The Mary Persons boys basketball team improved to 10-6, 4-2 in region after winning their fourth straight game on Saturday, over Howard (0-15). Now No. 2 in Region 2-AAA, the Bulldogs had a chance to topple the top team in Region 2-AAA, Americus-Sumter (15-1, 6-0 region), on the road Tuesday night. Results were not available at press time.
“We’ve been playing some pretty basketball,” said MP coach Greg Nix. “But the schedule gets tougher the next two weeks.”
Nix added that MP didn’t play real well in the 53-44 victory over winless Howard on Saturday. Junior Kham Little led the Bulldogs with 14 points, half of them free throws, and Maury Lowe added 8, and six of those were from the line as well. Little and Lowe also both had 10 rebounds each and Jake LaVinka added 9 boards in the win at Howard.
The day before, on Friday, the Bulldogs hosted Jackson (3-8, 2-4) and Nix said they played really well and won easily 68-33. Monroe County schools barred fans from the game due to on-line threats of retaliation over the murder of a 17-year-old Forsyth man at Walmart on Jan. 2.
Nix said the players were disappointed not to have fans but said sometimes having no distractions helps.
The Bulldogs got a monster win over perennial basketball power and region rival Upson-Lee (8-7, 3-3 region) on Jan. 1.
Little led with 17 points while Lowe and Bobby Bunn scored 15 apiece. Bunn was 3 for 6 on 3 pointers. LaVinka added 10. The Dogs helped themselves by shooting 77 percent from the foul line. Little was 10 of 12 and Lowe was 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. LaVinka was a beast on the boards pilling down 14 rebounds.
The Bulldogs’ schedule gets tougher this week. After playing at region leader Americus on Tuesday, MP goes to Peach County on Friday and then hosts Central-Macon on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
“We’ve got to find a way to compete,” said Nix.