BIGGERSVILLE - Biggersville High School gym was the place to be Saturday for local hoops connoisseurs.
Ten games in all, featuring local teams from the host school, Corinth, Alcorn Central, Booneville, Tishomingo County and McNairy Central - along with well-known north Mississippi stalwarts such as Southaven, Baldwyn, Ripley, Shannon and Olive Branch - added up to a day full of captivating basketball action that wrapped up around 9:30 at the conclusion of the Lions/Chargers contest.
Following are summaries of each game, especially those involving Daily Corinthian coverage area clubs.
(Game 1) McNairy Central 77, Tishomingo County 70
McNairy Central - behind 27 points from Nate Moore - battled to a 77-70 win over Tishomingo County in the opening game of the Biggersville Boys Classic on Saturday.
The Braves led 7-3 early before the Bobcats went on a 12-2 run to take a 15-9 lead on a Simon Whitaker layup with 1:57 left in the first quarter. The Bobcats led as much as 33-23 on an Andrew Steward 3-pointer with 3:49 left in the first half.
Tishomingo County took its first lead at 36-35 on a Landon Hemphill steal and jump shot with 1:10 left in the first half.
The Bobcats led 39-38 at the half.
After four second half ties and four lead changes, McNairy Central took the lead for good on a Tanner Kirk layup with 2:12 left to play.
Tishomingo County's Spencer Coffman led all scorers with 37 points. Stephen Howell and Hemphill scores 12 each for the Braves.
Eli Yopp scored 12 for McNairy Central and Simon Whitaker finished with 11.
(Game 2) Baldwyn 63, Alcorn Central 55
Baldwyn used a 19-5 run to take a 63-55 win over Alcorn Central in the second game of the Biggersville Classic on Saturday.
The Golden Bears led 7-2 early on a Keagan Hicks jumper at the 5:44 mark of the first quarter.
The Bearcats fought through a first quarter that saw two lead changes and one tie to take a 20-14 lead with 5:50 left in the first half.
Baldwyn led 28-19 at halftime and took a commanding 55-34 at the end of the third quarter.
But Alcorn Central - led by Hicks and Brady Talley - answered with a 19-6 run, capped by a Talley 3-pointer with 3:00 minutes left to play.
Hicks finished with 25 to lead the Golden Bears. Tally scored 17 in the contest.
(Game 3) McEvans 71, Houston 59
The Hawks stunned the Hilltoppers, dropping Houston to 10-3 with the 71-59 win in game three of the Biggersville Boys Classic.
(Game 4) Ripley 46, West Bolivar 36
The Tigers improved to 7-4 with the low-scoring 46-36 win over the Eagles from Rosedale.
(Game 5) Booneville 73, H.W. Byers 60
Booneville used a full-court press to turn a 14-point deficit into a 73-60 win against Byers in an up-and-down the court game featuring plenty of athleticism.
The Lions led as much as 46-32 at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter.
"We were in the midst of getting blown out and we had to change the narrative," Booneville head coach Michael Smith said. "One thing the pressure defense did was to get them out of what they wanted to do."
The Blue Devils allowed only two Byers field goals in the fourth quarter.
Booneville led 12-5 early on a Kedrick Simmons layup off a Kade White assist with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
From there, the Lions took over, outscoring the Blue Devils 35-18 the remainder of the first half.
Josh Dukes led Booneville with 19 points. Simmons scored 16 on the afternoon. Landon Brown and James Dukes scored nine each.
(Game 7) Pine Grove 61, Corinth 45
Carson Rowland earned game MVP honors with 18 points as the Panthers ended Corinth’s brief two-game win streak with a 61-45 win in the Biggersville Classic.
(Game 8) Saltillo 56, Noxubee County 44
In a matchup of the Tigers, Saltillo bested Noxubee 56-44. Saltillo led virtually the entire contest, with guard Dee Howell leading the victorious Tigers with 15 points.
It was a fast paced game from the opening tip off, with both teams bringing pressure from the get-go. Saltillo had to handle the low post presence of Noxubee forward Demone Cunningham, and had some difficulty in the first half, with the game being shockingly low scoring through the first two quarters.
However, Saltillo was able to pull away behind some defensive zone trickery and an overall increased pace. This allowed the Lee County Tigers to pull ahead rather comfortably and cruise to an easy victory. The win boosted Saltillo to 11-0 on the young season.
(Game 9) Olive Branch 83, New Hope 66
In the next to last game of the evening, the New Hope Trojans fell to the Quistors of Olive Branch 83-66. The only time this game was ever really a contest was at tipoff, when the score was knotted up at 0’s, as Olive Branch jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. At the end of the first quarter alone, the score was 29-16.
Olive Branch used their depth as the trump card in this one, keeping their rotation fresh so that they could keep the Trojans off of the fast break. Their plan worked to perfection, as New Hope struggled to score in the half court set.
Quistor guard Jaylyn Tyler won the Player of the Game, scoring 20 points in the contest. He used his shooting ability to space the floor and knock down some big shots in transition to secure the Olive Branch victory.
(Game 10) Southaven 68, Biggersville 61
In the tenth and final game of the evening, the host Lions took on the Southaven Chargers in a fast paced, defensive night-cap contest. Biggersville had won game in 34 straight home contests, with their last loss in their own gym coming to Corinth on November 29th, 2018.
The Chargers had something in store for that streak, though, in the form of a 19 point outing from point man Jordan Jennings. The final score was 68-61, with the Chargers taking the victory in a hard fought contest.
The highlight of the night for the Lions, however, was 8th grader Brooks Seago. Seago was moved up to the varsity squad to fill a roster spot, but has proven that despite his age and size, he can be an exceptional option from all over the court for the Lions. He finished with 8 points on the night.