High School Sports

Is any end in sight for Biloxi basketball’s unbeaten streak?

Biloxi's Robert Finklea shoots against Pascagoula during the first quarter of their game at the Biloxi High gym on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2017.
Biloxi's Robert Finklea shoots against Pascagoula during the first quarter of their game at the Biloxi High gym on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

The Biloxi Indians boys basketball team is in somewhat uncharted waters.

The Indians are typically one of the Coast’s best, but not since Isaiah Canaan led BHS to the state championship in 2009 have the Indians been 15-0 to start a season. That year, BHS pushed its streak to 16-0 before a Rodney Hood-led Meridian squad beat the Indians in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Seber Windham’s squad now finds his team in a similar spot. Thanks in part to heavy scheduling before the new year, Biloxi will have a chance to win its 16th game in this weekend’s Jackie Laird Christmas Tournament, which is Friday and Saturday at the Biloxi Sports Arena.

BHS will play 5-5 Theodore, Alabama, at 8 p.m. to cap the first day, with a nightcap against 4-5 Vigor, Alabama, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

With so much early success, playing an up-tempo brand of basketball that has relied on success from 3-point range in addition to in the paint, Windham said he’ll have to guard a bit against his players’ getting big heads.

“Right now what I’m telling the guys is just keep the car in the middle of the road. When you’ve got 16- and 17- year-olds and you’re walking around school undefeated, people will talk about you and your heads will swell a little bit,” he said. “It’s my job to crush all that, and that’s what I do every day in practice.”

With a rare week off between last Friday’s 66-55 win over Gulfport and the start of Biloxi’s holiday tournament, Windham plans to take advantage of the down time.

“We’ll get a chance to practice a little bit,” he said.

Standouts

Against Gulfport, new Sun Herald Player of the Week Dillyn Neely scored 24 points. Jordan Montgomery proved to be dangerous as well, collecting 13 points. Both have the ability to score at will from the outside, while Dontavius Proby and Roshaun Jones have also shown the scoring touch. And then there’s 6-foot-9 Robert Finklea, who also scored eight and is an imposing presence inside.

“They shoot the ball so well and play so well defensively that you can’t get behind,” Gulfport coach Owen Miller said. “They have an awfully good team.”

The post-holiday schedule won’t get any easier for Biloxi with upcoming games against Pearl, Harrison Central and Gulfport.

Jackie Laird

Below is the full Jackie Laird Christmas Tournament schedule:

Friday: Vigor vs. Long Beach, 5 p.m.; St. Martin vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 6:30 p.m.; Theodore vs. Biloxi, 8 p.m.

Saturday: Hewitt-Trussville vs. Long Beach, 2:30 p.m.; Theodore vs. St. Martin, 4 p.m.; Biloxi vs. Vigor, 5:30 p.m.

Sun Herald Boys Top 10

Team (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. Biloxi (30)

15-0

1

2. Pascaoula (27)

6-4

3

3. Harrison Central (24)

4-3

2

4. Picayune (21)

10-1

4

5. St. Martin (18)

9-3

5

6. Ocean Springs (15)

9-5

6

7. Gulfport (11)

5-6

7

8. Stone (8)

8-2

9

9. Gautier (6)

8-3

8

10. D’Iberville (5)

5-4

10

Sun Herald Girls Top 10

Team (PTS)

Record

PVS

1. Harrison Central (30)

7-2

1

2. St. Martin (27)

10-3

4

3. Pass Christian (24)

9-4

3

T4. Hancock (18)

9-3

2

T4. Ocean Springs (18)

9-3

6

T6. East Central (15)

10-4

5

T6. Biloxi (15)

10-5

T8

8. Gulfport (7)

6-5

7

9. Pearl River Central (6)

8-3

T8

10. Stone (5)

8-2

NR

Dropped out: Long Beach (0; 7-4; 10)

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