Gators chomp Madison Central

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vicksburg’s experience continues to shine and the wins continue to pile up.

Since the return of football players Edward “Red” Davis and DeAndre King, Vicksburg has reeled off three straight wins. None were bigger than Tuesday night’s 63-50 win over Madison Central.

The visiting Jaguars feature one of Mississippi’s top big men — 6-foot-11 center Joniah White — who is a shotblocking wizard.

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Much like last year, Vicksburg can attack the rim from different angles or can kick out for an open 3-pointer. But this year, they’ve added some soft jumpers in the lane to add to the team’s offensive effectiveness.

Madison Central (3-2) could not shut off the myriad options for Vicksburg coach Dellie C. Robinson.

“We’re a much better basketball team this season,” Robinson said. “We’re playing different combinations of guys and I can do that because I’ve got so many that can play. Their big guy was a big concern for us because he had like 13 blocks in a game we scouted. We found a way to get it past him.”

Shooting over the top in the second quarter by DeAngelo Richardson gave the Gators (3-1) a big lift and the lead. Richardson made four 3-pointers in the first half and scored all 14 of his points as Vicksburg jump out to a 33-24 halftime lead.

Despite an 0-for-7 start for the second half, Madison was only able to cut the deficit to five at 33-28. Davis, a cat-quick sophomore point guard, took charge over the final 13 minutes. He made a soft 8-foot jumper over White’s extended hands and then added a steal and layup for a 41-30 lead.

That was the first half. In the fourth quarter, LeDarius Ward got a 3-pointer to fall to make it 48-35 with five minutes left.

The Jaguars made one final charge with four minutes to play when Chase Carroll dropped in consecutive 3-pointers in between a layup from King. The last trey made it 56-47 with 2:32 left.

Richardson and King each had 14 points to lead Vicksburg. Davis had eight points, eight assists and four steals.

White and Keon Spencer had 11 points each to pace Madison.