Stats: Kenny Mullin Jr. (Oxford) led the West with 19 points, seven boards. Gillard had 18 and Kelsey Barnes (Pontotoc) 14. For the East, Ricky Bell (Aberdeen) scored 25, and Spence Wicks (Booneville) added 17.

Now for the Daily Journal/W07BN all-All Star teams:

Girls: Di’Amber Johnson, Pontotoc; Ranisha Williams, Pontotoc; Jasmine Quinn, Aberdeen; Yalonda Davis, Biggersville; Cyndal Cleveland, Mantachie

Boys: Justin Gillard, Oxford; Kenny Mullin Jr., Oxford; Ricky Bell, Aberdeen; Grant Goolsby, Myrtle; Mitchell McCurry, East Webster

Final: West 80, East 77. Quite a finish. Oxford’s Justin Gillard got a steal and then hit a 3-pointer with 1 second left. The East got a timeout called with 0.9, but it couldn’t get off a shot on the inbounds. More coming.

2:45 left: 72-all. Booneville’s Spence Wicks just threw one down despite getting hacked, and I think that’s awakened the East.

3:25 left: East 71, West 66. Shame on y’all for not being here.

End 3rd: West 58, East 53.

Halftime: East 39, West 38. Heckuva game. The East scored 26 points this quarter, with Ricky Bell (Aberdeen) hitting two of three free throws with no time on the clock to give his team the edge. Same sorta thing happened at the end of the first, when the West’s James Elzie (Pontotoc) was fouled on a 3-pointer at the buzzer and drained all three.

After one quarter of the 3A/4A/5A boys game, the West leads 18-13.

Final: West 73, East 42. Pontotoc’s Di’Amber Johnson, the Daily Journal Player of the Year, had 30 points. Nice way to finish. She’s headed for Starkville now. Her Pontotoc teammate, Ranisha Williams, had 16 points. For the East, Aberdeen’s Jasmine Quinn scored 13, and Alcorn Central’s Erin Parrish added 12.

Halftime of the girls 3A/4A/5A game, and not surprisingly, the West leads 38-22.

Leading scorers: For the East, Mitchell McCurry (East Webster) 20, Justin Owens (H.W. Byers) 19, Darnell McGee (Thrasher) 10. For the West, Grant Goolsby (Myrtle) 24, Marquenton Williams 20. McCurry was named game MVP.

Final: East 81, West 76. West got within two points but committed a crucial turnover late. More on the way.

End 3rd: East 60, West 50.

Halftime: East 38, West 30. The East led by as much as 13. H.W. Byers’ Justin Owens leads the East with eight points; Myrtle’s Grant Goolsby has eight for the West.

End 1st: East 19, West 13. Lot of 3-point bricks being laid, but they’re just getting warmed up. This should be the best game of the day. Looking at the 3A/4A/5A girls rosters, I don’t think the East has a prayer.

Up next: 1A/2A boys.

Davis led all scorers with 18 points and was named game MVP. Other double digits from the East: Cyndal Cleveland (Mantachie) 11, Rumae Butler (Belmont) 10, Wey 10. Cleveland also had 10 boards.

For the West, Tucker finished with 14 to go with nine rebounds, and Denisa Crum (Falkner) had 11 points.

The free throw shooting was atrocious: The East was 12-for-23 (52.2%), the West 9-for-25 (36%).

Final: East 66, West 47. Stats and such in a moment.

I’m told this is not a live feed for Adam. It will air next weekend on Channel 98.

End of 3rd: East 47, West 31. The East trailed 9-1 early but has taken over the game, obviously. Strong play from Yalonda Davis (Biggersville) and Kathleen Wey (East Webster), a foreign exchange student from Belgium.

Halftime: East 29, West 22. Tucker still has 12, unofficially.

The 1A/2A girls game is under way. After one quarter, the West leads 15-12 behind Korty Tucker‘s (Hickory Flat) 12 points. I’ll post periodic updates. I’m sitting up here with Adam Gore, who’s broadcasting live, I believe.



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5 responses to “NEMBCA Hoops at ICC

  1. badwaterboy

    I guess it looks better to say an Oxford player got the steal, but actually #7 Nelms from Kossuth stole it and tapped it to him.

  2. I saw it pretty clearly, and I didn’t see Nelms tap it. My bad, I guess. Why it would “look better” to say an Oxford player stole it is beyond me.

  3. badwaterboy

    I guess it is just that at most of these all-star games the guys or girls with the big names seem to get all the press. The player driving to the goal was guarded by Nelms one on one. Nelms knocked the ball to the kid from Oxford. You guys do the best job in Mississippi of reporting high school sports. Once again thanks for all the great coverage. Oh and those great words I have learned to hate, I have the video.

  4. Sorry. Had I seen Nelms do that – which I’m not surprised he did, because he played well – I would have mentioned it. Thanks for the compliment.

    I’ve no idea what your last sentence refers to, though.

  5. badwaterboy

    I’m sorry figured you had learned to hate “I have video” as I have. I have umpired for years and you always hate it when someone starts screaming “look at this video” or “I have video”

    Also u guys need to look into expanding routes in Corinth/Alcorn area. Driving 3 miles every mourning to get a journal is getting expensive.

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