By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Tevin Lindsey’s job is to make baskets, but on Tuesday night the Baldwyn Bearcats needed his defense.
Lindsey, who connected on six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, forced a turnover that teammate Dee Gates turned into a 3-point play with 13.5 seconds left to lead Baldwyn to an eventual 92-89 overtime win at New Albany.
“Tevin has always had a knack for making that kind of play,” Baldwyn coach Jason McKay said. “Dee reacted to the loose ball and scored.”
McKay’s freshman son, Conner, iced the win with two free throws.
Baldwyn (1-0) led 44-26 at halftime only to see the scrambling, pressuring Bulldogs outscore them 52-34 in the second half of regulation.
“A Brad Gray-coached team is never going to quit,” McKay said. “Our basketball team got content.”
New Albany (1-2) led with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter following a layup by Devon Berry. Lindsey answered to send the game into OT at 78-78 by hitting two of three free throws with 2.6 seconds left.
Harrison Harding scored 25 and Eric Channy 18 for New Albany. Duke Upshaw had 20 and Romaro Crump 18 for Baldwyn.
(G) New Albany 65, Baldwyn 40: Senior forward Jazmine Spears had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs (3-1).
Kelsey Agnew led Baldwyn (0-1) with 15 points. She scored 10 of those in the first half.
“We’ll take it,” New Albany coach John Stroud said. “Baldwyn’s very athletic and is going to win some games in 2A. That was a good win.”
Baldwyn, behind two 3-point plays by Agnew tied the Bulldogs at 13-13 in the first quarter. However, Jaleesa Davis powered a 12-0 second-quarter New Albany run with eight points to help build a 37-21 halftime lead.
Spears, a five-year starter and the Journal’s Player of the Year in 2011, was glad to have some help.
“All I need is somebody who can shoot the ball,” she said. “When I drive, everybody wants to collapse on me.”