The McNairy Central Bobcats roared into Biggersville with a 63-60 victory over the No. 2 team in North Mississippi.
The New Site Royals entered the contest with a perfect 11-0 record, led by 6-6 center Dalton Pounds and junior guard Ethan Eaton. The Royals finished 30-4 a year ago.
“All wins are good wins,” McNairy Central head coach Stacy Riley said. “I’m proud of the boys; they played hard.”
McNairy Central (2-6) was without the services of guards Simon Whitaker and Jasper Sanders.
Kameron Starks led the Bobcats with 15 points and seven rebounds. Starks added two steals and an assist.
“I’m more physical than a lot of the players I’m around,” Starks said. “We were tired, but we had to come out playing hard and make some shots.”
New Site led 18-15 after the first period, but the Bobcats came back and tied the game at 28-28 by halftime.
The game moved back-and-forth, with New Site leading for about 17 minutes, but the score was knotted at 49-49 by the beginning of the final frame.
The Bobcats out-rebounded New Site 27-25.
“We were blocking out to get rebounds,” Starks said. “They were taller than us.”
Eli Yopp finished with a double-double, dishing out 10 assists to go with 10 points and and three steals.
Jack Johnson scored 12 points to go with four rebounds and a steal. Broderick Alexander finished with 11 points and five assists.
Eaton led New Site with 24 points. Pounds fouled out after scoring 16.
McNairy Central 65, Scotts Hill 55
The McNairy Central Bobcats used a second quarter run to cruise to their first victory of the season in a 65-55 win over Scotts Hill on Friday.
The Bobcats scored the game’s first four points on field goals by Kameron Starks and Jasper Sanders to take an early lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter.
Scotts Hill responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Lane Martin layup at the 3:50 mark in the opening frame. The Bobcats answered with 11-0 run, capped by a Nate Moore 3-pointer with 1:21 left in the first period.
McNairy Central led 16-12 after the first.
The Lions tied the game three times in the second period, the last at 21-21 on a Bryce Allard jump shot with 4:22 left in the first half.
Broderick Alexander scored on a layup off a Jasper Sanders assist to give the Bobcats a 36-24 lead with 1:05 left in the first half. Back-to-back Alexander buckets – the second off a steal - pushed the McNairy Central lead to 40-26 with 5:55 left in the third.
The Lions pulled within 41-40 on a Luke Ledbetter layup with 50 seconds left in the third.
McNairy Central answered with a 12-3 run, capped by a Moore 3-pointer on a Jack Johnson assist with 6:27 left in the game.
Scotts Hill never got closer than five in the final minutes.
Moore led McNairy Central with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Sanders finished with 10 points to go with six assists, four steals and five rebounds. Starks finished with 11 points and two steals. Yopp scored 11, dished out six assists and grabbed two steals. Alexander finished with a team-high seven assists, two steals and seven points.
Allard and Riley McClain scored 14 each for Scotts Hill. Zach Anglin added 10.
North Side 79, McNairy Central 52
The North Side Indians jumped on the McNairy Central Bobcats early and never looked back in a 79-52 victory on Dec. 8.
North Side led 23-17 after the first period and took a 42-31 halftime lead.
The Indians led 60-46 lead after the third quarter.
Nate Moore and Eli Yopp scored 11 points each for McNairy Central. Simon Whitaker scored 10.
Jack Johnson grabbed a team-high six rebounds for the Bobcats. Broderick Alexander dished out eight assists. Yopp, Kameron Starks and Jasper Sanders grabbed two steals each.
Ryan Easley scored 22 points to lead North Side. DeMahri Wallace and Adam Smith scored 17 points each.