The third annual Martin Luther King Gulf Coast Classic alternates between Gulfport and Biloxi each year. The 2017 Classic was played at Bert Jenkins Gymnasium in Gulfport on Monday.
Game one sent the St. Martin Lady Jackets against the Biloxi Lady Indians. The 12 and 8 Lady Jackets under head coach Gina Bell feature 6-foot-5 junior center Daphane White. Biloxi entered the game with 13 wins and 7 with first-year head coach Devin Hill leading the way.
Biloxi and St. Martin went into overtime and the Lady Indians would pull away to ring up their 14th win of the season by the final score of 48-38. Breanna Riley led Biloxi netting 21 points. Senior Gabrielle Fantroy had the hot hand early in the first half for Biloxi. White scored 22 points for St. Martin and had a number blocked shots.
The St. Martin-Biloxi boys battled in game two of the classic. This game was neck-and-neck throughout. Biloxi would hold off the Yellow Jackets 41-37. Fred Ramsey-Thompson led the 16-3 Indians with 14 points. Daetran Bivens kept St. Martin within striking distance drilling a couple of treys. He scored 11 points.
Jayce Franklin added 10 points for St. Martin. With 1:08 remaining in the game Roshaun Jones drilled a trey to cut Biloxi's lead 38-37.
Indians head coach Seber Windham watched Ahmad Arrington hang tough. He would come through at the free throw line to help the Indians secure a close win.
Yellow Jackets head coach Charlie Pavlus has to be pride of his team for hanging in there until the end. St. Martin played aggressive defense and just couldn't get over the hump, falling to 13-10. Biloxi picked up win number 16 against 3 losses.
Game three sent the West Harrison Lady Canes against the Gulfport Lady Admirals. West Harrison kept the game close in the first half thanks to the play of sophomore Allanah Turner. The sophomore has outstanding athletic skills, a play maker and shot maker, an exciting player coach Otis Gates can rely on for a few more seasons.
Gulfport would pull away in the second half to post a 49-32 victory, giving the Lady Admirals under head coach Donny Fuller 13 wins and 8 losses. The Lady Canes dropped to 4 and 12.
The final game on the night pitted the West Harrison-Gulfport boys. Admirals head coach Owen Miller watched Keevon Oney come through with clutch baskets. Gulfport prevailed 58-48. That victory was win number 14 on the season against 6 losses. West Harrison dropped to 5 and 12.
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