Tigers, Lady Tigers find tough road to Little Rock

Northeast Mississippi Community College’s men and women’s basketball teams found the road unkind in their longest combined road trip of the year as the Tigers and Lady Tigers traveled to Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, January 30.
First-year Lady Tiger head coach Brian Alexander saw his Lady Tigers come up on the short end 69-66 decision while the Buffaloes handed the Tigers just their fourth loss of the year 92-82.
Earlier in the year, both Northeast squads swept Arkansas Baptist at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on November 7 with the Lady Tigers taking a 90-82 decision and David Robbins’ Tigers hitting the century mark in a 100-97 win over the Buffaloes.
In the opener, Northeast continued to be a scrappy team leading Arkansas Baptist 31-24 at the break before seeing the Lady Buffaloes rally for the three-point win with a 45-35 advantage in the second half.
At the break, Northeast was led by India Howard (Ripley) who clocked in an even dozen for the Lady Tigers as Northeast held a seven-point advantage.
In the second half, Kebrina Lucas (New Albany) and Amber Jackson (Tupelo) came on late to lead Northeast in scoring.
Lucas finished with 16 points – an even eight points in each half while Jackson tallied nine points in the final 20 minutes to finish with 13 markers on the night. Howard finished the night with 12 while Anna Brooke Page (Belmont) was the fourth Lady Tiger in double digits with 11.
In a game that featured 65 combined free throw attempts, Northeast put up a fight at the charity stripe connecting on 26-of-29 while Arkansas Baptist was just 23-of-36 from the line and the Lady Tiger defense held the Lady Buffaloes to an 0-for-10 showing from beyond the arc.
Northeast, which has seen seven of its losses come by a combined 27 points with all of those seven coming by eight points or less, will be back in action on Thursday, February 2 as the Lady Tigers host the Lady Rangers from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Tip is at 5:30 p.m.
In the nightcap, the Tigers ran into a pair of prolific freshman scorers.
Michael Howard, a freshman from Lonoke (Ark.) High School and Ladon Carter, a redshirt freshman from Baton Rouge Community College, combined for 62 points in the Buffaloes 92-82 decision.
In the Tigers and Buffaloes’ earlier meeting on November 7, Howard and Cater were the driving force that kept the Buffaloes in the game against Northeast with Carter tallying 33 points while Howard clocked in 29 markers.
Monday night’s matchup saw a reversal of roles with Howard tallying 35 points and Young marking off 27 points in the 10-point decision.
However, Northeast made a game out of it in the second half – trailing 47-40 at the break, the Tigers managed to stay with the Buffaloes down the stretch.
With each Tiger that logged minutes tallying in the contest, Marcell Lucas (Baldwyn) led Northeast with 14 points.
LavonHooks (Atlanta) continued to be a force inside for the Tigers as the former Northeast football defensive lineman tallied a baker’s dozen (13) and Tadarious Coburn (New Albany) finished with an even 10 points on the night.