Second half carries Vols past LA
By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Dec. 30, 2001
Starkville Academy outscored Leake Academy 55-25 in the second half to win the boys' championship in the fifth-annual MPSA Central Mississippi Classic at East Central Community College 86-69 Saturday night.
Washington School won the boys' third-place game with Winston Academy capturing the fifth-place contest.
For a half, everything looked good for Leake as the Rebels carried a 13-point lead into halftime over the No. 5 team in the state.
Behind 14 points from Drew Wolverton, 11 from Luke Culpepper, and six each from Justin Chancellor and Jay Gulley, the Rebels took a 44-31 lead into intermission in the battle of 13-1 teams.
The Vols came out hot in the second half despite losing Casey Woods and Jay Cook to fouls with 2:36 still left in the third period. Leake led 50-43 at the time.
Starkville closed to within 55-52 to start the fourth quarter.
The Vols took the lead for good at 65-62 on a 3-pointer from Andrew Pylate with 4:32 remaining. Parker Mullins hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play as Starkville took a 75-67 lead with 2:08 left.
Mullins lead the Vols, 14-1, with 25 points. Tournament MVP Ed Phillips and Pylate both had 18 with Joby Garner tossing in 16.
Wolverton finished with 17 points to lead Leake, 13-2. Culpepper scored 13, Allen Byrd had 12, Trey Langston added 11, Chancellor tossed in 10, and Gulley finished with six.
University Christian 41
The Generals outscored the Flames 33-24 in the second half to win the third-place game. The contest was even at 17-17 at halftime.
Washington, 10-3, got 14 points from Garland Burton, 13 from Will Dottley, and 12 from Collin Tackett.
UCS, 11-5, got 10 points from Glenn Ulrich, nine from Sully Clemmer, and eight each from Joel Rule and Jordan Wagner.
Jonathan Stevens hit six 3-pointers and went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line to lead the Patriots to the win in the fifth-place game. Stevens finished with 24 points.
Winston led 14-9 after one quarter and was still up by five (28-23) at halftime. The Patriots used a 17-8 advantage in the third quarter to take a 45-31 lead.
Winston, 12-2, also got 12 points from Blake Fulton and 10 from Caleb Metts.
Newton County Academy, 6-9, got 15 points from Jonathan Moore, 11 from Bud Loper, nine from Wil Bean, and seven from Donovan Cooksey.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at email@example.com or call him at 693-1551, ext. 3235.