By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
NETTLETON – It won’t get any easier and Nettleton coach Grant Gardner was glad to see his Tigers are able to win games like Tuesday’s 69-64 win against Charleston in the MHSAA Class 3A North Mississippi tournament.
His girls won as well, 60-48, to complete the sweep.
After entering the fourth period tied at 49-49, Nettleton senior point guard Brandon Jamison calmly knocked down two free throws, then seconds later took a charge to get his team the ball back with a 63-57 lead and 1 minute, 55 seconds to play.
“Our kids hung in there and they battled,” Gardner said. “We had one more run in us than they did.”
Jamison’s two free shots gave the Tigers (23-4) a 61-57 lead before Jerrod Farr grabbed a rebound on the other end and Kyle Easley converted on the offensive end for a 63-57 lead.
Charleston pulled within 63-59 but Odarius Lowe drove in for two of his 14 points for a 65-59 lead. Oshagus Joiner missed a driving layin that would have pulled the visiting Tigers (9-17) within 65-61 with 63 seconds to play.
He missed, but then hit a 3-pointer and the lead was cut to 65-62.
Jamison hit two more free throws before Damion Jones pulled Charleston within 67-64. Blake Birks hit two more free throws to seal the win.
“It makes a man old,” Gardner said. “Even when they’d make a run, we’d answer. We didn’t drop our heads. Our guys kept playing.”
Nettleton, which got 23 points from Birks, 16 from Easley and 10 from Jamison, will face Corinth Thursday at 4 p.m. in Holly Springs.
Jones had 28 points for Charleston.
(G) Nettleton 60 Charleston 48
– Camry Jones scored 27 points and Amanda Adams added 10 and the Lady Tigers (21-5) advanced to face top-ranked Belmont Friday at 4 p.m. in Belmont.
“You’re going to run across them anyway, so you might as well run across them Friday,” Gardner said.
(B) Aberdeen 76, M.S. Palmer 61
– ABERDEEN – Palmer cut what was a double-digit Aberdeen lead in the third period to 49-46 after the third, but the Bulldogs quickly regained control.
“Anybody can knock you off on any given night,” Aberdeen coach Roy Hazzle said. “We just have to stay focused.”
The lead went to 17 on two of Rashad Pargo’s 18 points and two free throws from Channing Ward in the fourth, as Aberdeen played without post player Fred Ward.
Anthony McDonald led the Bulldogs (17-11) with 21 points. Pargo added 18 points and 11 rebounds .
Aberdeen will play Ripley at 7 p.m. Thursday in Holly Springs.
Palmer (18-9) got 14 points from Quinterra Ilson.