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Red-hot Pascagoula holds off D'Iberville

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Pascagoula's Jacques Belford puts up a shot against D'Iberville during the second quarter of their Hoopsfest game at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Saturday Jan. 30, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Pascagoula's Jacques Belford puts up a shot against D'Iberville during the second quarter of their Hoopsfest game at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Saturday Jan. 30, 2016. SUN HERALD

BILOXI - Red-hot Pascagoula won its eighth game in a row Saturday afternoon, rolling past D'Iberville 51-43 at HoopsFest in the Coast Coliseum.

Saturday's win marked the second time this season that Pascagoula (18-4) has put together an eight-game winning streak.

Darius Johnson paced the Panthers with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and four rebounds. Jacques Belford chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds while Illyan Scott had six rebounds in the paint.

Zach Scales and Malik Hubbard each scored 11 points for D'Iberville (16-9), which lost its sixth straight game.

"This is our second eight-game winning streak of the year,'' Pascagoula coach Ron Norman said. "I've got to credit the kids. Off a tough one last night (a 53-40 win over West Harrison), we are learning

how to win different ways.

"We're normally a get-after it, all up-and-down the floor pressing team. We had to zone press today because they have four guards that we couldn't stay in front of. But our kids played with length and we held them at bay for most of the game.''

Pascagoula led 14-7 after the first quarter and 24-16 at halftime.

Kyle Winters' 3-pointer narrowed the Pascagoula lead to 33-29 after three quarters. But D'Iberville could get no closer as the Panthers hit free throws, forced turnovers and 6-foot-4 senior Illyan Scott played an enforcer on the boards.

"Darius Johnson was shooting it really well,'' Norman said. "Illyan Scott, while not scoring, was wreaking havoc on the defensive end. It's a team effort. There were the guys coming off the bench. Ty Howell hit a 3 and it was big (at the end of the first quarter).

"We love that about (Scott). He will guard even if he is not scoring. Scoring for him is second to being a defensive presence for us I think our defense is where it needs to be.''

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