By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
GLEN – Alcorn Central doesn’t get the attention its Class 3A counterparts get, but maybe the Bears should.
Alcorn Central beat Falkner 61-26 Thursday night in the Peggy Bain Memorial Tournament to improve to 11-3 on the season. It has already opened a few eyes with a win against Corinth last week, its first against the 4A contending Warriors in five years. Big Division 1-3A tests still remain against Booneville and Ripley.
“I think the biggest key for us is one word, team,” Alcorn Central coach Brandon Quinn said. “It’s a group of guys that enjoy playing together. They play hard. They lean on one another.”
Leading scorer John Works scored 14 points Thursday and Jay Moore had 11 points. Moore hit four 3s in the 63-60 win against Corinth.
Moore, Jonathan Lancaster and Preston Cline are three starting seniors. Lancaster exploded his home gym Thursday with a one-handed slam in the first half for a 26-7 lead.
“We’re all team. We don’t have anybody that’s going to throw it up trying to score. We’re all together,” Lancaster said.
Lancaster and Cline made it tough on the Eagles inside. The Bears had three blocks in the first quarter against Falkner.
Richard Green had 12 points to lead Falkner (5-7).
“We didn’t do a lot to help ourselves,” Falkner coach Jake Walker said. “They’re tough inside. They’ve got a little more firepower than we do down there.”
Alcorn Central scored the game’s first 11. Falkner didn’t score until Tray Woody’s two with 3:42 to go in the quarter.
Ben McIntyre found Moore for a 20-2 lead. McIntyre’s 3-pointer over a leaping defender had given his team a 17-2 lead.
Works’ score off a steal made it 30-8 in the second quarter. Chandler Young made a tough inside bucket for a 32-8 lead with 3 minutes left in a quick first half.
“I’m proud we’re where we’re at. We’re in the hunt,” Quinn said. “You talk about Booneville, Ripley and that crew, you’re talking about some very athletic teams. I’m pleased to be where we are.”