Bulldogs fall on Wednesday at the Hump

STARKVILLE – In their first game of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk Classic, Aberdeen fell to Hamilton High School from Memphis in a 72-61 loss.
Jakeese Walker and Marcus Carothers scored the first four points of the game to give Aberdeen a quick 4-0 lead thirty seconds into the game. Hamilton’s Dedric Lawson nailed a three-pointer that was followed by Crishun Brown’s basket to shift the lead to Hamilton at 5-4 a minute later.
Dominique Williams scored to cut the lead to 6-5 before Hamilton scored the next six points to give them an 11-6 lead with three minutes left in the quarter. Kenric McCoy scored for Aberdeen before Lawson put in his second three of the quarter to widen Hamilton’s lead at 14-8.
Brandon Hodges rebounded a missed Aberdeen shot and put it in for an old-fashioned three, and the momentum shifted in the last 2:30 of the quarter.
Nick Sims put in a basket before Aaron McMillian stole the ball and passed off to Marcus Carothers who put it in for two more. After Hamilton free throws, Sims put in another two to give the Bulldogs a one-point lead. After Tyren Collier made another basket for Hamilton, Dominique Williams rebounded and put it two-point shot to get the lead back. McCoy stole the ball and put it in to give Aberdeen a 21-18 lead with 22 seconds to go, but Christopher Birse closed the gap with a buzzer beater to make it 21-20 at the end of the quarter.
Hamilton scored first and added a free throw to get the lead before Aaron McMillian put in a three-pointer to take the lead again, and Jakeese Walker added another two for a three-point Bulldogs lead.
Hamilton added an old-fashioned three to tie up the game, and Romero Hill’s two free throws gave them the lead again.
Sammie Burroughs stole the ball and passed it off to Marcus Carothers who dunked it at the one-minute mark. Tomyze Buchanan scored next to narrow the score to 32-31 before Lawson put in the last basket of the half to give the Wildcats a 34-31 halftime lead.
Each team scored sixteen points in the third quarter, and Aberdeen only led one time during that exchange. At the end of a ten-point run, Aberdeen led 45-44, but Collier scored the next four points to retake the lead, and the Bulldogs never regained it.
Hamilton outscored Aberdeen 22-14 in the fourth quarter. De’monte Pearson made 11 of the Wildcats’ points. Hamilton made 9 of  their 16 free throws in the quarter while the Bulldogs made 3 of their 9 free shots.
McCoy was high point man on the day with 14 and also added four steals and three rebounds. Brandon Hodges had 10 points, two steals, five rebounds and a block. Marcus Carothers had 9 points, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, a block, and an assist.