Four remaining South Mississippi squads fall in quarterfinals

Biloxi, Long Beach, Picayune and St. Patrick see their seasons come to an end

Four remaining South Mississippi squads fall in quarterfinals

It was a disappointing Tuesday night for our four remaining South Mississippi boys basketball squads, as Biloxi, Long Beach, Picayune and St. Patrick all fell in their MHSAA State Quarterfinal contests.

Biloxi faced a rather daunting challenge in hosting the Meridian Wildcats, ranked by MaxPreps as the top team in Mississippi. As Meridian took a 26-24 halftime lead, the two teams traded blows all game. Biloxi managed to take a 51-48 lead with less than a minute to play. However, with the score tied at 51, Meridian’s Kyler Yarbrough hit a lay-up shortly after to give Meridian a lead they would not relinquish., beating Biloxi (30-2) 55-51.

So many fans filled the gymnasium at Long Beach for their Class 5A Quarterfinal contest against Hattiesburg that school officials eventually had to lock the doors. The max-capacity crowd got their money’s worth, as the Bearcats stormed back from a 17-point second quarter deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter on a Malik Handy lay-up, but they were not able to seal the deal. Led by Cameron Brown’s 33 points, Hattiesburg held off Long Beach (24-7) 68-61.

In our other area Class 5A Quarterfinal contest, Picayune hit the road to face off against Forest Hill. The Maroon Tide (20-12) led 41-39 in the third quarter, but saw their lead slip away in the final frames as Forest Hill won 65-53.

St. Patrick (23-6) also saw their season come to an end on the road, falling to North Forrest 61-48 in the Class 2A Quarterfinals.

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