FULTON — Aberdeen opened this Itawamba Community College Men’s Basketball Team Camp game against Pontotoc, played at the Davis Event Center on the campus of ICC, by gaining control of the opening tip and slamming it through the hoop.
After Warrior senior Josh Green bottomed out a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 8-8 with just under two minutes remaining in the first period, the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to take a 16-8 lead going into the second quarter.
“We beat that team yesterday over here, and we just dug ourselves a big hole early today,” Warrior head coach Jon Ginn explained after falling 40-37 to the same team on Friday afternoon.
“I told the team that we didn’t do a good job of rebounding the basketball. They hurt us on the boards and their press gave us trouble in the first half.
“After we settled in to that, we were ok.”
The other five Pontotoc points of the first period were scored by junior Randall Crayton.
In the second quarter, Aberdeen outscored Pontotoc 8-5 and held an 11-point, 24-13 lead at the break.
Green stuck one in from underneath, Crayton hit a layup and junior Brian Fisher hit one from the free throw line.
The second half
PHS could not get a lot of offense rolling in the first half, but still made a game of it in the third.
“We missed some shots, like we did yesterday, that we would normally hit,” Coach Ginn said.
“It’s summer and this is not the time of year that you are going to be hitting all your shots. You want to be hitting them all the time, but at this time of the year you’re just trying to get better and see who’s going to do what for you.”
After Warrior senior Andrew Bell made it a 24-16 game with an old fashioned 3-pointer — a lay up and a free shot — Rashad Dixon grabbed a rebound and putback.
But in the meanwhile, the Bulldogs had added another six points to make it 30-18 with just under three minutes showing on the third period clock.
Then the Warriors turned it up a knotch with a nine-point run ending with two points from the charity stripe by Fisher to pull Pontotoc to within three at 30-27, Aberdeen.
“We came back in the third quarter and burned a lot of energy trying to get back into it and just never could get over the hump,” Ginn said.
Green popped a 3-pointer and Dixon hit a little leaner underneath to put Pontotoc up 32-30 for the first time in the game.
Bell hit another layup to top-out the PHS run at 18-0. Then, after another Bulldog two points off the glass, Green hit one from the foul line to make it 35-32 with about three and one half minutes left it the game.
Aberdeen then hit two free throws, stole a backcourt pass and took the lead at 36-35 with about 30 seconds left.
Pontotoc’s Fisher managed another layup, but the Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 4-2 down the stretch to take the 40-37 win.
Ginn’s charges won six of nine at the summer league games held in June at the PHS gym.
“We’ve played 31 games overall in team camps and other summer leagues and this will be our last game here (Corinth) that we are about to play.”
The Warriors were 3-1 at the ICC camp after the 40-37 loss to Aberdeen, making their summer record 23-8, so far.
“It’s been a good summer,” Coach Ginn declared.
“We’ve played some really good competition. That’s the whole thing, you know. We’re trying to get a little bit better.”
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