By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Laderick Bronson’s putback tied the score at 48 with 4 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Bronson and Byhalia, however, would never capture the lead in the second half of Tuesday’s night’s North Mississippi 4A tournament first-round game against Shannon.
The Red Raiders, behind back-to-back 3-pointers from Javon Green and Lakee Westbrook, answered the Indians’ charge and directed the home team to an eventual 84-73 victory.
“We knew we had to step it up,” said Green, who scored eight of his 19 points in the second half. “Those 3s got us going. We came out with a lot of intensity the second half.”
Westbrook, a sophomore, scored 13 of his team-high 22 points in the second half for the Red Raiders.
Shannon (17-13) advanced to play Amanda Elzy on Thursday in the tournament’s quarterfinals at New Albany.
Byhalia (13-14), which saw its season end, was led by Bronson with 26 points, Kenyatta Jones with 22 and Jamison Euell with 19.
“We didn’t play our best defense,” Byhalia coach Donald Bryant said. “Offensively, we didn’t finish our shots at times. Give Shannon props, they played good man-to-man defense.”
The teams battled point for point throughout the first half, with Shannon putting together a strong close on a 3-pointer by Gary Copeland and a 3-point play by Westbrook to take a 40-36 halftime lead.
Shannon took a 58-53 lead into the fourth quarter. The Indians got no closer that 62-59 on a jumper by Jones.
“Byhalia’s got a pretty good team; they’ve got some athletes who can play,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said. “We played man to put pressure on them. They adjusted to it well.
“We didn’t get the offensive rebounds early and that hurt us. We’ve got to do a better job boxing out.”
Green knows the Red Raiders will see a lot of board work the remainder of the this week in practice.
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