Yazoo County (MS), Centennial (CA), NSU (FL) University, Memphis Wooddale, Raymond (MS), and Fort Bend Hightower (TX) all score victories Saturday

The Pine Bluff Zebras lost to Yazoo County (Miss.) 64-55 Saturday at the King Cotton Holiday Classic at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

A major factor in Pine Bluff’s loss was its ragged play throughout the game. Pine Bluff never found a rhythm offensively in what was a fast-paced affair. Though Yazoo County was also sloppy, it did enough late in the game – building a 10-point fourth quarter lead – to earn the victory.

In the first half the Panthers (9-4) got 10 points from guard Lakevion Dixon. As a result, Yazoo County got into a comfort zone and grabbed a 28-23 halftime lead.

Right before time expired in the third, Yazoo County’s Kejuan Frierson dribbled full speed down the court and banked in a shot increasing the Ranger lead to 46-39 heading into the final quarter.

Throughout the fourth, the Zebras remained within striking distance of Yazoo County.

With 2:31 left to play, Martarious Burrell made a pair of free throws increasing the Panther lead to 55-45. The 10-point cushion was the largest advantage for either team.

Pine Bluff (3-3) later cut the Panthers’ lead to seven with under a minute remaining but could not get any closer.

Burrell scored a game high 25 points while Jordan Harris’ 14 led the Zebras in scoring.

Centennial (Calif.) 58,

Jacksonville 54

The Jacksonville Titans got off to a slow start and also finished the game struggling as they lost to the Centennial (Calif.) Huskies by four in the semifinal round of the King Cotton Holiday Classic Saturday.

Jacksonville, which had only nine points after the first quarter, went on a spurt later in the half to carry a 31-29 lead into the half.

Early in the third, Centennial went on a run and snatched the lead away from Jacksonville. For the remainder of the game the Huskies found ways to stay in position to get the victory. When time expired, the team from Corona, Calif., had earned a 4-point win.

Davonte Davis and Ryan Maxwell scored 12 points apiece for the Titans. As for Centennial, which advanced to Monday’s championship game, Dawson Paris led the way with 14.

NSU (Fla.) University High 62,

Orr (Chicago) Academy 48

Behind 17 points apiece from Roger MacFarlane and Taylor Hendricks, the NSU University High Sharks clinched a berth to the King Cotton Holiday Classic final by defeating Orr Academy, of Chicago 62-48.

Sharks held a 28-21 lead at the intermission. However, the Spartans (6-5) found a groove in the third and outscored NSU 13-5 in the third to carry a 34-33 lead into the final quarter.

With both teams giving maximum effort, NSU (9-4) figured things out. Meanwhile, Orr’s players were visibly fatigued in a game it suddenly trailed by 10 with just under three minutes left to play. The Sharks would win by 14.

Meadows led Orr with 14 points scored while Hall added 11.

Memphis Wooddale 81,

Bryant 72

The Bryant Hornets got off to a great start in their King Cotton Holiday Classic game against Memphis Wooddale Saturday. However, it wasn’t enough as the Cardinals controlled the third and fourth quarters on their way to an 81-72 victory.

Behind solid play from Treylon Payne who had eight points in the first, the Hornets held a 22-16 lead. Bryant continued to excel in the second period as it made open shots and competed with lots of energy. At the half, the Cardinals trailed Bryant 42-32.

In the third, Wooddale came out of the locker-room and became the aggressor on both ends of the floor. That led to it claiming the momentum and building a 57-53 lead by the end of the quarter. In the fourth, the Hornets saw the Wooddale lead swell to as much as 12 in their loss.

Cam Hunter led Bryant in scoring with 21 while Payne had 15.

Jonathan Lawson was Wooddale’s scoring leader finishing with 27. Jalen Brown finished with 20 points.

Raymond (Miss.) 73,

Little Rock Parkview 69 (OT)

Parkview got off to a great start in its King Cotton Holiday Classic game against the Raymond (Miss.) Rangers Saturday building a 20-9 lead.

However, the Patriots couldn’t maintain the advantage losing by four.

The two evenly matched teams raced up-and-down the floor throughout the afternoon. Ultimately, that led to an entertaining game that wasn’t decided until overtime.

In the extra session, the Rangers grabbed a 70-69 lead when Keith Miller made a shot from the free-throw line with 46.1 seconds left to play. Miller’s free throw was the final point scored in this game.

Raymond continued to tightly defend the Patriots as it held on for the victory.

The Rangers trapped the ball to help it erase an early fourth quarter deficit and eventually take the lead twice in the final minutes. Parkview and Raymond went back-and-forth making clutch shots and defensive stops. That led to an extra session being played as the two teams were tied at 63 when time expired in the fourth.

Jabarie Robinson scored 25 to lead the way for Raymond. Parkview’s Cameron Wallace had a game high 27 and Keylon Harris had 15.

Fort Bend Hightower (Texas) 76,

Dollarway 32

The Cardinals struggled against the pressure and fast pace set by Fort Bend Hightower.

The team from Missouri City, Texas never trailed rolling to a dominant victory.

The Hurricanes, which built a 19-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, were led in scoring by Bryce Griggs who had 20 points. Dollarway got a boost from Prince Okojie who had 11 points.