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Delgado overpowers Wolves

WESSON – It was another bump in the road Tuesday night as theCo-Lin Wolves continued their rebuilding campaign. High-poweredDelgado Community College of New Orleans overpowered the Wolves91-80 in Mullen Gymnasium, handing Co-Lin its eighth loss in 11games.

Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims said, “We are not an athleticteam this year. Delgado always has some good athletes and they havebeaten some ranked teams, including Okaloosa (Fla.).”

Delgado (13-3), coached by Tommy Smith, placed 4 players indouble figures, led by guard Sam Martin with 19 points andtemperamental forward Greg Brown with 18. On the backboards, theDolphins boasted a towering front line of 6-10 Phillip Freeman, 6-8Dwight Wilkins, 6-8 Joe Hickingbottom and 6-7 Eric Mercier.

Co-Lin (3-8, 0-1), by comparison, didn’t have a player on thefloor taller than 6-5 freshman Jason Scott who finished with 18points. Freshman Jereimie Collier added 14 points and sophomoreplaymaker Bruce Smith 13 points plus 5 assists. B.J. Black, a 6-5sophomore post, added 11 points.

Quentin Christian, Co-Lin’s 6-8 sophomore center, is temporarilysuspended for breaking team rules. Freshman guard Matt Fitzsimmonsof Brookhaven and sophomore guard Pat Bridges of Monticello haveleft the team.

“We had some good things going on offense in the first 14-15minutes of the first half,” said Sims. Co-Lin led Delgado by asmuch as 7 points, 28-21, before the Dolphins caught fire.

With 4:19 left in the first half, Delgado took its first lead at36-34 on a pair of free throws by Brown. The Dolphins expanded thebulge to 7 points, 41-34, on Johnathan Clayton’s trey.

Delgado outrebounded Co-Lin 41-22 in final stats. The Dolphinsoutscored the hosts 13-zip in the opening 4 minutes of the secondhalf and led 64-42.