Co-Lin shaves Bears

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, February 8, 2005

SUMMIT – The Co-Lin Wolves trailed for most of their MACJC SouthDivision matchup with the Southwest Bears Monday night. The endresult would be in favor of the Wolves, as they came from behind todefeat the Bears 67-62 at the Horace C. Holmes Gymnasium, spoilinga Southwest basketball reunion celebration.

Co-Lin improved to 14-6 overall and 8-1 in the South Divisionrace. Southwest fell to 9-8 and 3-6.

Southwest opened the game with forward Nathan Lampkin scoringthe game’s first 6 points, but the Bears trailed 7-6 nearly 5minutes into the game.

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The Bears, coached by Bill Wallace, reclaimed the lead at 8-7 ona basket by freshman Nic Stallings. Southwest proceeded to hold theWolves at bay, taking leads by as many as 7 points. A balancedscoring effort allowed Wallace’s squad to entertain a 31-28 lead atthe intermission.

Co-Lin, under the tutelage of former Southwest coach DennisSims, began to chip away at the deficit. The Wolves realized theirsecond lead of the night on consecutive, old-fashion 3-point playsby Ledell Eackles and Tremaine Enoch; for a 38-35 Wolfpack leadwith 17:30 left in the game.

Southwest responded with a 12-4 run, highlighted a combined8-point effort from sophomore guards Torry Crumedy and Devin Jones.The Bears held a 47-42 advantage with 13:36 left on the clock.

The Wolves wouldn’t give up, taking the lead for good at the2:57 mark of the second half. Sophomore guard Brandon Caston,subbing for an injured Eackles, sacked a pair of free throws togive Co-Lin a 60-58 lead.

Eackles was fouled hard by Southwest on a layup attempt. He camedown on his back, and landed on his right hand. Eackles, a 5-10sophomore from Baton Rouge, didn’t return to the game, as Castonfilled in and made the 2 free throws.

“Ledell has had some problems with his wrist,” said Sims. “Heshould be okay.”

Wolfpack guards Dexter Middleton and Ivory Dishmon would combinefor the final 7 points for Co-Lin. Dishmon, from Clinton, nailed atrey and a pair of free throws, while Middleton hit 2 from thecharity stripe.

“The guys played hard in coming back,” added Sims.

Eackles led all scorers with 23 points. Middleton had 6 reboundsand 6 assists. Caston had a pair of steals and 3 assists. Enoch, a6-5 freshman from Mendenhall, led off the backboards with 9rebounds.

Co-Lin outrebounded Southwest 39-31. The Bears had 15 turnoversto 16 by the Wolves.