Hattiesburg blows out Pearl River Central, 67-29

By ANDREW ABADIE,

In a span of three minutes midway through the second quarter, Hattiesburg’s fast-paced and explosive offense came up with three dunks. 

 

Pearl River Central had no answer for the Tigers’ offense as Hattiesburg came away with 67-29 win and secured the 5A Region 7 regular-season title.

 

According to Hattiesburg head coach Ernie Watson, securing the regular-season title was one of two goals the team accomplished on the night. The other was making sure to play well in front of the Tigers’ two state championship teams that were present to honor former Hattiesburg coach Johnny Hurt. 

 

“We had these special guests and we wanted to give them a show,” Watson said. “The second thing is that we wanted to be 6-0 in the division. That was the biggest thing we wanted to be 6-0, so we could be the No. 1 seed. The bottom-line goal was to get out quickly and make sure they didn’t have a chance to beat us.”

 

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) opened the game with an 11-0 run and finished the first quarter with a 19-2 lead. The opening quarter allowed for Hattiesburg to never look and quickly pull away with the win. 

 

Cameron Brown spearheaded the Tigers’ offense with a team-leading 16 points and played a vital role in owning PRC (15-10, 0-6) through the fastbreak. 

 

“There’s a reason why [Brown] is a dandy dozen; there is a reason why he is our leader, so we are going to follow him,” Watson said. “When he is in a good mood, we are going to play well. 

 

[The fast break is] key with our team. If you can make us play at the half-court we struggle a little bit. If we can get out and run and get those guards going up and down on the floor, we’re pretty tough then.” 

 

Defensively, Hattiesburg’s goal was to stop the Devils’ top three scorers of Kelton Seal, Tyaon Tenell and Caden Thompson.

 

“We just manned up [on defense],” Watson said. We wanted to take away their best players which are [Seal, [Tenell] and [Thompson] That’s their best three scorers. If anybody else scores, then that’s a bonus for us because we want them to shoot because a high percentage is not going to shoot it. We wanted to make sure [they] were on the wraps.”

 

By the end of the night, the trio combined for 12 points. 

 

Hattiesburg will host Laurel on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and then close the season with Petal in Feb. 6. 

 

“Next week will be a good test,” Watson said. “We have got Laurel and Petal, so those two games in three nights will let us know where we are.”

 

Hattiesburg 67, Pearl River Central 29

At Hattiesburg 

 

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) – Chris Lewis 1 1-4 3, Nick Walker 5 0-0 10, Cameron Brown 7 1-1 16, Jayden Harrell 4 0-0 9, Alex Jordan 2 1-2 5, Malik Moore 4 0-0 11, Ivory Stallings 3 0-1 8, Walton Thompson 1 1-3 3, Jerry Burkett 0 0-1 0. Field Goals: 27, Free Throws: 4-12, Total Points: 69

 

Pearl River Central (15-10, 0-6) – Kelton Seal 2 3-4 7, Brady Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tyaon Terrell 0 0-0 0, Eli Rawls 1 0-0 3, Connor Tyres 3 2-5 8, Trevor Stromeyer 0 0-2 0, Tyce Yarborough 1 0-0 2, Landon Kennedy 0 1-2 1, Deontra James 1 0-0 3, Caden Thompson 2 0-0 5. Field Goals: 10, Free Throws: 6-13, Total Points: 27. 

 

HA       19        19        16        13        –          69

PRC      2          7          6          14        –          29

 

3-pointers – HA 6 (Moore 3, Stallings 2, Brown), PRC 3 (Rawls, James, Thompson). Total Fouls: HA 7, PRC 9. Fouled Out: None. 

 

 

In a span of three minutes midway through the second quarter, Hattiesburg’s fast-paced and explosive offense came up with three dunks.

Pearl River Central had no answer for the Tigers’ offense as Hattiesburg came away with 67-29 win and secured the 5A Region 7 regular-season title.

According to Hattiesburg head coach Ernie Watson, securing the regular-season title was one of two goals the team accomplished on the night. The other was making sure to play well in front of the Tigers’ two state championship teams that were present to honor former Hattiesburg coach Johnny Hurt.

“We had these special guests and we wanted to give them a show,” Watson said. “The second thing is that we wanted to be 6-0 in the division. That was the biggest thing we wanted to be 6-0, so we could be the No. 1 seed. The bottom-line goal was to get out quickly and make sure they didn’t have a chance to beat us.”

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) opened the game with an 11-0 run and finished the first quarter with a 19-2 lead. The opening quarter allowed for Hattiesburg to never look and quickly pull away with the win.

Cameron Brown spearheaded the Tigers’ offense with a team-leading 16 points and played a vital role in owning PRC (15-10, 0-6) through the fastbreak.

“There’s a reason why [Brown] is a dandy dozen; there is a reason why he is our leader, so we are going to follow him,” Watson said. “When he is in a good mood, we are going to play well.

[The fast break is] key with our team. If you can make us play at the half-court we struggle a little bit. If we can get out and run and get those guards going up and down on the floor, we’re pretty tough then.”

Defensively, Hattiesburg’s goal was to stop the Devils’ top three scorers of Kelton Seal, Tyaon Tenell and Caden Thompson.

“We just manned up [on defense],” Watson said. We wanted to take away their best players which are [Seal, [Tenell] and [Thompson] That’s their best three scorers. If anybody else scores, then that’s a bonus for us because we want them to shoot because a high percentage is not going to shoot it. We wanted to make sure [they] were on the wraps.”

By the end of the night, the trio combined for 12 points.

Hattiesburg will host Laurel on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and then close the season with Petal in Feb. 6.

“Next week will be a good test,” Watson said. “We have got Laurel and Petal, so those two games in three nights will let us know where we are.”

Hattiesburg 67, Pearl River Central 29

At Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) – Chris Lewis 1 1-4 3, Nick Walker 5 0-0 10, Cameron Brown 7 1-1 16, Jayden Harrell 4 0-0 9, Alex Jordan 2 1-2 5, Malik Moore 4 0-0 11, Ivory Stallings 3 0-1 8, Walton Thompson 1 1-3 3, Jerry Burkett 0 0-1 0. Field Goals: 27, Free Throws: 4-12, Total Points: 69

Pearl River Central (15-10, 0-6) – Kelton Seal 2 3-4 7, Brady Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tyaon Terrell 0 0-0 0, Eli Rawls 1 0-0 3, Connor Tyres 3 2-5 8, Trevor Stromeyer 0 0-2 0, Tyce Yarborough 1 0-0 2, Landon Kennedy 0 1-2 1, Deontra James 1 0-0 3, Caden Thompson 2 0-0 5. Field Goals: 10, Free Throws: 6-13, Total Points: 27.

HA  19 19 16 13  – 69

PRC 2 7 6 14  – 29

3-pointers – HA 6 (Moore 3, Stallings 2, Brown), PRC 3 (Rawls, James, Thompson). Total Fouls: HA 7, PRC 9. Fouled Out: None.

In a span of three minutes midway through the second quarter, Hattiesburg’s fast-paced and explosive offense came up with three dunks.

Pearl River Central had no answer for the Tigers’ offense as Hattiesburg came away with 67-29 win and secured the 5A Region 7 regular-season title.

According to Hattiesburg head coach Ernie Watson, securing the regular-season title was one of two goals the team accomplished on the night. The other was making sure to play well in front of the Tigers’ two state championship teams that were present to honor former Hattiesburg coach Johnny Hurt.

“We had these special guests and we wanted to give them a show,” Watson said. “The second thing is that we wanted to be 6-0 in the division. That was the biggest thing we wanted to be 6-0, so we could be the No. 1 seed. The bottom-line goal was to get out quickly and make sure they didn’t have a chance to beat us.”

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) opened the game with an 11-0 run and finished the first quarter with a 19-2 lead. The opening quarter allowed for Hattiesburg to never look and quickly pull away with the win.

Cameron Brown spearheaded the Tigers’ offense with a team-leading 16 points and played a vital role in owning PRC (15-10, 0-6) through the fastbreak.

“There’s a reason why [Brown] is a dandy dozen; there is a reason why he is our leader, so we are going to follow him,” Watson said. “When he is in a good mood, we are going to play well.

[The fast break is] key with our team. If you can make us play at the half-court we struggle a little bit. If we can get out and run and get those guards going up and down on the floor, we’re pretty tough then.”

Defensively, Hattiesburg’s goal was to stop the Devils’ top three scorers of Kelton Seal, Tyaon Tenell and Caden Thompson.

“We just manned up [on defense],” Watson said. We wanted to take away their best players which are [Seal, [Tenell] and [Thompson] That’s their best three scorers. If anybody else scores, then that’s a bonus for us because we want them to shoot because a high percentage is not going to shoot it. We wanted to make sure [they] were on the wraps.”

By the end of the night, the trio combined for 12 points.

Hattiesburg will host Laurel on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and then close the season with Petal in Feb. 6.

“Next week will be a good test,” Watson said. “We have got Laurel and Petal, so those two games in three nights will let us know where we are.”

 

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Hattiesburg 67, Pearl River Central 29

At Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg (20-5, 6-0) – Chris Lewis 1 1-4 3, Nick Walker 5 0-0 10, Cameron Brown 7 1-1 16, Jayden Harrell 4 0-0 9, Alex Jordan 2 1-2 5, Malik Moore 4 0-0 11, Ivory Stallings 3 0-1 8, Walton Thompson 1 1-3 3, Jerry Burkett 0 0-1 0. Field Goals: 27, Free Throws: 4-12, Total Points: 69

Pearl River Central (15-10, 0-6) – Kelton Seal 2 3-4 7, Brady Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tyaon Terrell 0 0-0 0, Eli Rawls 1 0-0 3, Connor Tyres 3 2-5 8, Trevor Stromeyer 0 0-2 0, Tyce Yarborough 1 0-0 2, Landon Kennedy 0 1-2 1, Deontra James 1 0-0 3, Caden Thompson 2 0-0 5. Field Goals: 10, Free Throws: 6-13, Total Points: 27.

HA  19 19 16 13  – 69

PRC 2 7 6 14  – 29

3-pointers – HA 6 (Moore 3, Stallings 2, Brown), PRC 3 (Rawls, James, Thompson). Total Fouls: HA 7, PRC 9. Fouled Out: None.