By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Nerves may have cost the Baldwyn High boys basketball team in the first half Friday night, but they weren’t enough to derail the Bearcats from advancing to the MHSAA Class 1A championship game.
The Bearcats (30-4) trailed Loyd Star 22-18 at halftime of the semifinal game at the Mississippi Coliseum, before taking command in the second half to win 57-55 in front of an estimated 2,000 fans at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Baldwyn, shaking off the cold spell, outscored the Hornets 39-33 in the second half.
“We played awfully tight in the first half,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay, “which is uncharacteristic of our team.
“I thought that in the second half we started to feel the urgency, that if we didn’t step up our play that it (the game) was over.”
Marcell Lucas and Devin Lindsey responded to the call in the second half, combining to score 24 points for the Bearcats.
Lucas takes over
Lucas scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the final two quarters, while Lindsey (12 points) had a huge putback to put Baldwyn up 53-50 in the final two minutes.
Ian Burress had 11 points on the night, including two 3-pointers, for the Bearcats, who advanced to Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. championship game.
They will play the winner of this morning’s Hinds AHS-West Bolivar semifinal.
Glenn Thomas led Loyd Star (23-5) with 17 points, while teammates Deandre Butler and Julious Whittker chipped in 15 and 14, respectively.