By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
BALDWYN – When asked about Baldwyn basketball, most observers point to the scoring tandem of Reggie Patterson and Dee Gates.
However, as Baldwyn coach Jason McKay notes, there is much more to his team than Patterson and Gates.
That was proven out in Baldwyn’s 84-54 blowout of Shelby Broad Street in the first game of the Class 2A North Half Tournament.
Baldwyn’s top defenders in Tevin Lindsey, Ian Burress, and DiQuan Agnew helped force Broad Street into 27 turnovers and forced 12 steals to help the Bearcats advance to face Calhoun City tonight at 6 p.m.
“When you talk about DiQuan Agnew and his rebounds and Tevin Lindsey guarding their best player and Ian Burress and the charges he takes, those things are just as big as the points,” McKay said.
Not to take away anything from Patterson and Gates, the duo finished as the top two scorers in the game. Patterson finished with a game high 32 points, including going 100 percent from the charity stripe (13 of 13), while Gates finished a balanced game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.
Baldwyn (27-4), who only trailed only two minutes in the entire contest, held a double-digit lead after every quarter, including 41-21 at halftime.
Clinton Alexander and Waythian Wilson both scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars (20-8).
– Calhoun City 67, Coahoma AHS 61: After giving up 24 points in the second quarter and trailing 37-35 at halftime, Calhoun City (22-10) stepped up its defense and gave up only 7 points in the third quarter in retaking control of the contest.
The Wildcats led by as many as 10 points with 5:16 to go after Dominique Cook’s layup, but spotty free throw shooting opened the door the Tigers (16-11).
Calhoun City turned its free throw shooting around in the final minute, as Demarius Howard hit 4-of-6 free shots to clinch the victory.
Howard led the Wildcats with 28 points, while Demarcus Thomas led Coahoma AHS with 17 points.
– Bruce 60, Williams Sullivan 57: Donta Armstrong hit the go ahead three-point basket with four seconds remaining on the clock to propel the Trojans (18-6) to a semifinal matchup with Ashland.
Devin Tillman and Jarvis Tillman both scored 17 points to lead Bruce.
– Ashland 82, Coahoma County 78: It took two overtimes, but Ashland (19-10) advanced to face Bruce in today’s semifinal action. Coahoma County ended its season 17-8.