By Brandon Speck
CORINTH – Rocquis Coleman preserved a halftime tie, then started overtime with two back-breaking 3-pointers Tuesday as No. 7 Shannon beat No. 1 Corinth on the road, 62-52.
“I knew I was going to hit them,” said Coleman, a sophomore. “I just wanted them.”
Tied at 52 after four quarters, Corinth was 0 for 7 from the floor in overtime, with two turnovers.
Coleman hit a game-high 22, six in OT, and had four 3-pointers. Before the halftime buzzer, he tied up Corinth’s Kendall Stafford, an AAU teammate, to keep a 28-28 tie.
Shannon got something else it wanted, wrapping up the Division 1-4A title with the road win, paying the Warriors back for a win at Shannon.
In the extra frame, Coleman broke the tie, then without hesitation pulled up for a bomb once Jalen Brim stole the ensuing inbounds.
“0 for 7, that speaks for itself,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “Him hitting the first one, you can understand. The second was us coughing it up and giving them the shot to put us away pretty much.”
Shannon (18-5, 9-1) led by seven in the third quarter before Corinth (20-4, 8-2) went on a 13-3 run for a 44-41 edge after three. Stafford had five points in the run, part of his team-high 16. Brim hit 13 for Shannon.
Corinth had a chance to win in regulation, but Stafford’s 3 bounced off the iron.
“Our guys fought well tonight,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said. “We were up pressing like we should have been on defense, got a turnover and something good happened out of it.”
(G) Shannon 59, Corinth 52: Che Curlee’s steal and bucket to end the third quarter cut a double-digit Shannon lead to 43-34.
But Alexandrea Metcalf’s drive and layup in the final minute gave the Lady Raiders a 55-52 lead. Metcalf finished with 23. Quin Agnew had a game-high 24 for Shannon.
For Corinth, Jamia Kirk scored 16, Aspen Sricklen 10.