From Staff Reports
FRENCH CAMP – The East Oktibbeha Titans knocked off the previously unbeaten French Camp Panthers 49-29 in the Class A, Region 5 Tournament.
French Camp is the host school for the tournament.
"This was pretty big," said East Oktibbeha boys coach Barnett Robinson, who has witnessed his team claim two-straight victories in the division tournament. "We played pretty good defense and took advantage of the opportunity to run the floor. Those were the keys to getting the victory.
"I just told my guys that the regular season means nothing right now and anything can happen at this time of the year."
The Titans established a 16-7 lead after the first quarter and held a 20-15 advantage at halftime.
Casey Neal led East Oktibbeha with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Chris Hunter also scored in double figures with 18 points. He pulled down five rebounds.
The Titans (8-18) play Nanih Waiya Friday for the tournament championship at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
East Oktibbeha 57,
FRENCH CAMP – The Lady Titans broke open a close game in the second half and advanced to the tournament title game.
"We played defense, took good shots and took care of the basketball," East Oktibbeha girls coach Randy Brooks said. "That's really all you can ask."
After securing leads of 7-4 at the end of the first quarter and 16-10 at halftime, the Lady Titans expanded the margin to 37-17 at the end of the third quarter and out-scored French Camp 20-1 in the fourth quarter.
Shondra Nichols scored 15 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked seven shots for East Oktibbeha. Kelcie Lanier added 10 points and six rebounds, Alexius Henderson chipped in nine points and Lydia Stevenson had double-digit rebounds with 11.
The Lady Titans, who improved to 18-8, take on Weir for the tournament crown on Friday with a tip of 7 p.m.