By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Tevin Lindsey’s basket from near the free throw line gave Baldwyn a late lead and the Bearcats advanced to their second straight MHSAA Class 2A state title game.
Baldwyn beat Williams-Sullivan 50-45 Friday night at Mississippi Coliseum in a grind-it-out game that was tied with 1 minute, 26 seconds left.
“We need one more and we know we’ve got a great challenge ahead of us,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said.
Baldwyn (30-3) will face the Bassfield-Coahoma AHS winner Thursday for the championship .
After a timeout, Lindsey gave his team the lead and Sullivan’s Kortez Wade missed an open layup.
Martell Brown made 1 of 2 from the line, Wade walked and Duke Upshaw broke free for a lay-in to seal it.
Baldwyn made 7-of-10 free throws and had four players in double figures, led by Lindsey’s 14.
“Anytime a contest comes down to a few points, naturally it’s the little things you do,” McKay said.
Freshman Conner McKay shook his defender at the third-quarter buzzer and sank a floater for a 32-27 lead. His 3 to open the fourth put the Bearcats up eight.
Back-to back scores by Lindsey and Brown put Baldwyn back up by eight with 6 minutes left as it went back-and-forth.
Brown finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Wade led the Yellow Jackets (27-5) with 13 points.
Baldwyn also got 11 from McKay and Upshaw, who had three fouls in the first quarter. Mason Penson took four charges for the Bearcats,
“They’re a very disciplined team, very well-coached and they play the game the right way,” said Williams-Sullivan interim coach Adam Wells.
Baldwyn is in the finals for the third time in four years.
Baldwyn is going for its first title since back-to-back wins in 1986-87 with McKay at the point then.