McNulty’s layup lifts Panthers over Provine

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven senior guard Lazorian McNulty (2) scores the winning layup in Friday night boys' action at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven senior guard Lazorian McNulty (2) scores the winning layup in Friday night boys’ action at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Lady Rams sneak past Brookhaven

Brookhaven senior guard Lazorian McNulty’s layup with five seconds left helped the undefeated Panthers edge the Provine Rams 65-64 Friday night in Region 3-5A action.

In girls’ action, the Provine Lady Rams escaped with a 46-40 victory over the Lady Panthers.

Brookhaven will resume action Tuesday as the Panthers and the Lady Panthers travel to Vicksburg to battle Warren Central. Action begins at 5 p.m. with a junior varsity contest, followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

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Brookhaven 65, Provine 64

Brookhaven came out hot in the opening quarter to take a 21-11 lead. In the second, the Rams rallied back with a 22-15 run and trailed the Panthers 36-33 at halftime.

In the third, Brookhaven managed to maintain its three-point lead, 51-48, over Provine.

In the final quarter, the Rams outscored the Panthers 16-14 and took a brief 64-63 lead over Brookhaven with 12 seconds left on the clock. But McNulty raced down the court on the following possession and scored the game-winning layup.

“We were definitely facing the giants tonight,” said BHS coach Jimmie Butler. “Provine had the advantage in size, height and they were very athletic. Tonight we wanted to win the game.

“In the first quarter, our outside shooting was the best that I have seen this season,” said Butler. “The second half was all about our defensive effort. Garrick Smith was great on the boards and Darrian Wilson was a very aggressive defender tonight. His blocked shot late in the game and Lazorian McNulty’s determination to get the ball in the basket helped us secure the win. Overall it was a great team effort in front of an awesome crowd.”

Brookhaven had four players to score in double figures as Shon Blackwell, Demarcus Brooks and McNulty led the charge with 16 points each. McNulty also had six rebounds and Blackwell finished with two rebounds and three assists. Garrick Smith chipped in 11 points and was the leader on the boards with eight rebounds. Darrian Wilson, Marte Jones and Darius Bryant finished with two points each.

Chauncey Buckner directed the Rams with 12 points. Enriques Milton, Eddie Galloway and Andre Tien netted 11 points each. Johnny Bingham provided eight points.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Jada Henderson (15) scores two of her team high 14 points over the stretch arm of Provine's Jovan Crowell (2) Friday night.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Jada Henderson (15) scores two of her team high 14 points over the arm of Provine’s Jovan Crowell (2) Friday night.

Lady Rams 46, Lady Panthers 40

Provine led 14-11 after the first quarter and put together a 16-9 run to extend its lead at halftime to 30-20.

The Lady Panthers roared back with a 20-16 run in the final two quarters but could not overcome Provine’s lead.

“We gave ourselves a great opportunity at the end to win the game,” said BHS coach Preston Wilson. “We just made some crucial mistakes at the end that hurt us. Overall, I was very pleased with our effort and we will continue to get better.”

Jada Henderson directed the Lady Panthers with 14 points. Mya Washington chipped in 11 points and had three rebounds. Tamia Stallings contributed six points and had seven rebounds. Asia Byrd netted four points and had five rebounds. Taylor Carter finished with three points. Johnique James had two points. Cheyenne Motley was the leader on the boards for Brookhaven with eight rebounds.

Elexis Peyton powered the Lady Rams with 17 points. Jakia Harper provided 13 points. Jovan Crowell scored nine points.