Co-Lin men 3-0 in South; Lady Wolves fall to E. Central
DECATUR — Directed by guard Trent Hutchin and center GregTruvillion, the Co-Lin Wolfpack remained unbeaten in the SouthDivision race, with an 81-70 Monday night win over East CentralCommunity College. Hutchin tossed in 20 points and Truvillion 18 asthe Wolves raised their record to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in theSouth.
In the women’s game, No. 13-ranked East Central held off Co-Lin60-59, The Lady Wolves missed a pair of game-winning field goalattempts in the final 7 seconds.
Co-Lin continues South Division play Thursday night, hostingMeridian Community College for a twinbill, starting at 6 p.m. inMullen Gymnasium.
In other South men’s games last night, Pearl River edgedSouthwest 59-56, and Jones County clipped Meridian 62-61.
In South women’s action, Meridian beat Jones County 83-77, andPearl River dumped Southwest 76-63.
The Wolves, down 34-33 at halftime, watchedHutchin break loose for all 20 of his points in the second half.Guards Julius Blanks and Anthony Wilcher joined Hutchin andTruvillion in double digits with 14 and 12 points respectively.
“At times we played well on the offensive end of the floor,”said Co-Lin men’s coach Dennis Sims. “Offensively, we were able towork the ball inside against East Central. Our press got us someeasy baskets.”
Truvillion directed the boardwork with 9 rebounds and chipped in6 assists.
Blanks and Wilcher both had season-high offensive effortsagainst the Warriors. Sophomore guard Corey London played one ofhis better games, providing the Wolves with 8 assists and severalbig defensive plays, according to Sims.
Co-Lin shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field and made 19 of27 free throws, including 18 in the second half.
East Central (6-8) got 14 points each from Josh Luckett andMarquis Wilson. Wilson also grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Lady Wolves (10-3, 1-2) were unable tosecure the win after blowing a 9-point, second-half lead. They gota game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore forward AlishaMason.
Sophomore center Kristin Ellis followed Mason with 11 points and7 rebounds.
“We had a good effort but we had too many unforced turnovers,especially at the end of the game,” said Co-Lin women’s coach GwynYoung. “We also had some good effort on defense but we took badshots and threw the ball away.”
Shalenia Wilcher had 4 assists in the loss.
East Central (12-1, 3-0) was fresh from a 79-76 win overMeridian. The Lady Warriors were led by Rashina Jenkins with 16points and Tenesha Brown with 11. Chotsani Henderson led therebounding effort with 8 boards.
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