By Brandon Speck
FULTON – Corinth and Shannon each won on each other’s floor in the regular season.
Tonight they meet at ICC’s Davis Event Center to decide the Division 1-4A championship.
“It will be a battle,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “(Rocquis) Coleman out front, he’s so creative, (Xzavier) Jones is a good shooter, (Sean) Watkins inside … They know us. We know them.”
Both teams won by the same score in Thursday’s semifinals, and both earned a Tuesday home game when the Class 4A North Tournament begins next week. If a few things fall into place, Shannon could wind up hosting it.
Coach Cedric Brim isn’t concerning his team with any of those outside factors.
“We’re just looking for the next win,” Brim said. “If those things happen, we’ll be glad to host.”
The Red Raiders advanced after a 68-56 win against Itawamba AHS. Home court advantage in Shannon would only happen if top two site choices New Albany and Pontotoc lose Tuesday. New Albany will play that game on the road. Pontotoc will too, after losing 68-56 to Corinth.
If both were to lose Tuesday, Shannon would host the North Tournament Thursday through Saturday.
Corinth (21-5) pulled away in a tight game with a 13-5 run to end the third quarter. The Warriors got a game-high 16 from Raheem Sorrell.
“If it happens, it happens,” Brim said. “If it doesn’t, we just have to be ready to play wherever we go.”
Shannon (21-6) had to work to keep its distance against the Indians, breaking a 21-all tie with a 14-5 run to end the half.
Jalen Brim’s 3-pointer gave the Raiders a 49-32 lead in the third quarter, three of his 14. Coleman had a game-high 20.
“We had to settle things down and move the ball more,” Coleman said, “get better shots and less turnovers.”
Itawamba couldn’t get within single digits, but Anthony Kennedy kept the Indians in striking range with a pair of 3s in the third quarter. Coleman’s three-point play stretched Shannon’s lead to 15 in the fourth. Kennedy finished with 20.
“The fact they blew us out last time was good for us,” Itawamba coach Devin Hill said. “It gave us motivation. We just didn’t have an answer for (Coleman).”