Timing was a factor early. Bay Springs, faced with uncontrollable issues at the hotel Friday morning in Jackson, was late upon its arrival at the “Big House.” The late arrival forced the Bulldogs to rush through their pre-game routine. Boys basketball head coach Corey Mackey knew his squad would struggle early because of it.
And they did. Ingomar, opponent to Bay Springs Friday morning in the MHSAA Class 2A quarterfinal round, put together an impressive 6-0 run to start the contest.
“We came out a little slow this morning because of timing,” said Bay Springs head boys basketball coach Corey Mackey. “We had some situations at the hotel that prevented us from getting here on time. We didn’t get the time we needed to get into our normal routine.
“The power went out at the hotel, so they weren’t able to check us out on time.”
The slow start was countered on the court with precision shooting. Bay Springs shot 52.2 percent on the floor in contrast to Ingomar’s 31.7 percent and advanced to the semifinal round with a 60-53 win inside the Jackson Coliseum.
“We stuck to our game plan,” said Mackey, regarding his team’s execution on the court. “Our guys ran our offense well. We hit open shots when they presented themselves, and that helped us out.”
Bay Springs will face South Delta next Tuesday at noon.
Junior Kevin Grimes led all scorers with 22 points for the Bulldogs. His jump shot with 3:58 left in the contest tied the score, 50-50. Bay Springs then closed the game out on a 10-3 run to win its 25th game of the season.
Jacorreous Moore and Austin Sigsworth also finished in double-digits. Moore netted 12 points, while Sigsworth knocked down 11.
“Grimes is normally our leading scorer,” said Mackey. “Then we’ll have two other guys to follow along [in double-digits]. That is the one thing about us; we’re consistent at being inconsistent as far as we don’t usually know who those other guys will be.”
Ingomar, who excels at shooting outside the paint, finished just 3-of-22 beyond the arch. Mackey says his team’s execution of man-to-man defense was key.
“Our man-to-man defense stepped it up,” Mackey said. “We didn’t rebound well in the first half. But the second half I felt we did a better job of it. That was the difference in the game.”
Bay Springs out rebounded Ingomar, 39-34.
The Bulldogs improve to 25-3 on the season.