Bay Springs head coach Corey Mackey was consistent in his use of the phrase, “we’re consistent at being inconsistent.” The frequently used phrase was a reference, among other things, to his players competing for double-digit points in each of its 30 games during the 2017-2018 season.
Among the inconsistencies was one constant and consistent double-digit points leader – junior guard Kevin Grimes.
“Grimes worked hard in the offseason,” said Mackey. “He just that kind of a player, he’s an extremely hard worker and a team player. It’s paid off for him.”
Grimes averaged just above 19 points a game (19.7) during his sophomore season in 2016-2017. This year, the 6’3 guard averaged a team-high 21.7 points per contest. His biggest game of the season was his first, scoring a season-high 41 points in a 79-76 loss to Laurel, who at the time claimed the title as the defending 5A state champs.
Grimes was a significant factor in Bay Springs’ trip to Jackson and appearance in the MHSAA Class 2A State Championship game vs. Coahoma County. In three games Bay Springs played in the 2A state tournament, Grimes averaged 19.3 points per contest, scoring 22 vs. Ingomar, 17 vs. South Delta and 19 vs. Coahoma County.
“It’s just my ability to score,” said Grimes when asked about what he felt he brought most to the team. “I try to do everything I can do to make it happen.”
Mackey said those averages would likely increase next season.
“He’s gone from 19 points per game last year to 22 this year,” noted Mackey, “and that number should grow to 25 to 28 next year.”
Only one other Bulldog, fellow junior guard Jacorrieous Moore, finished with a double-digit average in points scored this season. Grimes ended the season with 652 points, more than doubled the number collected by Moore who netted 307.
Stats only tell half the story. Grimes believes his consistency starts with hard work in practice.
“I just had to work hard in practice,” Grime said. “It all starts in practice. If you work hard in practice and you’ll play hard in the game.”
Mackey says Grimes brought more to the team than just double-digit averages in points scored per game.
“He brought a lot of heart and hustle to the team,” Mackey noted. “He was our second in rebounding and so on. He does a lot. He was our most valuable player.”
Grimes said it was a blessing to make it as far as he and his teammate did during the 2017-2018 season.
“There are a lot of teams that don’t even get the chance to get to the state championship game,” said the junior. “Its a blessing and I thank God that we even made it there.”
No offers have come Grimes’ way yet, but two schools – Jones County Junior College and Southern Miss – have shown interest.
The outlook for next season is optimistic. With Grimes coming back, Mackey see’s a bright future ahead for the 2018-2019 season.
“We left something [behind] that we have to go back and get,” said Mackey. “With Grimes and the majority of the team coming back, we can do it.”