Ocean Springs raced out to a first quarter lead, and weathered two comeback attempts by Long Beach to pick up a 64-59 victory Tuesday night at the Billy G. Hubbard Gymnasium at Ocean Springs High School.
Led by two 3-pointers from Malcolm Magee and six points each from Jake Jones and Dalen McDonald, Ocean Springs raced out to a 22-10 lead after one quarter. Long Beach stormed back in the second quarter to cut the Greyhounds' lead to 32-27 at the half.
In the fourth quarter, Long Beach whittled the Ocean Springs lead to as little as three in the closing minutes before the Greyhounds hit several free throws to pull away late.
"After letting them hang in there with some fouls and turnovers, we got some rebounds and key stops down the stretch," Ocean Springs coach Matt Noblitt said.
Magee led all Greyhound scorers with 18 points, and Jones chipped in 12. Tim Lacey scored 18 for Long Beach, and Monta Davis added 17 for the Bearcats.
In girls action, the Greyhounds picked up a 75-22 victory over Long Beach. Ocean Springs raced out to a 21-9 lead after one quarter, and they expanded that lead to 38-14 at the end of the first half. After allowing eight Long Beach points in the third quarter, Ocean Springs held the Bearcats scoreless in the fourth.
Whitney Gipson led the Greyhounds with 22 points. D.J. Blackston contributed 17 points as did Paige Dumas. Dougless St. Amant picked up a double double, scoring ten for Ocean Springs and pulling down ten rebounds. Nicole Brock led Long Beach with 15 points.