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Co-Lin loses to Baton Rouge

Photo submitted/Assistant coach Jake Reed addresses the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolfpack prior to tipoff against Baton Rouge Community College at the Southwest Coca-Cola Tournament recently.

Photo submitted/Assistant coach Jake Reed addresses the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolfpack prior to tipoff against Baton Rouge Community College at the Southwest Coca-Cola Tournament recently.

Both teams were finding the basket often at the Southwest Coca-Cola Tournament at Southwest Community College in Summit recently, but the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves still lost to the Baton Rouge Community College Bears, 96-90.

Baton Rouge was on fire in the first half from three-point range, as Tory Ferguson went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. Late in the first half the Wolves trailed by as many as 21.

Co-Lin never faltered as Biscuit Floyd and Carl Terrell put the team on their shoulders and scored a combined 23 points in the half. The duo, both from Gulfport, orchestrated an offensive push in the final minutes of the period to send the Wolves to the locker room down nine, 51-42.

Both teams cooled down from beyond the arc in the second half and drove inside more often to score from under the basket.

The Bears got into foul trouble early in the second half as the Wolves were in the bonus with 13 minutes remaining to play. Co-Lin took advantage of this, and fought their way back into the game with success from the free throw line.

The Wolves narrowed the Bears lead to just four with 9:46 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, Co-Lin was not able to overcome this deficit as the Bears pulled away late in the game to secure the victory.

“If you can ever be proud for team after a loss, it’s now,” said head coach Kenny Bizot. “We fought and battled…hit big shots, and rebounded the ball the extremely well. I’m very encouraged after this game.”

Floyd led the Wolves in both scoring and assists with 21 and six respectively. Both Trae Thompson and Tyrell McArthur finished the afternoon with 14 points and five rebounds, while Terrell netted 11 points and grabbed three rebounds. Anthony Jones and Darrian Wilson both added an additional nine points.

Ferguson led BRCC with 25 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Josh Raoul added another 22 points and seven boards, while David Hardin netted 12 points. Justin Bartie and Denzel Austin round out the Bears leading scorers with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Co-Lin shot 40 percent (27-for-67) from the field, 31 percent (11-for-35) from the three-point line, and an impressive 81 percent (25-for-31) from the foul stripe.

The Bears finished the day shooting a staggering 65 percent (35-for-54) from the field, 55 percent (11-for-20) from beyond the arc, and 60 percent (15-for-25) from the free throw line.

Co-Lin took the court again Saturday, traveling to New Orleans to take on Delgado Community College. The Wolfpack won 88-52, while the Lady Wolves won 51-21.