Six “Southern Six” boys basketball squads were in action on Saturday in two different one-day events and all six suffered losses.
The St. Martin boys hosted the annual Joe Barlow/Mike Perkins Invitation tip-off event on Saturday.
The affair featured four teams from South Mississippi, including three from the “Southern Six”, in action against a quartet of teams from nearby Mobile County in South Alabama.
In the first game of the day, Williamson High of Mobile nipped D’Iberville 43-40. The Warriors were led by Juan Santiago and Joseph Perry with 11 points apiece, while the Lions got a game-high 12 points from Jonathan Johnson in the winning effort.
In game three, Baker of Mobile knocked off Biloxi 58-47. The Indians got a game-high 15 points from Reggie Conner and nine points from Bryce Hooker. Dashawn Thomas paced the Hornets to the win with 12 points. After traveling to Forrest County AHS Tuesday night, Biloxi faces another Mobile team Friday as the Indians host Davidson.
In the final game of the night, B.C. Rain of Mobile slipped past the host St. Martin team 43-40. The Yellow Jackets got a double-double from sophomore Elias Duncan who tallied 11 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in his first varsity start. Tristan McReynolds posted a game-high 15 points in the win for the Raiders.
In the first game of the day, Theodore, Ala., beat Forrest County AHS 43-30 to begin the four-game sweep by the Alabama schools over their neighbors from South Mississippi.
Yet another trio of “Southern Six” boys squads fared no better on the road in the Jackson area Saturday as Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Harrison Central all dropped games in “The Jump” one-day event.
Terry knocked off Ocean Springs 68-47 as Avery Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds plus six assists for the Bulldogs and Maddox Noblitt registered 15 points to lead The Greyhounds.
Also, Jackson Provine beat Harrison Central 44-36 as the Rams were led by Emajai Horton with 11 points and Aujaylen Barron matched that point total to pace the Red Rebels.
Finally, homestanding Madison Central nipped Pascagoula 52-49. Dylan Rowe poured in a game-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Jaguars, while the Panthers got a balanced effort with Dorian McMillan, Markuese Grady and Chris North all chipping in 12 points apiece and Justin Roque grabbed eight rebounds for PHS while Blake Nettles dished out six assists.
Pascagoula travels to Ocean Springs Thursday.