By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
PELHAM, Ala. – Daniel Grieves found his zone and lifted Mississippi to an 85-74 win Friday night in the annual Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game at the Pelham Civic Complex.
The St. Stanislaus product scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, when he hit six shots in a row, including four 3-pointers, to lead a rally from seven points down.
For the game, Grieves made 8 of 13 shots, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and earned team MVP honors.
His 3-ball with 9 minutes, 50 seconds left gave Mississippi a 64-62 edge, and Alabama could never regain the lead.
“Give me one second, give me any kind of space, and the ball’s going up, and it’s going in once I get in that zone,” said Grieves, who is bound for the Air Force Academy.
It looked early on like Meridian’s Rodney Hood, a Mississippi State signee, might take home the MVP trophy. He scored 16 points of his 18 points in the first half but cooled off in the second. He made 7 of 21 shots for the game and had six rebounds.
Another MSU signee, point guard Deville Smith, added 15 points and made 7 of 11 free throws. His quickness gave the Alabama defenders trouble most of the night.
Vicksburg’s Mychal Ammons added 11 points and nine rebounds for Mississippi.
Alabama was led by Charles Eaton’s 16 points, while team MVP Ricky Tarrant scored 15. After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Alabama fell off to 27 percent in the second half.
Mississippi won for the second consecutive year and leads the series 11-10.
Mississippi girls win
– Behind MSU signee Kendra Grant, Mississippi’s girls won 73-60 to claim a second consecutive win in the series, which Alabama now leads 11-10.
Grant, of Richland, had 14 points and five rebounds. Her 3-pointer gave Mississippi a 50-47 lead it would not relinquish and sparked an 8-0 run.
Alabama’s MVP was Ole Miss signee Monique Jackson. She notched 17 points and 12 boards, making 7 of 12 shots.
Three players from Northeast Mississippi were in the game. West Point’s Kelsei Ewings had nine points; Pontotoc’s Rhandi Ball had four points and four rebounds; and H.W. Byers’ Kourtney Coleman scored two points.
Alabama led 30-25 at halftime
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