BCT: Hayti holds off South Pemiscot 64-62 in battle of familiar foes
BLOOMFIELD — The Hayti Indians and South Pemiscot Bulldogs have become quite familiar with each other.
The teams met for the second time this season Thursday in the first round of the 63rd Bloomfield Christmas Tournament with the fifth-seeded Indians holding off the 12th-seeded Bulldogs 64-62.
“We’ll play again in two weeks,” Hayti coach Travis Day said. “The first time we beat them by 20 (69-49). I knew they were going to make adjustments and they did. They played well.”
The two teams could meet twice more — in the Bootheel Conference Tournament and the Class 2 District 1 tournament.
Hayti (6-2) will meet fourth-seeded Portageville in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday. South Pemiscot (2-4) will meet Bloomfield in a consolation quarterfinal at 10 a.m. Friday.
Neither Hayti nor South Pemiscot led by more than seven points.
TreCharles McCoy, who finished with 12 points, scored on a steal and layup for for a 57-50 lead in the fourth quarter.
South Pemiscot fought back to take a 61-59 advantage, its first lead since 17-16 in the second quarter.
Terryon Johnson began the Bulldogs’ 11-2 go-ahead run with a putback. Khalal Rogers, who produced a game-high 21 points, scored on a 3-point play, before Hayti’s Quindale Malone interrupted the rally with a driving layup.
Rogers scored on a fast break, P.J. Rollings made a basket but missed the free throw on the potential 3-point play. However, A.J. Wilbourn put back the miss for a 61-59 lead. Wilbourn finished with 15 points.
Trayvan Thomas went 3 for 6 from the free-throw line to give Hayti a 62-61 lead, and Rogers sank a free throw to tie the score at 62.
Hayti secured the win when Malone sank two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining.
Thomas and Malone paced Hayti with 19 points each.
“That game right there, you think it’s going to be an overtime game,” Day said. “The tournament’s all about surviving. We survived. We didn’t play well. South Pem played really good. They made us play not so good.”
Each team started slowly on offense with South Pemiscot leading 11-8 after one quarter.
Hayti shot 3 for 15 (20%) from the field in the opening quarter and the Bulldogs went 4 for 15 (27%).
The Indians took a 5-0 lead on a pair of second-chance baskets by Adrian Stevenson and a free throw by Tae Stevenson.
South Pemiscot rallied with five straight points to tie the score. Johnson scored on a putback, and Rogers made a free throw and a layup on a fast break.
The score was tied twice in the first quarter, and Shawn Kinon, who scored 12 points, made a late 3-pointer to give South Pemiscot an 11-8 lead.
Both teams heated up offensively in the second quarter. The Indians went 4 for 4 from 3-point range, and South Pemiscot made 7 of 14 shots inside the arc in a quarter that featured three lead changes. Hayti’s Thomas hit the go-ahead 3-pointer for a 26-23 lead. The Indians led 28-25 at halftime.
The Indians maintained the lead throughout the third quarter, although South Pemiscot tied the score at 33 briefly on a putback by Johnson. Hayti took a 44-40 lead into the fourth.
SOUTH PEMISCOT — Brimlett 1(0) 0-0 2. Rollings 1(0) 0-1 2. Rogers 7(1) 4-7 21. Johnson 3(0) 2-5 8. Kinnon 1(3) 1-2 12. Willingham 1(0) 0-0 2. Wilbourn 5(0) 5-6 15. Southern 0. Totals 19(4) 12-21 62.
HAYTI — McCoy 5(0) 2-6 12. Thomas 3(2) 7-13 19. T. Stevenson 3(0) 2-3 8. Malone 4(3) 2-4 19. A. Stevenson 2(0) 0-2 4. Willburn 0. Taylor 0. Presberry 1(0) 0-0 2. Totals 18(5) 13-28 64.