Wolves outlast Coahoma Tigers

Published 10:04 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves moved to 6-4 on the season Monday night after a 77-66 victory over the Tigers of Coahoma. The home matchup was the Wolves first contest of the spring semester.

Co-Lin is back in action Thursday  at 8 p.m. as Mississippi Gulf Coast travels to Wesson. Watch the game live at www.colinathletics.comor listen at WMJU 104.3 FM in Brookhaven. Fans are asked to wear blue to the contest.

“We attacked the rim tonight… I still don’t think we did a great job of that, but I was proud of our performance,” said head coach Kenny Bizot. “We have got to do a better job of moving the basketball, but we’re young and we have been getting better throughout the season.”

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Much like the women’s game before them, the Wolves took an early lead that the team was able to maintain throughout the game. Vincent Phillips and Lamarcus Lee led the Wolves early as Co-Lin leapt to a 10-point lead in the first six minutes. Late in the half the Wolves were able to take advantage of several Coahoma turnovers to extend the lead to 17. Entering halftime the Tigers had cut the Wolves’ lead to 13.

In the first minutes of the second half Co-Lin went on a quick 8-0 run to extend the lead to 19 points. The Tigers continued to battle as they once again narrowed the advantage to 11. With 11:03 remaining to play, Co-Lin rattled off nine unanswered points to stretch the lead to 20. In the final four minutes of play, the Wolves stalled offensively, but were able to hang on to the victory with impressive defensive play.

Freshman Vincent Phillips finished the game with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds. Lamarcus Lee added an additional 13 points and five rebounds, while Anthony Jones and Darrian Wilson both posted 11 points.

The Wolves finished the night shooting 48 percent (30-for-63) from the field, 28 percent (7-for-25) from beyond the arc, and 63 percent (10-for-16) from the free throw line. The Tigers finished the game shooting 38 (25-for-66) percent from the floor, 17 percent (4-for-23) from three-point range, and 67 percent (12-for-18) from the foul line.

Lady Wolves win big

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves were firing on all cylinders Monday night as they defeated the Lady Tigers of Coahoma Community College 96-42. The dominating performance moves the Lady Wolves to 8-1 on the season.

“We did a great job getting into position tonight,” said head coach Gwyn Young. “We forced over 20 turnovers, and were just hustling and getting to the right spots. The team also shot really well tonight, and created a lot of easy shots.”

Co-Lin played lock down defense throughout the game in Mullen Gymnasium as the Lady Wolves held the Lady Tigers to just 22 points in the first half. The third and fourth quarters proved the same for Coahoma as the Lady Tigers managed just 20 points after shooting a dismal 17 percent.

On the offensive side of the floor, Co-Lin could not miss. The Lady Wolves came out firing and led by 16 after just one quarter of play. The Lady Wolves continued to spread the floor and find the basket in a variety of ways throughout the contest and led by as many as 59 in the final minutes of play.

Several Lady Wolves posted double digits in the scoring column. Freshman Karry Callahan led the team with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds Danisha Davis poured in an additional 14 points and posted seven rebounds. Brittany Rose, a freshman from Jackson, finished the game with 13 points while Diamond Smith added 12 points and a team high nine rebounds. Alexus Holt rounded out the top scorers with 10 points.

Co-Lin shot 51 percent (41-for-80) from the field, 35 percent (7-for-20) from three-point range, and 70 percent (7-for-10) from the foul line. Coahoma finished the night shooting 23 percent (13-for-57) from the floor, 25 percent (6-for-24) from beyond the arc, and 67 percent (10-for-15) from the free throw stripe.