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Gowerful Gulf Coast hands Co-Lin first South setback

WESSON — Powered by Henry Salter’s 18 points and 10 rebounds,the Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs pinned a 61-52 Mondaynight loss on the Co-Lin Wolves in Mullen Gymnasium. Salter hadplenty of help as Ronald Douglas and Hugh Quinlivan added 12 pointseach in Mullen Gymnasium.

The road victory gained Gulf Coast (11-5, 4-1) a deadlock withCo-Lin (11-4, 4-1) and Hinds on the South Division’s top rung.

Salter, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Gulfport, originally signedwith Southern Miss but withdrew from the school. He showcased hisAll-American skills last night as the Bulldogs dominated the insidegame.

Douglas, a muscular, 6-9 athlete who plays basketball withpassion, had several big rebounds and blocked shots. The BatonRouge product produced several 2-handed slam dunks off rebounds,intimidating the Wolves in the process.

Quinlivan, a 6-7 freshman from Newman, New Zealand, scored allof his points in the second half. His back-to-back treys cooled aCo-Lin comeback. A baseline drive by Co-Lin’s Corey London hadpulled the Wolves within 42-41 before Quinlivan connected.

Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said the road win over Co-Linwas important. “It’s worth a million dollars right at thisminute.

“Every team in his league can beat you if you’re not ready toplay,” Weathers added. “We had to be strong on defense and rebound.We fumbled the ball a lot in the first half.”

Weathers praised the performance by Douglas. “He’s the heart andsoul of our defense. He does a good job on the boards everynight.”

Salter, a southpaw, is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds pergame. His trey pushed the Bulldogs ahead 38-35 with 11:29 left toplay. Co-Lin never regained the lead.

Co-Lin coach Dennis Sims said his team was intimidated byDouglas. “No. 44 altered some of our shots and blocked someothers.”

Christian Marshall, Co-Lin’s 6-10 sophomore center was limitedto 1 point, 13 below his average. Greg Truvillion, Co-Lin’s leadingscorer at 18 points per game, was held to 11 and fouled out with 5seconds left to play.

“To beat Gulf Coast, we must shoot much better,” said Sims.After Truvillion converted a 3-point play which cut Co-Lin’sdeficit to 54-50 with 3:21 left, the Wolves missed a series oftreys.

London, a freshman from Irondale, Ala., led Co-Lin and allscorers with 21 points. He and teammate Charles Lewis each sank 2treys in the loss.

Co-Lin plays Hinds Community College at the Utica campusThursday night, starting with the women’s game at 6 p.m.