Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ECCC Warrior Basketball Beats Co-Lin to Extend Winning Streak to 4

The East Central Community College Warrior basketball team won its fourth straight game and improved its MACJC South Division record to 7-5 with a 93-84 win over Copiah-Lincoln Community College Monday, Feb. 13, in Wesson. Behind a double-double performance from sophomore forward Tonzell Handy, who had 31 points, the Warriors controlled the game except for a late Co-Lin lead with 9:30 to play.

The Warriors led Co-Lin by 14 at the intermission.Handy, who prepped at Lanier High School, also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in leading the Warriors to big win over Co-Lin. East Central sits at fourth place in the MACJC South Division with Gulf Coast, Southwest and Jones County ahead of the Warriors.

The Warriors shot well from the floor, hitting 61 percent of their shots for the game, including 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc.Handy also had four assists, four steals and a blocked shot for ECCC. Freshman guard Jaquan Dotson of Neshoba Central High School added 15 points. Cayman Ruffin, also a product of Neshoba Central High School, put up 12 points, sophomore point guard Jaylon Bardley of New Hope High School had 11 points, and sophomore Shaquille Benson of Hahnville (La.) High School added 10 points.East Central is back in action Thursday, Feb. 16, when the Warriors host Pearl River Community College for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Warriors then will travel to Jones County Junior College Monday, Feb. 20, to face the men’s MACJC South Division leader at 7:30 p.m. in Ellisville.