By David Wheeler | NEMS Daily Journal
ECRU – Rain is a good thing for Shannon Red Raiders head coach Cedric Brim.
A rain of 3-pointers, that is.
Raining in long-range shots as just one of their weapons, the Red Raiders survived the hustling efforts of the Calhoun City Wildcats, eventually running away Saturday with an 81-47 victory in a contest in the North Pontotoc Premiere Shootout.
“We were able to get out in transition, and knock some shots down tonight,” Brim said. “And our defense played pretty well tonight.
“I like our team defense right now.”
Brim had to like the Raiders (18-1) outside shooting, as Shannon connected on 12 3-pointers for the contest.
LaKee Westbrook bagged two of those 3-pointers in the closing seconds of the first half as Shannon moved to 15-11 lead. Westbrook connected on two more 3-pointers later in the second quarter, and Lamarcus Doss’ 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining pushed the Shannon advantage to 39-23.
“That’s the best shooting team I’ve seen this season,” Calhoun City coach Darrin Coffey said. “ And a good defensive team, too.
“We got within six points in the second half, but used a lot of energy doing that. Then they hit some shots and got the lead back out.”
Calhoun City (10-9) was coming off its second loss of the season to rival Bruce on Friday, and thanks to scheduling, played Booneville after the first loss, and was dealing with Shannon in this contest.
The Wildcats tried to deal themselves back into the contest with a third quarter run of 10-0. That spurt included three baskets by Dartavion Primer, including a 3-pointer with 4:41 to play in the quarter that cut the Shannon margin to 42-36.
Shannon was ready with an answer.
Guard Javon Green converted on a driving layup to stop the Calhoun City momentum, and begin a 15-0 spurt by Shannon. Doss capped the run with a field goal from the wing, and the Raiders were in a comfortable position with a 57-36 lead.
“Calhoun City had jumped into a press that gave us trouble,” Brim said. “Then we settled down. We’re shooting well right now, and that’s only a plus for us.”
Green paced the Shannon offense with 19 points, with Westbrook adding 18 and Doss 17. Primer led the Wildcats with 14.