The South Panola Tigers competed in the J.Z. George Invitational Basketball Tournament and walked away the clear cut winners.
After the Tigers got started in each of their games, they didn’t have any anxious moments or have to stage any comeback wins.
The Tigers defeated each team by at least 29 points.
Against Winona Wednesday night the Tigers won 61-27. Thursday night they downed Montgomery county 80-31. The team they had the most trouble with was J.Z. George Saturday in the championship game. South Panola won 56-27.
Against Winona the Tigers jumped out to an 18-0 first quarter lead and led 35-9 at halftime. Going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers led 55-19.
Joseph Hankins was the game’s high scorer with 14 points which included two slam dunks, five rebounds, a steal and a block.
Tiger Anthony Nelson chipped in 12 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Also scoring in double figures was Shawn Daniel with 10 points, an assist, seven rebounds and four blocks.
Larico Treadwell scored seven points, nine rebounds and an assist.
In the game with Montgomery County, the Tigers had a 22-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 49-13 at halftime.
Hankins was again the game’s high scorer with 17 points and five rebounds. Nelson had 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assist. Larico Treadwell left with a double/double night of 12 points, 10 rebounds and one steal.
Daniel came in with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals.
In the championship match, J.Z. George held the Tigers close in the first quarter and it ended tied at six.
The Tigers adjusted in the second quarter and outscored J.Z. George 16-10 to take a 22-16 halftime lead.
South Panola was back on track in the third quarter as they outscored J.Z. George 16-5 for a 38-21 third quarter lead.
Cordell Austin was the game’s high scorer with 14 points, which included two slam dunks, one rebound and four steals.
Hankins was the only other Tiger in double figures with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Rod Moore helped the Tigers with his six points, six steals, five assists and one rebound.
Other scorers for the three days of tournament include Rod Moore, 14 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 11 steals;
Justin Vaughn, 12 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds 2 steals, 1 block;
Nick Johnson, 6 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal;
Jarred Pope, 14 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks;
Shawn Daniel, 22 points, 5 assists, 14 rebounds, 5 steals, 8 blocks;
Larico Treadwell, 27 points, 1 assists, 27 rebounds, 2 steals;
Cordell Austin, 24 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 7 steals;
Anthony Nelson, 28 points, 1 assists, 13 rebounds, 6 steals, 1 block;
and Joseph Hankins, 41 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
The Tigers lost to Tupelo last Monday night 58-47. Tupelo jumped out to a 27-15 halftime lead. The Tigers tried climbing back into the game and were partly successful. Tupelo kept the lead just out of reach of the Tigers as the second half of play intensified.
The third quarter was close in scoring as Tupelo outscored the Tigers 17-14 for a 44-29 third quarter lead. The Tigers outscored Tupelo 16-14 in the final quarter but that was not enough to make up the deficit.
Hankins was the only Tiger to score in double figures with 10 points, followed by Justin Vaughn and Shawn Daniel with seven points each.
The teams are taking Thanksgiving break and will return to action Tuesday November 29 to host Oxford beginning at 5 p.m.