Gators beat Pearl, head into break on a hot streak

Published 8:35 am Friday, November 18, 2016

The Vicksburg Gators are headed into the Thanksgiving break with the win column stuffed full.

Kirk Parker scored 18 points and Joe Thomas added 10 as the Gators beat Pearl 57-43 Thursday night for their fourth win in five games. Vicksburg won’t play again until Dec. 1, when it hosts Raymond.

Against Pearl, the Gators (4-1) built a 12-point lead at halftime and never trailed after the first quarter. Pearl cut the deficit down to seven, 43-36, at the end of the third quarter but the Gators regained control in the fourth.

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Raheam Moore scored nine points for Vicksburg, and Kardell English scored eight.
Matt Owens led Pearl (4-2) with 12 points, while Davion Escoffery scored nine.

Pearl won the girls’ game against Vicksburg, 60-40.

(B) WC 63, Hazlehurst 48

Warren Central (3-1) continued its early-season hot streak by beating Hazlehurst for its third win in a row.
Chavis Smith led the Vikings with 22 points, while Jalen Glass scored nine. Warren Central never trailed and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half.

Jakavias Thomas led Hazlehurst with 18 points, Zmaya Walton had 11, and Eric Rhymes scored 10.

“We had a good defensive effort,” Warren Central coach Bruce Robinson said. “We are still making some mistakes on defense and we are not smooth enough on offense. I felt like we were better conditioned than them.”

Warren Central will play again Tuesday at Jim Hill. Ten of Warren Central’s first 13 games are on the road.

(G) WC 52, Hazlehurst 31

Warren Central went 21-of-25 from the foul line to overcome a mediocre night from the field, and easily beat Hazlehurst.

Amber Gaston led all scorers with 13 points for the Lady Vikes, and T.T. Sims had 10 after missing the last two games with an injury.

“We shot well from the free throw line. We left out 20-plus points on missed opportunities,” Warren Central coach Jackie Glass said.