BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The quest to be the best in the high school basketball ranks jumped into a crucial stage, the District Tournament playoffs. Biloxi High School is hosting the Region 8-6A ranks and what a finish between rivals Gulfport and Biloxi. The Indians led by 13 points in the second half before the Admirals caught fire.
The game would go right down to the wire with Biloxi holding a 49-47 advantage and time running out. Keevon Oney of Gulfport launched a shot just past half court, the ball would find the net for a three point basket and the game winner that propelled the Admirals past the Indians 50-49.
Harrison Central posted their tenth win over the last eleven games by beating a determined Hancock Hawks team. The Red Rebels and Hawks were tied 34-all at the half. Coach Boo Hardy must have given his Red Rebels an inspiring speech in the locker room. Harrison Central would go on a 22-0 run and pulled away from Hancock 76-49.
Biloxi and Hancock will meet 4 p.m. Friday at 5:30 p.m. for third place. Harrison Central and Gulfport will play in the title game 8;30 p.m. on Friday.
The Biloxi Lady Indians had no problem with rival Gulfport. The Lady Indians cruised to a 56-33 decision over the Lady Admirals. Biloxi will face Harrison Central in the title game of the Region 8-6A ranks 7 p.m. Friday. Harrison Central defeated Hancock 59-21. Gulfport and Hancock clash in the girls 3ed place game 4 p.m. Friday.
Region 7-6A tournament at George County High School, the Ocean Springs Greyhounds defeated D'Iberville 56-53 to advance to Friday's title game at 8:30. The Greyhounds face home standing George County after the Rebels needed overtime to beat St. Martin 57-51. The Yellow Jackets and Warriors are slated to play in the 3rd place game 5:30 Friday night.
Region 7-6A girls, St. Martin held off the George County Lady Rebels 55-50 and Ocean Springs beat D'Iberville 46-35.
Region 4-5A Tournament at West Harrison High School had Gautier knock-off Pascagoula 48-44. The Gators advance to the championship game 7:30 Friday night. The Gators will take on home standing West Harrison. The Hurricanes beat Long Beach 55-49.
The Pascagoula Lady Panthers had no problem with Long Beach posting a 49-25 decision to earn a berth in the girls title game 6 p.m. Friday. The Lady Panthers will meet West Harrison. The Lady Canes defeated Gautier 31-21.
Vancleave High School is the site of the Region 8-4A playoffs. Home standing Vancleave and St. Stanislaus were involved in a low scoring game. Regulation ended with both teams tied at 24. The Rockachaws had a chance to pull off an upset in the final 1:40 of regulation, but missed a shot and were called for a foul with 0.5 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs could have won the game at the foul line, but missed. In overtime Vancleave's Kylan Johnson made a nice drive to the basket, dished off to Hunter Williams who connected on a layup and the Bulldogs would hit a number of foul shots to beat St. Stanislaus 35-30.
In the other Region 8-4A boys game, Moss Point needed double-overtime to beat East Central 58-50. East Central girls led by sophomore sensation Sonia Wells, cruised past Vancleave 59-39.
St. Patrick had success at the Region 8-3A Tournament. The Lady Fighting Irish defeated Perry Central 68-24. After trailing 16 point the St. Patrick boys caught fire and pulled off a 59-56 victory over West Marion.
The Christian Collegiate Academy Lady Bulldogs had their season come to an end, Greenville Christian prevailed 49-35.