EMCC Hoops opens season with Sweep


SCOOBA — The East Mississippi Com­munity College basketball teams suc­cessfully tipped off their respective 2021-22 seasons with a home double­header sweep on Monday, Nov. 1 at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Following the Lady Lions’ decisive 80-51 win over Holmes, the Lions capped the night by claiming a hard-earned 74-71 men’s vic­tory over Copiah-Lincoln.

On Thursday the EMCC Lions dropped a hard-fought 70-65 home men’s deci­sion to Northwest Mississippi, while the Lady Lions fell, 65-50, at Coahoma dur­ing Thursday’s MACCC basketball ac­tion.

Coach Billy Begley’s 1-1 EMCC men’s squad was set to resume MACCC play Monday (Nov. 8) at Holmes before com­peting in Vincennes University’s McDon­ald’s Classic, Nov. 12-13, in Indiana, where the Lions will meet the host VU Trailblazers on Friday (6 p.m. CT) before taking on preseason sixth-ranked John A. Logan College on Saturday (4 p.m. CT).

Coach Sharon Thompson’s 1-1 EMCC Lady Lions will travel to Northwest Mis­sissippi for a Monday (Nov. 8) contest before returning home to play host to Itawamba on Thursday (Nov. 11). Tip-off time for the EMCC-ICC women’s game is set for 5:30 p.m. at Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.

In scoring the game’s first four points in the season opener, the EMCC women led from start to finish and mounted a 15-point advantage (19-4) midway through the opening quarter. The Lady Lions’ 26-14 lead following the first 10 minutes of play more than doubled to 25 points (45-20) after a 10-0 run was capped by made 3-pointers from Shakira Wilson and Markiema Lancaster.

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