Biloxi ninth-grade basketball team had its first unbeaten season in 20 years.
The Indians completed a 18-0 season, beating Gulfport 52-45 in the Region Four/ Gulf Coast Championship. Biloxi was coached by Michael Reese, a member of Alcorn State Sports hall of fame. Biloxi also won the Hardwood Holiday Classic Tournament.
"This is a tremendous honor," Reese said. "We are the first team since the 1980's era with Coach Jesse Ratliff to go undefeated for an entire ninth grade basketball season in Biloxi. I think that this team is the best ninth Grade team in the state.
"If the players continue to work hard and stay together, they could become varsity state champions someday. We approached every game this year as a championship game no matter who the opponent was. We played everyone that we were allowed to play from Hattiesburg to the Coast."