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Whitley scores 20; Wolves whip Northeast 87-67

WESSON -Barry Whitley is one of three veteran guards on theCo-Lin men’s basketball team. Whitley displayed his experienceMonday night, scoring 20 points and making 5 steals, leading theCo-Lin Wolves to an 87-67 trouncing of the Northeast Tigers inMullen Gymnasium.

So far Whitley likes Co-Lin’s team chemistry. “Nobody isselfish. We have a chance to be very good and we could go to thenationals,” in Hutchinson, Kan. “Our returning guards are good andour post people can come through for us.”

Whitley, a 5-10 sophomore from Baton Rouge, La., was followed byfreshman center Quentin Christian who scored 18 points and grabbed11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Marcus Calcote scored 16 points.Sophomore guard Brandon Dickerson pumped in 14 points, including apair of treys.

The Wolves (2-0), ranked No. 14 in the preseason NJCAA poll,beat the defending state and regional champions last night. TheTigers, down 40-27 at halftime, authored a 20-8 run and reducedtheir deficit to 1 point, 48-47, with 12:04 showing.

Co-Lin responded with a 10-0 run as Dickerson nailed 2 treys,Marcus Haynes cashed in a steal with a layup and Calcote netted ajumper. The Wolves led 58-47 with 9:39 left to play. Haynes, asophomore from Monticello, had 5 assists and 7 steals in thevictory.

Coach Dennis Sims was pleased with his team’s effort. “Our guysplayed well defensively. We must improve on our defensiverebounding.

“We had better offensive movement tonight,” said Sims. “Ourtransition game is good. At times we have four guards on thefloor.”

The Wolves expanded their lead to 19 points, 72-53, with 4:09let to play on a pair of free throws by Whitley.

Northeast (0-2), coached by Mike Warren, was fresh from a lossto powerhouse Pensacola, Fla. The Tigers got 16 points from 6-8freshman center Kendrick Alloway of Montgomery, Ala. Robert Ligginsadded 13 points and Trent Adair 12.