Northwest Suffers Gut-Wrenching Loss to EMCC in Region Finals
March 10, 2013By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
CLINTON – The word gut-wrenching would be an understatement. Northwest put it all on the line Saturday night at A.E. Wood Coliseum in the Region XXIII Finals versus East Mississippi but fell just short, 66-62.
East Mississippi's Trey Brown hit the go-ahead 3-pointer, his only made field goal of the second half, as part of a 7-1 run for the Lions over the final 27 seconds as they escaped Clinton with a fourth consecutive championship to earn an automatic berth into the NJCAA Tournament.
In a frantic championship game that saw seven ties and 16 lead changes, neither team led by more than six on the night. EMCC's largest lead was six at the 17:25-mark of the first, while Northwest led by as many as five with 17:25 to play in the game.
The game was tied at 26-all at the half, with neither team shooting extremely well. The final 20 minutes were similar to the first, with the game trading 10 lead changes.
Trailing 58-55 with 3:39 to play, Domonique Harris scored six consecutive points for the Rangers and put them back in front 61-58 with 1:33 to play.
Jarekious Bradley pulled the game within 61-60 after a pair of made free throws to setup the wild finish.
Charles Eaton missed the second of two free throws after a take foul to give Northwest a 62-60 lead with 20.3 ticks left before Brown's 3-pointer on the other end over the outstretched hand of DeMarcus McVay put EMCC in front 63-62 with 10.9 seconds to play. The ensuing inbounds pass was then stolen by Nick Giles and he stepped to the line and hit both.
Northwest was led by Harris with 15 points and eight rebounds in addition to 13 from Eaton and 12 from McVay. Rashon Coleman added eight big points off the bench.
EMCC was led by Bradley's 14 points and 10 from the hero of the game, Trey Brown.
Northwest owned a slim 38-36 percent edge on field goal percentage, whereas EMCC had a 49-35 edge on the glass and used 29 points off its bench.
A nice tournament run saw the Rangers end their season at 19-8 overall.