Hinds Bulldogs Basketball Edges Out Co-Lin in Tough Win

Hinds Bulldogs Basketball Edges Out Co-Lin in Tough Win
UTICA- The Hinds Community College Bulldogs men's basketball team took home a hard-earned victory Tuesday night (Jan. 22) as they out-lasted Copiah-Lincoln Community College by a score of 78 - 66 in the Bulldogs' J.D. Boyd Gymnasium in Utica.

The first half of the home matchup saw six lead changes and six different tie scores as each team volleyed for an edge over the other through solid defense and consistent interior play. The mark of the first half was characterized by the 35 - 34 score in favor of the Bulldogs which was posted by two made free throws with the clock near zero.

The second half proved to be just as exciting as the teams continued to go back and forth with the lead being just one point for the Bulldogs with only three minutes remaining in the game. But, good defense and smart play gave Hinds a good run to put the game on ice only allowing Co-Lin four to Hinds' 15 points over the last three minutes of the contest.

The much-needed victory puts the Bulldogs basketball team at 8-6 on the year and drops Co-Lin to 9-5. The win holds great value to the Hinds team as it snaps a three-game losing streak in which the Bulldogs poured-out some good efforts but fell unlucky late in the contests.

On the victory, head coach Yusef Fitzgerald remarks, "We had some tough games recently against some quality opponent where we played hard but just weren't able to pull out a victory, and those tough losses led to this win as you see this young group of guys learning how to win together."

Speaking further on the win, Fitzgerald states, "Last night's effort moved us in the right direction and closer to where I want us to be as a team. After the Meridian game we made a conscious effort to get better defensively, and tonight, we were able to hold Co-Lin (who had been averaging over 84 point per game) to just 66 points."

The Bulldogs will certainly need more of those defensive efforts as they continue through the heart of their conference schedule with play picking back up this Thursday, January 24 at J.D. Boyd Gymnasium in Utica against East Central Community College at 7:30 p.m. The team will be set on gaining another victory as they eye a playoff spot in search of a championship this season.

To follow the Hinds Bulldogs basketball team in their route to the playoffs, look back in to the hindsccsports.com athletics website for scores and updates and follow the team on Twitter at @HindsCC_MBB; fans can also find updates on @HindsCCSports, the general Hinds sports Twitter account.

Thursday's home game will be live streamed, as are all home games, via web broadcast at https://www.hindsccsports.net/channel1.

From the Hinds Athletic website (www.hindsccsports.com) main page, find the live stream link by scrolling over the WATCH/CONNECT and clicking on "Live Stream." After being redirected to https://www.hindsccsports.net/, click on Channel 1. Once there, simply click on the play button. Live stream broadcasts typically start 10 minutes prior to game time.

If you miss a game or want to re-watch a game simply select "ON DEMAND" on the live stream site (https://www.hindsccsports.net/). Then select basketball and click playlist to scroll and find the game for which you are looking.