lions made a final push down the stretch.
With just over a minute remaining, EMCC freshman Donte Powers made it a one-possession game (58-55) by converting Cox's steal into a basket after the sophomore guard dove to the floor to gain possession for the Lions. Following a shot clock violation called on the visitors, Cox pulled the home team to within a single point by drilling a pair of free throws with 36.2 seconds left.
The Warriors used up most of the remaining time on their last possession before Ware's forced leaner was rebounded by Agnew with only 5.1 ticks remaining. Having scored all 16 of his points in the second half, the game's final play was designed for Cox. The Ripley native took the inbounds pass and made his way through traffic before misfiring on the potential game-winner at the buzzer.
Coach Billy Begley's EMCC Lions had their four-game winning streak snapped while falling to 7-5 overall on the season. Along with Cox's team-high 16 points, Agnew contributed 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The East Central men snapped their three-game losing skid and improved to 7-3 overall for the year. Ware led the way for the Warriors with a game-high 18 points.
The East Mississippi basketball teams, both 1-0 in MACJC North Division play after last month's home sweep over Mississippi Delta, resume division play by traveling to Goodman to meet the Holmes Bulldogs during a Thursday evening hoops doubleheader. A 6 p.m. women's game will be followed by an 8 p.m. men's contest at Frank Branch Coliseum on the Holmes campus. Both games are scheduled to be available via live-stream at www.EMCCAthletics.com/live with Austin Buchanan set to call the play-by-play action.
Contact: David Rosinski, EMCC Sports Information Director