By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – It might be June, but a good Northeast Mississippi high school basketball matchup is still good.
On a 3-pointer by Jose Contreras in overtime, the Corinth Warriors defeated the Tupelo Golden Wave 43-40 Thursday at the Davis Event Center at Itawamba Community College.
“In the summer, everyone is subbing, so it’s really an evaluation period for us,” Corinth head coach Keith Greene said. “It’s game experience.”
Even taking the Warriors’ effort with a grain of salt, Corinth did look good in stretches as they look to add another trip to Jackson to a sting of four trips in the last five seasons.
Corinth senior center Raheem Sorrell had two good stretches of productivity in the first half, good for 12 points in the 20 minute span. Sorrell did not score in the second half in limited playing time.
Tupelo edged its way to a 20-18 first half lead behind some solid play by J. J. Ashby. There were four ties in the second half, with Antares Gwyn scoring a basket with 47 seconds remaining to tie the score at 40-40.
Contreras’ three-pointer in the extra period won the game.
“I told our guys at one point, I’m not worried about the score, I want to know if we can run this set,” Greene said. “I probably messed up Sorrell’s rhythm the way I subbed, but I thought he played extremely well.
“I think you could call us a veteran team.”
Sorrell led Corinth with his first half 12 points, with Gwin chipping in 10. Isaiah Traylor paced Tupelo with 14.
“We were just trying to get some combinations, and give some young guys some playing time,” Tupelo head coach Jeff Norwood said. “We’ll be inexperienced in Class 6A, but I feel more comfortable with the team than at this time last year.”