JACKSON — Pass Christian's pursuit of a Class 3A boys title came to an end this afternoon in Jackson.
Velma Jackson's Moses Greenwood hit a single free throw in overtime to clip Pass Christian, 37-36, in a semifinal match at the Mississippi Coliseum.
Pass Christian junior Dimitri Cook's shot attempt just missed its mark as time ran out in overtime.
The Pirates couldn't quite overcome a rough first half that led to an 18-8 deficit at halftime. The Pirates scored no points in the first quarter and trailed 5-0 after the first eight minutes.
We've had a handful of games this year scattered through the middle part of the season when we struggled scoring, Pass Christian coach Buddy Kennedy said. I felt like we showed some mental toughness to come back. But we had to fight up hill. We kind of relaxed a little bit in the second half.
Cook was the lone Pirate to score in double digits with 15 points to go along with a game-high four assists.
It was a great season, Cook said. We worked hard every day.
Kendarius Smith led Velma Jackson, the No. 1 seed out of the north, with 15 points while Greenwood put in 12 points and eight assists.
Pass Christian (25-8) now begins the transition back to Class 4A after spending two years in 3A.
I think we'll be fine, Kennedy said. The last 4A game we played was for the 4A state championship. I think we'll be fine. We've got some good young guys coming up. Of course, we're losing a really good group of seniors that have been with us a long time. We'll be young next year, but we'll put in a lot of work between now and next year.
Velma Jackson improved to 26-8 with the win and will play the winner of tonight's Forest-Booneville game at 2:30 p.m. on Friday for the 3A state title.