Hornets survive Tigers in OT thriller
by Donell Maxie
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Ray Brooks head coach Corey Grayson strategizes with his players before the start of the OT period against the John F. Kennedy Hornets Friday in Mound Bayou. Ray Brooks lost the game 63-58.
Ray Brooks head coach Corey Grayson strategizes with his players before the start of the OT period against the John F. Kennedy Hornets Friday in Mound Bayou. Ray Brooks lost the game 63-58.
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MOUND BAYOU — It was a close one between the John F. Kennedy Hornets and Ray Brooks Tigers here at the Hornet Gym Friday.

The game was a Region 3-1A thriller that went into overtime, but in the OT the Hornets outscored the Tigers 9-4 to take the 63-58 victory.

JFK improved to 3-12 overall with a 2-3 mark in the Region. Ray Brooks is now 1-12 with a 1-4 mark in the region.

"I felt like my guys came out and took them light in the beginning. We have played some more complete teams and played them a lot harder than we did tonight. I think they (JFK) thought it was going to be an easy win, but found out quick that Ray Brooks is tough and they came to play. We were fortunate enough to get out of here with a win," said JFK Head Coach Kenji Peterson.

For the Hornets it was the play of post players Fred Haywood and Keandre Haywood that made the difference for the Hornets in the second half and overtime.

"Normally my guards will knocked down those three point baskets all night, but tonight they weren't falling and I told them we had to get the ball inside. Both Keandre and Fred stepped up big time. Fred was big for us before he fouled out and Keandre made some big shots in the post in the overtime period," said Peterson.

For the Tigers, head coach Corey Grayson said it was tough pill to swallow, but he was proud of his team's effort.

"I thought the guys performed well in the fourth quarter. We made some baskets late and played good team ball at the end. It got a bit sloppy, but at the end they were able to stay focus and tie the ball game up," said Grayson.

"I thought we took advantage of the opportunities they gave us. We attacked the rim and took advantages of our mismatches. I thought tonight that the team showed they can handle pressure and I feel good about that," Grayson added.

With 29-seconds remaining in the contest, JFK held a 54-51 lead.

Ray Brooks' Tevin Carter stepped to the line and knocked down a free throw for a 54-52 game, but missed the second, allowing his teammate Syderrick Maiten to grab the rebound and Grayson called timeout immediately. Out of the time out Maiten ended up with the ball and was able to take his defender off the dribble with 12-seconds left on the clock and tie the game at 54-54 to send it into overtime.

In the overtime baskets from Keandre and Ricky Fleming gave the Hornets a 58-54 lead. Jamarcus Marshall scored for the Tigers for a 58-56 game, but Keandre scored in the post again for a 60-56 game with 1:40 left in OT.

Maiten managed to get in the lane again and his basket made it 60-58 with 1:15 left in the game, but that would be as close as the Tigers could get as the Hornets held on for a 63-58 win.

JFK had four players in double figures led by Fred Haywood with 16 points, Keandre Haywood with 12 points, Khalil Strickland with 11 points and Octavius Taylor with 10.

Marshall led Ray Brooks 24 points and Maiten had 18 points.

JFK will travel to Shaw Tuesday. Ray Brooks will host Coldwater Tuesday.