Bay wins battle with SSC 45-40
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 5, 2013, 19:15
The game between the Bay High Tigers and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws at the Brother Peter Memorial Gymnasium on Friday lived up to its billing. The Tigers held on for a 45-40 decision over the Rocks. The teams split the regular season series with each squad winning on the road.
The game gave the fans a little bit of everything – deft outside shooting, monster rebounding, vicious dunks, stifling defense and offensive surges by both teams.
The Tigers (13-9, 7-3) jumped out on the Rocks (14-13, 7-3) in the first period 13-2 behind six points from Justus Williams. But, SSC closed with two consecutive buckets to trim the lead to 13-6 at the end of the period. Jerrod Rigby nailed a jumper and Drake Davis had a steal and slam to end the period for SSC.
Rigby opened the second period with a three-pointer for SSC that cut the lead to 13-9 but the Rocks would only score three more points in the period, all coming from the line. The Tigers continued their sharp shooting with Caleb ladner leading the way with seven points. The Tigers outscored the Rocks 12-6 in the period and held a 25-12 advantage at intermission.
The tides turned somewhat in the third period as the Rocks outscored the Tigers 15-8 and cut the lead to 33-27 by the end of the period. Irby Dossett and Ramone Tate each sank three-pointers to start the period for SSC. Gatlin Fay paced SSC with six points in the frame while Bay High spread their eight points over four different players.
In the final frame, the Rocks mounted a furious rally that saw them take their only lead of the game with 4:44 left to play. Rigby started the period with a three-pointer followed by a basket from Tate that cut the lead to 33-32. Kelton Piernas scored for the Tigers before Tate responded with consecutive three-pointers that gave the Rocks a 38-35 advantage. But, Bay High went on a 10-2 run to make the final score.
Bay High head coach Randy McCrory commented, “We guarded them very well in the first half but in the third quarter Ramone Tate got away from us. This is a big win for us and I am very proud of the guys for the way they continued to fight throughout the game. Our seniors showed some great leadership on the court this week and tonight.”
Justus Williams led Bay High with 14 points followed Kelton Piernas with 11. The Rocks were led by Tate with 14 points while Rigby added 10.
SSC head coach Ricky Stone stated, “We could not throw it in the ocean in the first half. Give Bay High credit, they made their shots tonight. Until the second half, we could not buy one. We gave good effort on the floor but, offensively, we just could not get the shots to fall.”
The Rocks retain the top seed for the Division 8-4A tournament in Greene County next week despite the loss. There was a three-way tie between the Rocks, the Bay High Tigers and the Poplarville Hornets. By virtue of a three-way tie, the tie-breaker goes to performance against the next top opponent which was Forrest County AHS. The Rocks swept the Aggies while the Tigers and the Hornets each split with FCAHS.
The Hancock Hawks were swept in two varsity games by the Gulfport Admirals on Friday evening. The Lady Hawks fell to the Lady Admirals 40-38. In boys’ action, the Hawks (9-16, 2-4) were clipped by the Admirals 57-51. Connor Entriken scored 23 points to pace Hancock followed by Matt Rawls with 16.
The Pass Christian Pirates split a pair of varsity games with Collins on Friday. In the girls’ game, the Lady Pirates (20-6, 12-2) were defeated by Collins 48-44. Aliyah Bell paced Pass Christian with 16 points. In boys’ action, the Pirates (19-7, 12-0) routed Collins 73-44. Dimitri Cook led Pass Christian with 36 points followed by Ashton Haulk with 12 points.
In upcoming action, the Bay High Tigers host the Pass Christian Pirates in the regular season finale for both schools on Friday, February 8th. The Hancock Hawks travel to West Harrison while the Lady Hawks host Presbyterian Christian in the final regular season game for each squad on Friday evening. The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws host Harrison Central on Friday evening to close out the regular season.