Brookhaven players see basketball action

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 1, 2002

One of the responsibilities of hosting a summer basketballleague tournament is keeping the visitors satisfied. Brookhavenboys basketball coach Ronald Hines wanted everyone to go home happySaturday so he accommodated South Pike by playing the Eagles in athird game in the sweat-soaked confines of Sinclair Gymnasium.

Impact Sports Academy, based in Jackson, used a collection ofsummer league players from Franklin County and Lawrence County, andwon the invitational tournament Saturday night, beating LawrenceCounty 58-54 in the finals.

Leading Sports Academy was Anthony Wilcher who finished with 22points, including 6 treys. Daren Williams followed Wilcher with 13points and Zach Thomas 9.

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The championship team was coached by Fred Williams and AndrewMitchell. “It was good to win,” said Williams.

Leading Lawrence County was Justin Louis with 16 points andDavid Clark with 12. Justin Middleton added 11 points for CoachEddie Rials.

Brookhaven had beaten Bogue Chitto 71-33 in a Saturday morninggame and then came back strong to beat Warren Central 62-58 in anearly afternoon contest. After a 15-minute break, the Panthersbattled South Pike and lost 68-66.

“My players just ran out of gas,” said Hines. “We were tired,especially after having to play so hard against Warren Central. Wegot to use a lot of players today and that’s what the tournament isall about.

“I got to see four of our football players play. I won’t havethem playing basketball again until November.”

Brookhaven won its pool but the other pool was short twoopponents when Jefferson County and Ridgeland canceled theircommitments. Hines wanted to accommodate South Pike which was alate addition to the second pool.

South Pike 68, Brookhaven 66

Guard Brandon Caston led Brookhaven with 18 points in the lossto South Pike. Jermaine Culver added 11 points and Scott Pickett9.

Brook 62, Warren Central 58

Caston’s 17 points carried the Panthers past Warren Central andformer BHS coach Preston Wilson.

Brook 71, Bogue Chitto 33

Caston had another 17-point performance in the win over BogueChitto.

Brook 54, Sport Acad. 39

Seven points by Middleton, Culver and Rodney Daniels led thePanthers over Sport Academy. Philip Tobias added 6 points.

In other tournament games, Lawrence County beaten Warren Central43-40 and South Pike 51-49 but lost to Sports Academy 55-36. SouthPike beat Warren Central 76-50. Clinton beat Sport Academy 49-44and Bogue Chitto 63-35.. Sports Academy beat Bogue Chitto52-19.

“We had a pretty good turnout,” said Coach Hines. “Thetournament will be even better next summer.”