Pascagoula and Gulfport displayed some fourth-quarter magic Saturday afternoon in the 23rd annual Hoopsfest at the Coast Coliseum.
Pascagoula held off hard-charging Bay High 63-61, as Jayden McCorvey scored seven straight key points in the final two minutes of regulation.
Gulfport trailed Ocean Springs entering the fourth quarter but scored the first nine points of the final period to post a 66-59 victory.
“Bay High never quits; Coach (Randy) McCrory does a great job with those guys,’’ Pascagoula coach Lorenzo Wright said. “Our guys made enough free throws and enough big plays to pull it out.
“Jayden McCorvey was big for us tonight. He’s in game no. 10 being back and getting his legs underneath him.’’
Bay High, which hit eight 3-pointers in the game, tied the contest at 55-all with 2:30 left on Toure Powell’s putback basket. McCorvey, who scored a game-high 23 points, then scored off a rebound, a layup, and made an old-fashioned three-point play to push the Panthers (15-6) back to a 61-55 advantage.
Dyasmond Booker added 12 points for Pascagoula.
Jaylan Wilson scored 19 points for the Tigers (13-10). Kesaun Laneaux had 15, Traylon Lewis 14 and Powell 11.
Both teams put on an offensive show, with the Panthers hitting seven 3-pointers.
“The background is different (in the Coliseum),’’ Wright said. “Hopefully we can make it to the state tournament where you have the same type of background.’’
Ocean Springs (16-8) led Gulfport 46-44 heading into the fourth quarter. The Admirals (11-11), which had jumped to a 9-0 lead, went on another run to open the fourth quarter and the Greyhounds struggled to keep pace.
“We got a little lead there – a cushion – and we were able to hang on,’’ Gulfport coach Owen It helped when Malcolm (Magee) fouled out. We played good with the lead. Hopefully this can propel us the last couple of weeks.’’
Derick Hall paced Gulfport with 15 points. Senior guards Juan Irias and Chad Crenshaw scored 14 and 10 points, respectively. The Admirals started two sophomores.
Sharpshooting Ryan Black led Ocean Springs with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Lance Wright added 10 and Darrien Wallace 9.
Gulfport and Ocean Springs split their season series at one game apiece.
“I thought we were focused, I thought this was a really good team effort,’’ Miller said. “We took better care of the basketball, which has been an Achilles heel for us all season.
“We’ve got guys finding their spots offensively. We’ve been playing six sophomores. Omar Christian (a sophomore) was making his first start. He played excellent, he also played well against Harrison Central.’’