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The Itawamba Community College men’s basketball team has navigated it way through North Division play without a loss so far.
Northeast will get its shot tonight, with the Tigers and Indians tipping at 8 p.m. in Fulton.
“Each night out, it’s going to be tougher,” Indians coach Grant Pate said. “It would be nice if this was the end of the season, but we’re fortunate to be leading the league. The guys have played extremely hard, and have played for each other.”
Two sophomores, John-athan McGee and Alex Anderson, are propelling the Indians. Anderson, from Memphis, leads the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game, with McGee, from Jackson (14.4), is second.
McGee was just named the player of the week in the state.
“Those two guys, along with Tory Rice (Starkville) have led us,” Pate said. “This is a rivalry game, and there’s a lot of focus because of that.”
Northeast (4-13, 1-5) enters the contest off its first division win Monday over Mississippi Delta.
Freshman Dimario Jackson from Louisiana leads the Tigers in scoring (13.6).
“The second time around, we’ll be more familiar with each other,” Pate said. “Preparation means that much more now.”
ICC won the Dec. 5 meeting between the two schools, 81-60.
The Lady Indians and Lady Tigers tip off at 6 p.m., with Itawamba (9-8, 5-1) tied for first in the North.
ICC is led in scoring by freshman Jayla Chills (12.9) of Ripley.
Northeast (6-11, 1-5) has suffered through major injury troubles. Freshman Aushiana Ivy leads the team in scoring (13.8).
ICC won the previous meeting, 68-59.