By Brandon Shields/Special to the Journal
CLINTON – What could go wrong did go wrong for Corinth on Monday afternoon, especially in the second half.
In a not-so-good performance the Warriors fell to Jackson Prep 54-45 in the Rumble in the South at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum.
“We didn’t play like we are capable of playing today,” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “We took bad shots all game, had the ball in a wrong person’s hand and turnovers cost us.”
The Warriors shot just 36 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 12 times in the second half.
Corinth (17-5) shot 41 percent for the game and had 22 turnovers.
Greene gave all the credit to the Jackson Prep defense.
“They defended us pretty good but we made so many poor decisions,” Greene said. “Sometimes we get selfish and don’t want to give up the ball and that is what we don’t need.”
Wirt Dunbar and Ryan Buchanan each had 12 points to lead Jackson Prep (21-3), which competes in Academy AAA, Division I the highest classification in MAIS.
“It was neat playing a team like Corinth cause they are a team that we don’t see play much,” Jackson Prep coach David Horner said. “We are happy that we won the game, but we didn’t play very well at the end and need to get better at that.”
Dunbar scored seven of his 12 points in the third quarter.
“Just was able to find some open looks and made my shots,” Dunbar said. “It was fun playing against team like Corinth.”
The Patriots were up 52-34 at a point in the fourth quarter before the Warriors cut to nine to end the game.
Raheem Sorrell finished with a game-high 13 points for Corinth.
“At the end we played with some urgency and were making some shots and forcing them to make turnovers,” Greene said. “Against good teams, we need to play more complete games and play with urgency the whole ball game.”
Corinth is home against Itawamba AHS tonight before next week’s clashes with Shannon and Baldwyn.