Get to the final Friday of 2A basketball and what happens on that final day just happens.
Bay Springs head boys basketball coach Corey Mackey told his team that all season long.
The Tuesday before that final Friday, Bay Springs made it happen.
Shooting nearly 30 percent better on the floor in the second half Tuesday afternoon, Bay Springs beat South Delta 67-58 inside the Jackson Coliseum in the MHSAA Class 2A semifinal game. The Bulldogs (26-3) will now face Coahoma in the 2A title game Friday at the “Big House.” Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
“I’m very happy about this win,” said Mackey. “It’s a great feeling to be one of the final two teams on the final Friday of 2A basketball.”
Click on the link to see the full post-game interview with head coach Corey Mackey: https://youtu.be/CmayswgY17Y
Bay Springs entered the locker room at the half tied 26-26 with South Delta, shooting just 40.7 percent from the floor. Back-to-back three-point baskets by Austin Sigsworth and Jacorreous Moore with 4:27 left in the third period seemed to boost the Bulldogs shooting confidence.
“We went in at halftime and looked at stats,” said Mackey. “We weren’t shooting the ball well and lacked confidence. We stepped up [in the second half], hit a couple of three’s and accepted the challenge.”
They finished the second half shooting 70.6 percent from the floor to combine for a 52.3 percent total overall.
Normal operations for Bay Springs includes three players in double-digits by game’s end. Tuesday afternoon four Bulldogs finished with binary numbers and a fifth on the verge. Kevin Grimes and Austin Sigsworth scored a team-high 17 points, while Anthony Wheaton and Jacorreous Moore added 11 and 10 points respectively.
“Normally we have Grimes and two others [in double-digits] on any given day,” Mackey said. “Today we had four. Whatever a team does to us, we find a way to counter that.
“I would hate to be anyone coaching against us because as I always say, we’re very consistent at being inconsistent at who’s scoring buckets.”
Three-points baskets by Sigsworth and Moore gave Bay Springs a 36-30 lead midway through the third period. A fourth personal foul by Grimes midway through the fourth period – which benched the Bulldogs’ leading scorer on the season – forced the junior to the bench. South Delta made up ground on the board during that time.
“We’ve had the next man up mentality all year,” said Mackey. “We practice with Grimes in and out of a game in case something like that happens. We just when to the next guy and said it’s your turn.”
The lead changed hands five times in the final period.
Sigsworth’s jump-shot gave the game’s final lead change with 2:22 left to play. Bay Springs finished the game with a 9-2 run to win the semifinal matchup over South Delta.
Grimes and Wheaton added excitement Tuesday afternoon with two dunks apiece.