Ocean Springs overcame the loss of its leading scorer to take over first place in Region 7-6A.
Ryan Black scored 29 points as the Greyhounds beat D’Iberville 71-56 on Friday night in Ocean Springs.
The Greyhounds (14-7, 3-0) played without Malcolm Magee, the Louisiana Lafayette football commitment who was on a recruiting trip to Colorado State. Magee averages 15 points and eight rebounds a game.
“Malcolm’s the heart and soul of our team,” Greyhounds coach Matt Noblitt said. “That was the unknown entering the game: how we’d react playing without him tonight.”
The Warriors jumped out to a 13-2 lead as Shamond Hoye had five of his 10 points. Ocean Springs missed four of its first five shots and D'Iberville took advantage.
Ocean Springs, however, recovered to outscore D'Iberville 10-4 to close within 17-12. Black had seven points in the run.
The Greyhounds hit three straight three-point shots to a grab a 21-17 lead two minutes into the second quarter. Black hit two straight three-pointers for the Greyhounds, who led 34-26 at halftime.
“We always start off slow,” Black said. “Once we start hitting shots and the crowd roared. Our home crowd gave us energy. We started making shots and starting playing defense.”
Black’s hot shooting continued, scoring 14 points in the third quarter as the Greyhounds led 62-36.
“Once we started hitting shots, it carried over,” Noblitt said. “We’re a three-point shooting team. We play to our strengths.”
Darien Wallace and Gavin Guidry each scored 11 points for the Greyhounds, who plays Pascagoula in a crucial Region 7-6A contest on Tuesday night.
Clint Hawkins led the Warriors (10-8, 0-2) with 22 points.
Ocean Springs girls 46, D’Iberville 30: The Lady Greyhounds jumped out to a 12-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. D’Iberville missed its first eight shots and had four turnovers.
Mikyah Mack led Ocean Springs with 22 points.