Gators roll over Piney Woods, 64-25|[11/30/07]

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2007

Vicksburg coach Dellie C. Robinson is not too thrilled to have to face the Callaway Chargers tonight in the final of the Warren Central Classic, but at least it means the Gators will be going for their second tournament title of the young season.

Vicksburg pounded visiting Piney Woods 64-25 Thursday night, while Callaway overcame a sluggish first half to charge past Warren Central in the second half with a 70-39 rout.

The wins set up tonight’s showdown at 8:30 between two of Division 3-4A’s best teams.

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“It’s going to be tough having to play Callaway in the final, especially since we play them in district in two weeks,” Robinson said. “They have a really good team.”

In the season-opening Vicksburg Warren Classic, the Gators defeated Canton, another divisional foe, in that tournament’s title game.

Piney Woods, meanwhile, posted little resistance for the Gators, who improved to 8-1.

“Sometimes, you just don’t know what will happen with kids,” Robinson said of the unexpected blowout of the Tornadoes.

Leading 27-14 at the half, the Gators scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to turn their WC Classic opener into a laugher. Maurice Williams scored eight of his 16 points in the period to key Vicksburg.

Jonathan Phelps led the Gators with 18. The Tornadoes were led by Ryan White with eight.

Callaway 70, WC 39

Dino Harris actually gave WC (2-7) a two-point lead at 21-19 until Jerrick Nelson’s 3-pointer with one second left before halftime put Callaway (5-4) ahead to stay at 22-21.

The Chargers then had freshman guard Deville Smith, one of the nation’s best in his class, along with 6-foot-6 forward Corey Young score 20 second half points apiece to turn the game into the night’s third rout.

WC was led by Jeremey Smith with 14 points and Harris had 13.