Indians grab first win in New Albany Thanksgiving tourney

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

NEW ALBANY – After making a playoff run last season, coach Devin Hill’s Itawamba AHS boys’ team is looking to build off of that success.
The Indians fell to a sharpshooting Kossuth team in the season opener two weeks ago but got things on track with a big win over North Pontotoc before falling to a talented New Albany squad in the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament last week.

(11/23) IAHS 70, North Pontotoc 57
The Indians used strong bookend quarters to put an exclamation point on a big 70-57 win over

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Vijay Miller scores on a reverse layup against North Pontotoc during the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament.

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Vijay Miller scores on a reverse layup against North Pontotoc during the New Albany Thanksgiving tournament.

the North Pontotoc Vikings last Monday night.
IAHS raced out to a 20-9 first quarter lead behind 8 points from Vijay Miller and 6 points from Desmond Shumpert and didn’t let up for the rest of the game.
The Vikings had their best effort in the second quarter, scoring 20 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the fast IAHS start and the strong IAHS finish.
The Indians led by 5 points at the end of the third quarter before Russell Bunch almost single-handedly put the game to bed for IAHS.
Bunch scored 11 of his 17 total points in the fourth quarter and helped propel IAHS to the 13-point victory.
Miller was the high-scorer for the game with 21 points, followed by Bunch with 17, Shumpert with 12 and Colbe Hodges with 11.
(11/24) New Albany 90, IAHS 73

 

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS point guard Colbe Hodges kicks the ball out to the perimeter after penetrating the lane and attracting defenders.

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IAHS point guard Colbe Hodges kicks the ball out to the perimeter after penetrating the lane and attracting defenders.

The Indians played admirably on Tuesday night against tournament host and perennial power New Albany before ultimately succumbing to a stout second half performance by the Bulldogs.
IAHS and New Albany were tied at 41 during the halftime break, but the Bulldogs shot out of the blocks in the third and fourth quarters to coast to a 17-point win.
Desmond Shumpert had the hot hand for IAHS, drilling four 3-pointers – three in the first quarter – while doing his best to keep his team toe-to-toe with New Albany.
Shumpert finished with a team-high 24 points, followed by Jake Smith with 16 and Vijay Miller with 11.
The Indians received balanced scoring, getting 6 points each from Austin King, Colbe Hodges and Russell Bunch, and 4 from Sherjuan Standifer.

 

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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