BILOXI - In the first matchup of Biloxi and Gulfport as region rivals since 2007, the Admirals picked up a crucial road win to take hold of first place in Region 8-6A.
With Gulfport's leading scorer, Keevon Oney, struggling from the field, senior Carl Terrell stepped up and scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the way in a 60-49 victory.
Gulfport improved to 15-7 and 2-1 to become the only team better than .500 in the region.
"They swept us last year," Gulfport coach Owen Miller said. "I have a world of respect for this place and (coach Seber Windham). Any time you beat these guys, you feel good. I'll sleep well tonight."
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Biloxi led 30-29 at the half and was up 39-35 with 4:36 left in the third quarter when the game began to slip away from the Indians.
Gulfport responded with a 12-0 run and led 47-41 headed into the fourth quarter.
The Indians never got within more than six points of Gulfport the rest of the way.
"I think we got some easy baskets," Miller said of his team's run. "They got eight points off run-outs in the first half and we shored that out. We didn't give up easy ones and made shots.
"That's as good as we've played all year. I'm really pleased. We had guys step up. Our leading scorer, Keevon, couldn't buy one. Terrell was fantastic. I'm just really pleased with how we played and guarded them."
Gulfport had a total of 19 assists and out-rebounded Biloxi by five.
"It was offensive rebounding and executing," Gulfport senior point guard Tyrell McArthur said. "We know Keevon can score at will, but we had his back tonight."
Biloxi also had a hard time getting its top scorer going with Fred Ramsey-Thompson only scoring a total of five points after hitting the first shot of the game, a 3-pointer.
"When your best player struggles, sometimes you can struggle a little bit," Windham said. "They did a great job defensively forcing him out his spots a little bit."
McArthur pointed to the effort of fellow senior Raekwon Murphy for keeping Ramsey-Thompson in check.
"Raekwon stepped up on D and put everything into it," McArthur said. "He wasn't so focused on offense. He was worried bout locking up Fred all night."
Murphy was the second leading scorer for Gulfport with 13 points and Alton Conerly contributed nine.
Marques McGee was Biloxi's best player with 18 points, 12 coming in the second half. Jadarius Holloway had 15 and Jordan Lewis scored 10 for the Indians (13-7, 1-2).
Gulfport will next host Harrison Central on Jan. 29 in a big region game while Biloxi will travel to Moss Point Tuesday.
GIRLS: Aarmanii McDaniel had a huge game with 17 points and 24 rebounds as the Gulfport girls picked up a 67-53 victory over rival Biloxi Friday night.
Gulfport entered the half with a 33-22 advantage and McDaniel scored eight points in the third quarter to help the Lady Admirals build an insurmountable 51-37 advantage after three quarters.
"She's playing really well for us right now," Gulfport coach Donny Fuller said. "She's rebounding. She's scoring doing a lot of positive things for us and playing a lot of minutes."
Amyjah Hardnett added 12 points and Madisyn Collier contributed 11 for the Lady Admirals (15-8, 2-1).
Breanna Riley scored a game high of 20 points for the Lady Indians (6-13, 1-2).