Co-Lin Wolves earn first division victory

Published 7:34 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Impressive shooting helped hoist Copiah-Lincoln over the Hinds Bulldogs Tuesday night in a thrilling 99-91 victory.

The win moves the Wolves to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the South Division. Co-Lin returners to the court tonight as the Wolves travel to East Central to take on the Warriors.

“We had several guys step up tonight which was nice to see as a coach,” Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot said. “Our shooting was just outstanding tonight; this was the first game that we’ve really been able to run our offense…it’s a really big win for us.”

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Hinds took an early 4-0 lead over Wolves in the first seconds of action. Co-Lin settled in the following minutes and rattled off several baskets from numerous players to take a 12-point lead just seven minutes into the contest. The Wolves continued to move the ball, crash the boards, and control the tempo of the game heading into the half.

The Bulldogs found a rhythm in the second half and clawed back into contention after a flurry of offense in the opening minutes. The rally gave Hinds a one-point lead with 15:45 remaining in the game. Co-Lin continued to hit vital three-pointers in the final 10 minutes of play as Hinds chipped away at the Wolves lead; never allowing the team to get comfortable. The Wolves finally solidified the win in the final minutes with strong free throw shooting.

Lamarcus Lee, a Baton Rouge native, led the Wolves in scoring with 26 points. The freshman also brought down four rebounds. Anthony Jones, a freshman from Wesson, added an additional 15 points and six rebounds off the bench while Biscuit Floyd poured in 13 points and posted a team high eight assists.

Deangelo West led Hinds with 27 points, while Davonte Brewster netted 15 points.

Co-Lin shot a staggering 59 percent (38-for-65) from the field, 46 percent (11-for-24) from three-point range, and 63 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line. The Wolves brought down 40 rebounds. Hinds shot 44 percent (31-for-71) from the field, 36 percent (9-for-25) from three-point range, and 77 percent (20-for-26) from the foul line. The Bulldogs posted 35 rebounds.

Lady Wolves win seventh straight game

The Lady Wolves continued their winning streak Tuesday night as Co-Lin held off Hinds Community College 57-50.

The MACJC South Division victory moves the Lady Wolves to 10-1 on the season and 3-0 in divisional play. The Lady Wolves are back in action tonight as Co-Lin travels to Decatur to take on the Lady Warriors of East Central. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

“We were tough and physical tonight…not as much as I would have liked, but it won the game for us,” said head coach Gwyn Young. “They played some great defense on us which prevented us from executing, but we made enough big plays to get the win.”

The Lady Wolves only trailed the Lady Bulldogs twice throughout the four-quarter matchup. Hinds grabbed the first basket of the game, and regained the lead one possession later. Though Co-Lin led the remainder of the game, Hinds was always threating. The Lady Wolves lead fluctuated from an 11-point to three, and back to double digits. The constant pressure from the Lady Bulldogs forced the Lady Wolves to focus and play tenacious basketball for all 40 minutes.

Action was not sparse in the South Division matchup as players dove to the floor to chase loose balls, or drove hard to the basket. The Lady Wolves’ hustle and drive allowed Co-Lin to constantly respond the Hinds scores and maintain the narrow lead into the final minutes of play.

Brittany Rose, a freshman from Jackson, and Karry Callahan, a freshman from Vicksburg, led the Lady Wolves in the scoring column with 12 points. Callahan also led Co-Lin in rebounds with six. Tenazhia Hinkson, a sophomore out of Pearl, finished with eight points. Sophomore Princess Cohen rounded out Co-Lin’s top scorers with seven points off the bench.

Twila Hill led Hinds with 12 points, while Ernesha Chatman netted an additional nine points. Isheer Davis led the Lady Bulldogs on the glass with 15 rebounds.

Co-Lin shot 36 percent (21-for-59) from the field, 33 percent (6-for-18) from three-point range, and 64 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line. Co-Lin brought down 44 rebounds. Hinds shot 28 percent (18-for-65) from the field, 14 percent (3-for-21) from three-point range, and 61 percent (11-for-18) from the foul line. The Lady Bulldogs recorded 48 rebounds.