BILOXI - Fred Ramsey-Thompson said his game was a little off against Pass Christian at Hoopfest Saturday.
However, the junior forward came up big in the last 2:18, hitting all four of his free throws down the stretch - the last two with three seconds left in the game - to lead Biloxi to a 59-54 win over the Pirates.
Thompson finished with 11 points, along with Martell Turner for the Indians (16-7).
"Those free throws sealed the game for us," Thompson said.
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"In a close game, it's going to come down to free throws," said Indians coach Seber Windham. "We hit just enough free throws to take over late."
"It was a physical game," said Pass Christian coach Buddy Kennedy. "There were a lot of little things late, but if we shot well from the free throw line, we would have been ok."
The physical game saw the two teams combine for 49 fouls with five players - three for Pass Christian and two for Biloxi - fouling out of the game. However, the Pirates' casualties late were key as first Jaylen Peters and then Aaron Whavers fouled out for Pass Christian (18-6). Maliq Leaks scored 11 points for Pass Christian.
Peters left the game after scoring 10 points, but had hit 6-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter.
"He was one of the few guys that was shooting free throws well and he was attacking the basket," Kennedy said. "We also lost a lot on size. Biloxi's size hurt us and he is our tallest player."
Whavers fouled out a few seconds later with a team-high 16 points. "That's two of our senior leaders," Kennedy said. "Their loss hurt us down the stretch."
The Indians had their entire roster for the first time this season.
"We have played through a lot of adversity this year," Windham said. "We are starting to play good, fundamental basketball. If you play good, fundamental basketball, the wins take care of themselves."