By Adam Gore
FULTON – Jarvonte Ivy grabbed an offensive rebound and quickly kissed a layup off the backboard in the final seconds of the Region 1-4A championship game to help the Shannon Red Raiders sneak out of the Davis Event Center with a 70-65 victory over the Corinth Warriors.
Ivy finished with 11 points, but none bigger than his final basket of the contest.
Up 67-65 inside 30 seconds left to play, Corinth forced Shannon into a bad shot in transition, but Ivy hustled down the floor trailing the play to crash the board for the offensive rebound and put-back.
“It was the play that won the game,” said Corinth head coach Keith Green. “We challenged the shot in transition, but weren’t able to get the rebound and Ivy was able to come up with a big play to make it a two-possession game.”
“Ivy made some really big plays for us tonight,” said Shannon’s Cedric Brim. “He came up with some timely rebounds and none bigger than the one he got in the final seconds. I thought we rushed the shot and might have opened the door for them, but he really bailed us out with a huge play to put the game away.”
Javon Green scored a game-high 20 Lamarcus Doss added 19 while Lakee Westbrook chipped in 14 for the Red Raiders.
Corinth took their first lead of the night, 59-58, with 5:32 left in the contest on a layup by Eric Richardson and battled their way to a 65-65 tie before back-to-back turnovers opened the door for Ivy’s late game heroics.
“We were able to match them shot-for-shot,” said Green. “They just beat us at the free throw line and giving just a little bit more effort down the stretch. We had our chances, but weren’t able to take advantage of them down the stretch.”
Richardson and Raheem Sorrell paced the Warriors with 16 points each.
Both teams will learn their next foes tonight, as Indianola Gentry and Yazoo County play in the Division 3-4A consolation game at Humphries County.