Bulldogs assert themselves

basketball_icon_greenBy Melissa Meador

Monroe Journal

COLUMBUS – It took Aberdeen two minutes to make a field goal in the Division 4-3A tournament boys’ championship game on Friday night.

They wouldn’t go that long without one for the rest of their 90-70 win over Kemper County.

“This is my third year at Aberdeen, and we’ve won our division all three years,” said Cornelius Gilleylen, in his first year as the Bulldogs’ head coach after two years as an assistant. “I told them to treat it like a rivalry game, and to always expect the unexpected in a championship game.”

Aberdeen (22-7) rattled off a 8-0 run in the first quarter for their first double-digit lead of the game and led 50-33 at the half.

The Wildcats were only able to pull to within 15 three different times in the second half, and back-to-back baskets from Trent Davis stretched the lead out to 20-plus in the third.

Nick Simms scored 21 points to lead Aberdeen, nine of those from beyond the arc, while Marcus Carouthers notched 18 points. Tylan McMillian, whose fourth-quarter dunk midway through the fourth gave Aberdeen a 16-point lead, scored 15, and Derrell Carouthers banked 11 points.

A win at home on Tuesday over Humphreys County in the first round of the North playoffs means the Bulldogs would host the North tournament next week.

“We take it one game at a time,” Gilleylen said. “Humphreys County is a good team, came into this week a No. 1 seed, and they’ve got a couple of big guys.”

(B) Nettleton 66, Winona 49: Chris Long scored 24 points to lead Nettleton, which turned a one-point halftime lead into a double-digit one in the third one, in the win in the boys’ consolation game. Drae Smith and Armond Smith scored 12 points each for the Tigers.

(G) Nettleton 53, Kemper County 45: Nettleton, the regular season No. 1 seed, overcame an eight-point deficit in the third quarter to grab the consolation victory. Jayla Jones scored 18 points in the win, while Corian Whitfield had 14 and Jabria Pounds added 11 points.

melissa.meador@journalinc.com