Mississippi Gulf Coast blitzed visiting Southern-Shreveport in the first half, leading by as many as 35 on the way to a 90-49 win in the MGCCC Thanksgiving Classic finale.
“We guarded really well,” Bulldogs coach Wendell Weathers said. “Our defense was really good in the first half. We are learning to play defense. We are learning to run our offense. When we do those two things, we have a chance to be pretty doggone good.”
Davion Cole-Johnson had 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (5-1). Zach Parker chipped in 17 points, with Tedrian Brisco adding 18 and Winston Morgan scoring 10.
“We’re well rounded,” Brisco said. “We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of people who can do different things. That makes us a good team.”
Gulf Coast exploded out of the gate with a 16-0 run that made it 21-6 before reeling off another 16 in row. The Bulldogs would lead by as many as 35 in the first half.
Brisco had six straight in the first run, then Zach Parker had 10 straight Gulf Coast points sandwiched around Southern-Shreveport’s only bucket during a 10-minute stretch.
The Bulldogs led 46-16 at halftime and extended the lead in the second. It came against a Jaguars team that had scored 60 in the first half of a win over Faulkner State the day before.
“That’s been the thing we had to fix,” Weathers said. “We scored 85 over at Baton Rouge last week and lost. We scored 84 last night and won by 18. What’s the difference? Our defense.”
Gulf Coast returns to action Monday when the William Carey JV visits the Weathers-Wentzell Center. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.