Midnight Madness Pic

A local youth attempts a free throw at Northeast Midnight Madness two years ago. The popular annual event was cancelled due to COVID last year but returns Tuesday evening at legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

BOONEVILLE — Northeast Mississippi Community College’s basketball teams are welcoming fans back for a preseason party after the coronavirus pandemic limited attendance at games during the abbreviated 2021 campaign.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers will unofficially tipoff their respective seasons with the sixth edition of Late Night Madness on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 p.m. inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

“It should be a nice night. Every year we’ve done it there’s been a great turn out,” said Tigers headman Cord Wright. “It’s a fun release. We’ll have been at practice for a couple of weeks at that point so it’s an opportunity for our guys to get away from the grind.”

Players from both programs will connect with their patrons throughout the approximately one-and-a-half hour event through various activities.

It starts with a recognition of both teams plus the cheerleading squad.

The men will showcase their athleticism with a slam dunk competition while the ladies take part in a hot shot contest with the goal of accumulating as many points as possible by making baskets from predetermined locations on the court.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers will both show off their sharp shooters with a three-point competition. Students and other supporters will get the chance to join Northeast’s student-athletes on the floor for a special knockout shooting game.

The festivities will wrap up with a pair of 10-minute intrasquad scrimmages. The Lady Tigers should take the floor first at around 9:15 p.m. with the Tigers to immediately follow after a brief warm-up.

“I think it’s a fun event for our players and for our student body,” Lady Tigers head coach Brenda Mayes said. “It’s an opportunity for our community to see first-hand what we have before we get into the games.”

Northeast continues its buildup to the regular season with two exhibition dates for both teams. The Tigers visit a NCAA Division I opponent in the University of North Alabama on Saturday, October 16.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers both participate in jamborees on Friday, October 22. The men welcome multiple schools to the Booneville campus while the women travel to Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The final tune up for the Lady Tigers is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 as Tennessee Valley (Ala.) Preparatory Sports Academy comes to town for the first meeting between the two institutions.

For more information about Late Night Madness, contact Mayes at 662-720-7887 or by email at bamayes@nemcc.edu or Wright at 662-720-7241 or by email at cdwright@ nemcc.edu.

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