Northeast CC drops season opener in basketball

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College came up short on the hardwood against Northwest-Shoals Community College on Monday night in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in their season opener.

In the first game of the double header, the Lady Patriots (1-0, 0-0) defeated the Lady Tigers (0-1, 0-0) 104-88 while the Tigers (0-1, 0-0) also fell to the Patriots (1-0, 0-0) in game two on final score of 86-75.

Coach Ricky Ford’s unit trailed by just nine points at the break 52-43 but were unable to close that gap in the second half as the Lady Patriots Nikkia Jordan helped seal the deal with a game high 27 points.

Other players in double digits for Northwest-Shoals were Bionca Hill, who finished the game with 14 points, while Briana Walker added 11 to go along with Naunnie Campbell’s 10.

The Lady Tigers were led by freshman Erin Strowder with 20 points followed by Alex Hill who had 19.

Northeast shot 44-percent from the floor, 68-percent from the charity stripe, and hit a dismal 25-percent from behind the arc (4-of16).

On the men’s side, Head Coach David Robbins’ team led at intermission 39-34 but were unable to sustain that lead in the second half.

Northwest-Shoals outscored the Tigers in the second half 52-36 with most of those points coming by way of free throws. The Patriots were put on the charity stripe 51 times during the contest compared to just 27 visits for the Tigers.

Reggie Brice made the most of his free throw attempts for the Patriots. . . hitting 4-of-6 at the line while cashing in on 6-of-9 from the floor scoring 16 all together while snagging down seven boards. Just behind Brice was Marcus Hutchins with 12 points and Kendrick McCants with 11 points— scoring all his points at the foul line on 11-of-14.

Northeast had four players in the double digit scoring column with newcomer Robert Wade leading the way with 15 points and six rebounds, followed by Tyler Pritchard and John David Little, who both finished with 13, while Jermaine Hollimon added 10 points and six boards for the evening.

Robbins’ club ended the night with a 36-percent field goal average (25-of-69), 25-percent three-point shooting average (7-of-27), and hit 66-percent of its free throws (16-of-27).

Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers will face Motlow State in Booneville at Bonner Arnold Coliseum on Thursday, November 4. Tip-off for the ladies is set for 5 p.m. while the men get started at 7 p.m.