Fred Ramsey-Thompson and Mike Burbridge are the keys to Biloxi High having a successful basketball season.
After combining for just one point in the first half, the two combined to score 19 second-half points as the Indians beat Murphy of Mobile 51-44 on the first day of the Jackie Laird Tournament on Friday at the Biloxi Sports Arena.
“Ramsey-Thompson and Burbridge are going to have to carry us this year,” said Biloxi coach Seber Windham. “Our two bigs are going to have to come up big for us to win. We were sluggish in the first half.”
Although the Indians’ inside game disappeared in the opening half, Austin Cooley and Martell Turner came out hot in the first quarter. Cooley made three 3-pointers and Turner added a fourth.
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While Biloxi put up the threes, the basket was covered. After hitting four long-distant shots in the first quarter, the Indians (10-2) wouldn’t make another 3-point attempt until Dontavious Proby’s trey 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Although the Indians had trouble scoring, they led 19-18 at the half. The game was tied at 30 after three quarters.
Action heated up in the final period. Michael Jefferson started a Panthers outburst with an alley-oop dunk off an inbound pass 10 seconds into the final quarter. Jefferson, who had not scored in the first three quarters, followed his dunk with a layup at the 7:12 mark to give Murphy a 34-33 lead.
Neil Farrell, a 295-pound defensive tackle headed to LSU, followed with a strong basket and Jefferson scored as Murphy led 38-33 with 6:29 left. The Panthers hit their first four shots of the fourth quarter.
Behind Ramsey-Thompson, Burbridge, and Proby, the Indians got hot as Murphy cooled down. The Panthers hit just two of their final 10 shots.
Cooley led Biloxi with 15 points. Ramsey-Thompson added 11 points. Burbridge and Proby scored nine points each.
Ronitrick Welch led Murphy with 12 points.
Theodore (Alabama) 49, St. Martin 44: Cameron Preston intercepted St. Martin’s inbound pass with five seconds left to play to seal Theodore’s win over the Yellow Jackets in the opening game of the tournament.
St. Martin entered the final quarter leading 38-35, but went cold over the final eight minutes, hitting only 2-of-8 field goals and going 3-for-9 from the line with four turnovers.
D.Q. Gaudin responded to a Bobcats basket with a layup for St. Martin with 7:12 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets (9-4) would not hit another field goal until Tres Kennedy made a layup with 34 seconds left to play.
The field goal drought allowed Theodore (9-4) to take control of the game with a 9-2 run.
“We’ve struggled offensively this year,” said Bobcats coach Philip Roebling. “We relied on our defense to get us back into the game. At the half, I told my team we could live with two points, but don’t give up any threes.”
Hunter Preston led Theodore with 18 points. Frederick Edwards finished with 14 points. Cameron Preston added 11.
Daetren Bevins scored nine to lead St. Martin. Gaudin and Jariyon Wilkins added eight points each.
“Offensively, we played well enough to win, but we missed too many free throws and gave up too many uncontested layups,” St. Martin coach Charlie Pavlus said.