Prince McDaniel, a freshman guard and product of Pascagoula High School, sank a 2-point basket with 3.5 seconds left on the clock to secure the victory for the ECCC men’s team. With the win, the Warriors are now 9-8 overall and 4-4 in division play.
In another close game, the Lady Warriors held on for a 90-87 decision over the Lady Eagles after being knotted 49-49 at the half. East Central improved to 15-2 overall and 6-2 in league competition.
Quinton Campbell, a guard/forward from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Mobile, Ala., had 19 points to lead the Warriors in scoring.
Other scorers were McDaniel, 12; Randy Phillips of Jackson Lanier and Ravion Henry of Leake Central, nine each; Isaiah Traylor of Tupelo, eight; Derrick Dandridge, a product of White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn., six; and Kristian Clark of St. Martin, Ramone Tate of St. Stanislaus and Irishma Bowie of Morton, five each.
Frankie Collins and Devontae Brewser had 14 points each to lead the MCC men, who fell to 7-9.
EC held a 40-38 advantage at the break.
Jaleshia Jones and Shakerya Morrison each had 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors. Jones is a sophomore guard/forward from Wayne County High School and Morrison, a sophomore forward/center, is a product of East Wake High School in Wendell, N.C.
Other point makers were Tashi-Ana Thompson of Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., 16; Tynika Bender of Newton, nine; Kalybriah Haskin of Olympian High School in San Diego, Alexia McDonald of Petal and Samantha Duncan of Oak Grove, seven each; and Breaushza Ragsdale of Morton and Johnta Hughes of Hattiesburg, two each.
Tytiana Hall pumped in 34 points to lead the MCC women, who dropped to 12-6.
East Central travels to division foe Jones County Junior College Monday, Feb. 2. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. in Ellisville. The Lady Warriors and Warriors host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday, Feb. 5 in games beginning at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.