MOSS POINT -- The Pascagoula and Moss Point boys basketball teams will battle for the season series when they meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Pascagoula.
The Pascagoula High School gymnasium should be buzzing tonight with Moss Point star guard Devin Booker set to take on his team's most hated rival for the final time.
The Moss Point-Pascagoula game is one of the most intense contests on the Coast, and it will only be heightened today by the fact that the game features two of the hottest basketball teams in the state.
Pascagoula is on a 12-game winning streak with an 18-6 overall mark while Moss Point is 14-3 and has won 11 of the last 13 contests.
"It's going to be very intense," Moss Point coach Melvin Booker said. "It's always intense - the Moss Point-Pascagoula game. It's exciting to be a part of it. I try to tell my kids to go out there and enjoy the process. The gym is going to be crowded. I know (Pascagoula coach Ronald Norman) is going to have his boys ready. It's going to be a nice, physical, intense game."
In the first game this season between the two teams, Moss Point beat Pascagoula, 60-51, on Dec. 6 as Devin Booker earned his first career victory over the rival Panthers.
Devin Booker didn't have a huge scoring effort against Pascagoula in the first contest, but he had one of his more well-rounded games of the season with 21 points and 21 rebounds.
Pascagoula took the 71-53 victory in the second match-up with Moss Point in a neutral court setting at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi during the Hoopfest tournament.
Moss Point jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the game, but Devin Booker's 24 points were not enough to hold off the Panthers.
Bobby Nettles led Pascagoula with 22 points in the winning effort.
Devin Booker is averaging 31 points a game this season, and he's feeling good about where his team stands headed into the late stages of the campaign.
"We're in really good shape," he said. "We finished No. 1 in the district. That was one of our goals and we accomplished it undefeated. We're in good position. We just have to stay humble and keep playing. We can't settle for that. We have bigger goals past that."
Both Pascagoula and Moss Point went undefeated in division play and will be heavy favorites to win their division tournaments next week.
Pascagoula will begin Division 7-5A tournament play against East Central on Tuesday. Moss Point will wait until Thursday for its first tournament game because of a first-round bye.