SHANNON – Round 2 of Tupelo vs. Shannon was as intense as Golden Wave basketball coach Grant Pate expected.
And then some.
“We were on the road, in their gym,” he said. “I felt like we were going to have to get after it. Fortunately for us, our kids did.”
Tupelo, thanks to some strong defensive play down the stretch, held off the rallying Red Raiders to escape Shannon gym Tuesday night with a 65-58 victory.
The win gave Tupelo (8-2) its second win this season against the rival Red Raiders (2-5). The Golden Wave won the series opener, 80-64, earlier at THS.
“We knew that this was a rival game,” Pate said. “Shannon played hard, our guys played hard.”
Back-to-back steals by Golden Wave guards Reed Clayton and Deontaye Ewing were the difference in the fourth quarter as Shannon closed the gap to 55-52 on a 3-point play by Javon Green with 4 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.
Clayton took his steal to the hoop for a layup with 4:05 left. Moments later, Ewing pulled off the same play to give Tupelo a 59-52 edge at the 3:43 mark.
“They’re deep. They’ve got a bunch they can run at you,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said of Tupelo’s depth. “I thought our guys played well. It’s a good rivalry. Our guys get up for it.”
Tupelo led 35-31 at halftime after a first half that saw the score tied five times.
The Golden Wave opened the third quarter with an 12-4 run to surge to a 47-35 advantage. Two key reserves – Jeremy Foster and Chaz Jones – opened and closed the spurt with layups. Byrne Marshall also had two field goals in the run.
“They had two runs, but that one in the third quarter, the first five minutes, was big,” Brim said.
Telvin Hadley led Tupelo with 13 points while Devontay Morris added 10. The Golden Wave, which did not record a 3-pointer, had 11 players score.
Shannon had three players with 13 points apiece: Green, Jamar Clifton and Trey Andress.
(G) Tupelo 42, Shannon 32
Amber Jackson fouled out in the third quarter, but Tupelo’s star scored 12 before exiting to lead the Lady Wave.
Tupelo (7-3) also got 10 points from Antoinette Riddle. Asia Rosebud’s 10 paced the Lady Raiders (1-3).
Tupelo held a 20-14 halftime lead and pushed it to 15 points, 33-18 on steal and layup by Aftan Goree late in the third.
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