Meridian Star


January 9, 2013

Lions opens 2013 with win against rival Warriors


MERIDIAN — Lions make more out of less

    Due to a season-ending knee injury to Adrian Edwards  and seven suspensions during the Lions trip to Mesa Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout, EMCC was forced to play with only six players Tuesday against East Central.

    However, the Lions showed it did not matter in the slightest, as they blew past the Warriors 91-75.

    “We were just telling ourselves, we have to play the same we have been playing,” EMCC freshman guard Jacolby Mobley said. “Even without some of our key players, we were still able to come out aggressive and pull the game out.”

    EMCC came out hot, shooting 56.9% from the court on the night and taking a 53-30 lead into halftime. The Lions would not slow up in the second half either, as EMCC rallied behind Mobley, who went 15/28 on the night for a game-high 35 points.

    “We is just a scoring machine,” EMCC head coach Mark White said. “With Jacolby we have been talking to him a lot. I told him he should never shoot a contested three-point shot because he is just a good driver. He’s been labeled a driver, but he’s a better driver than shooter. That’s just what he did tonight. He drove to the lane and put on a show; they couldn’t stop him,”

    The dominance over rival ECCC is something Warrior fans have grown accustomed to under White. The head coach is 12-2 against ECCC, including 11-straight wins over the Warriors.

    “It’s great for the school,” White said. “It’s always good to beat East Central and teams that are close by.”

    The 0-12 Warriors will travel to Hinds on Monday, while the 7-4 Lions will travel to Meridian where they will once again try to pull off a win with their shortened roster.

    “It’s going to be very tough, because the six guys we have are completely worn out,” White said. “Our big thing is that we go really hard and practice, and we are not going to be able to do that tomorrow. We are going to play the way we play, and we are going to stay aggressive and try to do the things we do.”

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