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Harrison Central runs past Hancock for 67-55 win

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Harrison Central's Anthony Barnett passes the ball while being pressured by Hancock High's Aaron Feazelle on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Harrison Central defeated Hancock, 67-55.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Harrison Central's Anthony Barnett passes the ball while being pressured by Hancock High's Aaron Feazelle on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Harrison Central defeated Hancock, 67-55. SUN HERALD

LYMAN - When the Harrison Central boys basketball team is it at its best, they become the running Red Rebels.

Harrison Central raced past Hancock for a 67-55 win Tuesday night thanks to a strong second half on offense.

"I told them in the beginning that we came out really slow," Harrison Central coach Francisco Hardy said. "We needed to pick up the pace because we were playing right into Hancock's style of basketball."

The Red Rebels responded.

Senior point guard Biscuit Floyd, a Gulfport transfer, kept the Red Rebels moving at point guard and sophomore Dayquan Perkins was a strong force in the frontcourt.

Perkins had 21 points for the Red Rebels and Floyd had 16, including three 3-pointers in the first half to help the Red Rebels lead 28-22 at halftime.

Harrison Central improved to 7-8 and 1-1 in Region 8-6A while Hancock dropped to 10-6 and 0-1 with the start of region competition for the Hawks.

"It was penetrate, kick, get open shots and cut the to the goal," Perkins said. "It was a fast, fast game. That's our style of game."

The lightning quick Floyd does a good job of keeping up the speed on offense for the Red Rebels and that pace led to several easy baskets for Perkins in the frontcourt in the second half

Harrison Central stayed within striking distance well into the third quarter, but eight consecutive points from Perkins midway through the third helped the Red Rebels hold a 44-32 lead after three quarters.

"Dayquan is a gifted sophomore and we've started to use him more in the offense," Hardy said.

 

Another sophomore, guard Dajon Whitworth, scored the final five points of the first half to give the Red Rebels the 12-point margin headed into the fourth quarter. Whitworth finished with 10 points.

Tyler Butler led Hancock with 15 points. Colby Entriken added 13 points and Justin Ladner had 11.

Malik Blackston also hit double digits with 10 points for the Red Rebels, who host rival Gulfport on Friday night.

Hancock will host Biloxi Friday night to continue region play.

GIRLS: The Harrison Central and Hancock girls were also in a tight battle for much of the night in their game, but the Red Rebelettes out-scored Hancock 31-2 in the fourth quarter for a 71-36 win.

Adyn Strickland scored 21 points to lead the Red Rebelettes. Chyna Allen added 15 and Keyshauna Johnson had 14.

"Adyn has been phenomenal." Harrison Central coach Nancy Ladner said. "She is a battler. If you ever need someone to go to war for you, she's there. She's consistent. We can expect at least 18 to 20 points a game from her."

Hancock jumped out to a 12-4 run to start the game and led 15-14 after one quarter.

Harrison Central, which improved to 9-6, led 40-34 after three quarters and went on the big run to close out the victory.

"We just had a sluggish start," Ladner said. "We just hadn't been playing well at the beginning of the game and we just had to pick it up. They don't pick it up until the fourth quarter. If we keep that up, it's not going to pay off for us."

Madison Ladner led Hancock with 15 points.

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