Sports briefs 2/07/18

ECCC basketball falls in road games at Southwest

The East Central Community College Warriors took Southwest Mississippi into overtime in an attempt to put an end to a five-game losing streak but came up short in a heartbreaking 92-88 loss to the Bears Thursday. The ECCC Lady Warriors fell 70-55 to the Southwest Lady Bears in the first game of the night.

In the men’s action, the MACJC South Division opponents were tied 79-79 after 40 minutes of play forcing the overtime period. Southwest went on a 10-2 run to open the overtime and grab control of the game.

Southwest went to the free throw line 20 more times than the Warriors in the contest.

East Central had five players in double figures, led by Thurston McCarty with 20.

The Warriors now stand 8-9 overall and 2-6 in division play. The Southwest Bears improved to 13-4 and 4-4 in the league.

Autumn Taylor of Newton chipped in 12 points and seven assists in the women’s action. It was the fourth straight loss for the Lady Warriors. East Central’s record fell to 9-7 overall and 2-5 in the MACJC South Division. The Southwest Lady Bears improved to 14-3 overall and 5-3 in the league.

ECCC basketball teams drop home doubleheader to Hinds

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams continued to struggle in the new year, dropping a pair of MACJC South Division contests to visiting Hinds Community College on Monday evening, Jan. 29.

The Hinds Lady Bulldogs took a hard-earned 73-68 win over the East Central Lady Warriors in the first game of the night in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

The Lady Warriors had only six players available for the game due to several suspensions for leaving the bench in a game at Jones County Junior College Jan. 25. ECCC will only have six players available for its next game as well.

Autumn Taylor of Newton had 15 points, to go with 10 rebounds and six assists.

In the men’s action, the Warriors dropped an 81-72 decision to the Hinds Bulldogs. The difference in the game was at the charity stripe, where Hinds managed 20 of 29 free throws to just 8 of 12 for East Central.

Roti Ware paced the Warriors with 21 points. Jaquan Dotson and Thurston McCarty each had 15, while Cameron Diggs added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the fifth straight loss for East Central. The Warriors now stand 8-8 overall and 2-5 in division play. The Hinds Bulldogs are 6-8 and 3-4.

The East Central teams hit the road again Thursday, Feb. 1, when they travel to Summit to face Southwest Mississippi Community College at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors return home on Monday, Feb. 5, to host Meridian Community College at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

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