By Adam Gore/Special to the Journal
HICKORY FLAT – Baldwyn’s Tevin Lindsey and Hickory Flat’s Anthony Tucker put on a show in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the Class 2A North semifinals on Friday.
The duo combined for 43 points, but Lindsey and the Bearcats were the last team standing as Baldwyn punched its ticket to next week’s state tournament in Jackson with a 51-40 victory over the Rebels.
“It’s a great feeling to know you are going to Jackson,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay. “We want to enjoy this, but we also know that we have to get our minds prepared to win some basketball games down in the state tournament.”
Baldwyn and S.V. Marshall play tonight at 7 for the North title.
The Bearcats (26-4) controlled the boards and held the Rebels (17-13) to eight third-quarter points before methodically putting the game out of reach running their burner offensive to perfection in the final frame.
Lindsey scored 21, Dee Gates 11 and Duke Upshaw added 10 for the Bearcats while Tucker scored a game-high 22 points for the Rebels.
(B) S.V. Marshall 71, Bruce 50: Baldwyn will face a quick, physically and equally aggressive Marshall Tiger squad, which defeated the Trojans in the nightcap.
The Tigers (22-4) opened up a 28-27 halftime lead by outscoring the Trojans 22-7 in the third quarter behind their half-court press and match-up zone defense.
Jamhl Jackson scored a game-high 20 points while Marquios Vance chipped in 16 points for Marshall while Tanerio Wilson, Demarious Weatherall and Raheem Hogan each added 11 points in the victory.
Donta Armstrong and Jarvis Tillman paced the Trojans (20-3) with 11 each.