By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
CORINTH – On an evening when Corinth honored its seniors, it was a freshman who stole the show in the regular season finale.
Antares Gwyn scored 16 points off the bench and helped Corinth withstand a last-minute comeback attempt by Tupelo to win 68-60 in a matchup of two division champions on Friday night.
“He’s a young kid that’s still got some things to learn as far as defensive positioning, but he’s lengthy, so quick to the ball and anticipates really well,” said Warriors coach Keith Greene. “We think he’s got a tremendous future.”
Corinth big man Raheem Sorrell scored six points in the first quarter, but also picked up two quick fouls.
Gwyn replaced him and made an immediate impact. He scored the first three baskets for the Warriors (21-6) in the second period, two of them after grabbing offensive rebounds.
That became a theme for Gwyn and Corinth, the Daily Journal’s top-ranked team. The Warriors dominated the boards the first three quarters and finished with a 33-22 advantage, including a 16-7 edge in offensive rebounds.
wave keeps fighting
The Golden Wave (17-11) trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half but did not go down quietly.
Five straight steals led to a 7-0 Tupelo run in the middle of the third in a foreshadowing of what happened in the games final two minutes.
Two turnovers and an Alex Foster block helped the Wave score nine points in under 40 seconds. Three-pointers by Isaiah Traylor and Antonio Green trimmed what was a 14-point Corinth lead to 59-54 with 1:02 remaining.
Gwyn, though, ended Tupelo’s momentum after a Warrior timeout by completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.
“We talk about not giving up,” Tupelo coach Jeff Norwood said. “We didn’t do it for 32 minutes, but just playing with that mindset for a half, we still had a chance.”
Sorrell scored 21 points to lead Corinth, while Green’s 16 paced No. 10 Tupelo.
(G) Tupelo 63, Corinth 43: Casey Marshall led the 10th-ranked Lady Wave (19-9) with 18 points, while Jaynesia Johnson scored 14 for Corinth (10-14).