January 12, 2018

Freshman guard Roti Ware continued his hot play of late dropping in 31 points to lead the East Central Community College Warriors to their seventh straight win 89-77 over the Meridian Community College Eagles in a game played on the MCC campus Thursday, Jan. 11.

The East Central women lost for the second straight game after starting the season 8-0. The Meridian Lady Eagles took a 66-56 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division win in the opening game of the night.

Ware, who prepped at Morton High School, is averaging over 24 points a game since Nov. 16 when the Warriors started their seven game winning streak. He is now averaging right at 20 points per game for the season. Ware added seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists to his effort against Meridian.

Sophomore guard Jaquan Dotson of Neshoba Central had another solid outing, with 17 points and nine boards. Also in double figures for the Warriors were sophomore forward Cameron Diggs (Mobile, Ala., Blount) with 14, sophomore guard Thurston McCarty of Quitman with 12, and sophomore guard Cayman Ruffin of Neshoba Central with 10.

Diggs, who has committed to play at the University of North Alabama next year, had five blocked shots. Freshman guard Tre Pinkston out of Forest contributed nine assists in the win.

East Central improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in MACJC South Division play. Meridian fell to 3-8 and 0-2 in the division.

The ECCC Lady Warriors suffered their second defeat of the week and second of the season. East Central never could overcome a poor first quarter, with MCC leading 21-9 after the first 10 minutes.

Tamirra Haskin led East Central for the second straight game. The freshman guard from Laurel had a game-high 24 points and was the only Lady Warrior in double figures.

The Lady Eagles controlled the boards, taking a 47-30 advantage in rebounding.

The Lady Warriors’ season record dropped to 8-2, and 1-1 in MACJC South Division play. The MCC women improved to 9-2 and 2-0 in division play.

ECCC will be at home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, to host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. Game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

All home basketball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.