Newton boys win, eye rematch with Neshoba Central Rockets
By By Jamie Sullivan and Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Nov. 27, 2001
DECATUR The Newton High School boys opened their trip through the East Central Mississippi Classic in fine fashion on Monday night with a 78-60 win over Sebastopol.
The Tigers rallied around Bobby Lindsey, as he propelled the Tiger offense with 18 points.
The Tigers will play Neshoba Central in the next round of the tournament. This will be the second time this year these two teams have met. Neshoba Central embarrassed Newton in the first meeting, 108-33.
Neshoba Central defeated Nanih Wayia to remain in the winners' bracket, and an opportunity to face the full Newton squad.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Lindsey with 18, Keon Johnson with 14, and Coshune Bingham added 10.
In other tournament action, Philadelphia embarrassed Lake 63-29. The Tornadoes will advance to play West Lauderdale on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
The Tornadoes' had a break-out second quarter, which propelled them to the win. Philadelphia outscored Lake 17-8 in the second quarter, to sport a 26-15 halftime lead.
Philadelphia tacked on 37 more points in the second half, to secure a place in the winners' bracket for its game against West Lauderdale on Wednesday night.
The Tornadoes were led in scoring by Tellas Burnside with 18, and Diego Gill added 12. Lake was led in scoring by Danny Towner with 10.
Union will tangle with Morton, and South Leake and Carthage will tip off tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the old gym at ECCC.
Neshoba Central 93
Nanih Waiya 43
The Rockets jumped out to a 44-21 halftime lead in thumping Nanih Waiya in first-round action.
Tavares Walker had 15 points and Desmond Jones tossed in 13 over the first two periods.
Walker finished with 24 as Neshoba improved to 4-2. Antonio Cole added 17 with 15 coming in the second half. Jones tossed in 15 with Calvin Parker and Tawon Walker both adding eight.
Nanih Waiya, 2-2, got 11 points apiece from Brent Blackwell and Jeremiah Eichelberger and five each from Kevin Gregory and Brandon Walker.
The Rockets advance to a 5:30 Wednesday afternoon meeting with Newton. Nanih Waiya meets Scott Central tonight at 8:30 in an elimination game.
West Lauderdale 71
Scott Central 42
West scored the game's first eight points in beating the Rebels, who were 1-21 last year.
The Knights led 27-10 after one period and took a 51-19 advantage into halftime behind 20 points from Calvin Moore and 12 from Boo Ramsey.
Moore led West, 6-1, with 22 points, while Ramsey finished with 12. Andre Adams scored 10, Scott Grady had seven, and Karlos Lewis, Lee Mason, and Rayshun Hopson had six apiece.
Scott Central, 0-3, was led by Roderick Loper's 17 points. Courtney McClendon added six.
West returns to action Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. against Philadelphia. Scott Central faces Nanih Waiya in an elimination contest tonight at 8:30.