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Co-Lin hammers Southwest 82-65

WESSON — Charles Lewis, Christian Marshall, Greg Truvillion andCorey London scored in double figures Thursday night to power theCo-Lin Wolves to an 82-65 South Division win over the SouthwestBears in Mullen Gymnasium.

Lewis, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Jackson, led the Wolves with18 points (including 2 treys) and 5 assists. Lewis and Marshallboth played at Wingfield.

“In his third game, Charles Lewis scored 18 points and had 5assists,” said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims after the win.”Defensively, he has helped us tremendously.”

Marshall, a 6-10 sophomore center, scored 16 points, grabbed 6rebounds and blocked 2 shots for the Wolves. Truvillion, a 6-8sophomore forward from Lansing, Mich., followed with 14 points, 8rebounds and 4 assists. London, a 6-1 freshman guard from Irondale,Ala., finished with 12 points and 5 assists.

The Wolves improved to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the South.Southwest fell to 0-2 in the South and 6-7 on the season.

Co-Lin entertains East Central Monday night, beginning at 6 p.m.with the women’s game followed by the men.

Before the start of the men’s game, Wesson seventh grader JordanNettles sang the National Anthem and received a loud applause whenshe finished.

The Wolves and the Bears battled back-and-forth in the firsthalf with Co-Lin taking a field goal from Anthony Wilcher with 1:11gave the hosts a 3-point, 37-34, lead. Southwest came back with abig pair of free throws from Willie Moore with 22 seconds left tocut the deficit to 37-36 at halftime.

Southwest tied the game at 42-all with 17:34 left to play forthe final time in the game. Wesley Brown’s field goal sparked a12-2 scoring run by Co-Lin that gave them a 54-44 cushion with12:25 left to play.

The Bears cut the deficit to 6 points, 67-61, with 6:35remaining. Co-Lin freshman guard Julius Blanks hit a trey for a70-61 lead. Marshall nailed a pair of free throws at the 4:40 markto push the hosts lead to 72-61.

Co-Lin got some defensive rebounds and took advantage of severalSouthwest turnovers down the stretch to build its lead and securethe victory.

“We did a good job handling something different (Southwestdefense),” said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims. “Coach (Bill)Wallace had them (Bears) doing some zone traps and full-courtpressure. We were patient.”

“We played much better defense in the second half,” addedSims.

Southwest was led by sophomore forward Brandon Bryant (6-7, 210)with 19 points. Bryant is from Rochester, N.Y. Thomas Ricardfinished with 9 points.