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February 28, 2014

Newton County falls to McComb

McCOMB — The Newton County High School boys basketball team fell to McComb High School Thursday night in the second round of the Class 4A South State Tournament at McComb.  

The Cougars ended their season with 65-43 loss to the Tigers, and Cougars head coach Steve Harber said his boys ran into a team that was too tough to overcome.

“McComb is a great basketball team,” Harber said. “Our guys came out and played really well. We were just paired up with a great team, and they got the best of us tonight.”

The Cougars kept it close in the first quarter and were only down by four at the end of the period, with the Tigers holding a 16-12 advantage. At the end of the half, the Cougars trailed by 12 when Emanuel Thompson threw up a buzzer shot to widen the gap to 15.

“We really played well defensively, and I thought we shot the ball well,” Harber said.  “We held them to their lowest total points all season. They have two guys over (6-foot-8), and that makes it tough to work down low.”

The Tigers had a strong third quarter and came out with a minute-and-a-half run, putting up 10 unanswered points. In the fourth quarter, the Cougars pulled it to within 11 but missed five straight free throws.

Leading scorers for the Cougars were Isaiah Lewis with 16 points and DeAndre Wansley with 11 points. Leading the way for the Tigers were Antonio Johnson who had 14 points and Stacey Mack with 11 points. Thompson also added 10 for the Tigers.

“I believe McComb is the team to beat in 4A,” Harber said. “They just have so many weapons on the court. They are strong across the board.”

The Cougars will end the season 22-8.

“This has been a great season, and this is a great group of kids to work with,” Harber said.  “These guys are the most enjoyable group of young men I have ever coached.”

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