2020 MHSAA 2nd Round and Quarterfinals Report

2020 2nd Round and Quarterfinals Report

The stats listed are unofficial but are close to what the players accomplished on the court (mostly because I run my mouth too much and don’t pay the closest attention the entire game). The stats used are based on the highest numbers from what I keep, the score book has or stats listed on MaxPreps.

How do you get on the Magnolia Hoops Report? I put players on here that catch my eye or have a combined stat total of ten. Catching my eye could be leadership from the bench, winning the game or just hard play. Combined stat line of ten can be in any form. It’s doesn’t have to be points only. It can be any of the stats added up to make double-digits.

The Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game award goes to the player that affects the game the most for the winning team. The Katie Roberts Photography Senior Snapshot is the senior that either had the best stat line or one that next level coaches need to be aware of.

The Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class is the player with the best stat line by grade. The Magnolia Hoops Starting Five is the top five players with the best stat line for the entire day. The Magnolia Hoops Head Coach is the Coach that did the best job with their team. The Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad is the top five seniors with the best stat lines. The Magnolia Hoops Best Game is either the best or most interesting game of  the day. The Magnolia Hoops Top Five Teams is the best teams on this day and not necessarily the entire year.


4A 2nd Round

Saturday February 22, 2020

From Corinth HS

Corinth, MS

Elimination Game

(B) Corinth Warriors 17-13 (4A Corinth, MS) 74

MS #66, 4A #13

Louisville Wildcats 16-10 (4A Louisville, MS) 60

MS #90, 4A #18

Notes: Tameron Patterson (5-10 ’20 G Corinth 22 pts 4 3’s 8 reb 3 ast 2 st) had that refuse to lose attitude in his last home game as a Corinth Warrior. He was all over the court. When Q Wimsatt (6-3 ’21 G/F Corinth 14 pts 8 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 blk) shoots a 15 ft jump shot it might as well be a layup. He was in the running for Player of the Game also. For Louisville, Clay Murray (5-10 ’21 G Louisville 4 pts 2 reb 2 ast 1 st 1 charge taken) really caught my eye. He is a smooth stocky guard that was fighting foul trouble. Veseddrick Culberson (5-9 ’20 G Louisville 29 pts 6 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 1 st) just got buckets for the Wildcats.

Corinth (home team) 74

’20’s

Tameron Patterson 5-10 G 22 pts 4 3’s 8 reb 3 ast 2 st

Calvin Jones 6-4 F/C 11 pts 6 reb 1 blk

’21’s

Q Wimsatt 6-3 G/F 14 pts 8 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 blk

Will Crawford 6-1 G 10 pts 1 3’s 2 reb 5 ast 2 st

Kito Windom 6-3 G 10 pts 1 3’s 5-6 ft 3 reb 4 ast 2 blk

Louisville (traveled 150 miles) 60

’20’s

Veseddrick Culberson 5-9 G 29 pts 6 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 1 st

Drea Shumaker 5-10 G 7 pts 5 reb 1 ast 2 st

Jykevious Hibbler 6-2 F 6 pts 7 reb

’21’s

Clay Murray 5-10 G 4 pts 2 reb 2 ast 1 st 1 charge taken

Tyrell Thames 6-0 G 10 pts 2 3’s 3 reb 3 ast 3 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Tameron Patterson

Corinth

5-10 ’20 G

22 pts 4 3’s 8 reb 3 ast 2 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Veseddrick Culberson

Louisville

5-9 ’20 G

29 pts 6 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 1 st


2A North Quarterfinals

Thursday February 27, 2020

From Mississippi Valley State University

R.W. Harrison HPER Complex

Itta Bena, MS

Quarterfinals Game

(B) Coahoma County Red Panthers 22-10 (2A Clarksdale, MS) 55

MS #59, 2A #2

New Site Royals 30-4 (2A New Site, MS) 41

MS #38, 2A #1

Notes: Coahoma County is a hungry team that is climbing back to the top of the 2A mountain. They got off to a rocky start with injuries and the loss of 6-6 junior post Jai Yates to Arizona. They played like they had nothing to lose and earned another trip to the Big House. Bentavious “Ben” Galmore (5-7 ’20 G Coahoma County 19 pts 5 3’s 4 reb 1 ast) carried his team with his hot shooting proving that the Delta State signing was no fluke. I had my doubts and concerns with that sign but they are no longer valid. He can easily play on that level and Delta State even had the entire coaching staff on hand to watch him. For New Site, Dalton Pounds (6-6 ’21 F/C New Site 10 pts 6 reb 3 blk 1 st) stepped his game up in the big game. He handled the ball when needed and showed a lot of versatility. He challenged shots around the rim and gave the Royals a good look at what they can expect next year. New Site will regroup and bring back some young size to go with developing guard play.

This was also the end of an era for me. I’ve watched Walker Moreland (5-11 ’20 SG New Site 16 pts 3 3’s 3-3 ft 1 reb 3 ast) grow and develop over many years. From being a pre-school/elementary age kid getting shots up in the Saltillo gym where his uncle coached to playing up 3 years age difference against my son in the Saltillo city league/Upward programs. You could see something special in him at such an early age. Then you had him as an 8th grader playing up on 17U in an AAU tournament when he stepped up and nailed a half-court shot to give his team the overtime victory. He looked like a polished senior as a junior high kid. Then his transition to high school where he secured his spot as the best shooter in the state and even led the nation in 3 pointers his junior year. He walks away from New Site as one of the most decorated players in Royal history.  It’s hard this time of year as I watch such great kids walk off the high school court for the last time. It’s also going to be weird not seeing his mom, MS. Katie, sitting in the stands and reading at camps, tournaments and games. Best of luck to Walker as he continues onto the next level. Dang, as I am typing this, the ONIONS sure are strong on this Supersonic breakfast burrito.

Coahoma County (traveled 63 miles) 55

’20’s

Keshun Holly 6-4 F/C 7 pts 8 reb 3 ast 2 blk 1 st 2 charges taken

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore 5-7 G 19 pts 5 3’s 4 reb 1 ast

’21’s

Tarkeviuous Logan 6-0 G/F 17 pts 3-3 ft 6 reb 3 ast 1 st

New Site (traveled 165 miles) 41

’20’s

Walker Moreland 5-11 SG 16 pts 3 3’s 3-3 ft 1 reb 3 ast

Carson Fitzsimmons 6-1 G 6 pts 4-4 ft 6 reb 1 st

’21’s

Colton Fitzsimmons 5-7 PG 8 pts 2 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 3 st

Dalton Pounds 6-6 F/C 10 pts 6 reb 3 blk 1 st

Ethan Eaton 6-0 G 6 reb 2 ast 2 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Bentavious “Ben” Galmore

Coahoma County

5-7 ’20 G

19 pts 5 3’s 4 reb 1 ast

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Walker Moreland

New Site

5-11 ’20 SG

16 pts 3 3’s 3-3 ft 1 reb 3 ast


Quarterfinals Game

(B) Potts Camp Cardinals 23-7 (2A Potts Camp, MS) 75

MS #57, 2A #3

Calhoun City Wildcats 23-8 (2A Calhoun City, MS) 72

MS #76, 2A #5

Notes: This game lived up to the hype and even more. First, let’s touch on the game and coaching then we’ll get to the players. I was sitting there the whole game questioning the coaching strategy of Coach Dillard from Potts Camp. He surprised me in the end with the perfect moves to win the game. Both teams left it all on the court.

Mitchell Saulsberry (6-5 ’21 G/F Potts Camp 34 pts 16 reb 2 ast 3 st 4 blk) earned Player of the Game honors with his dominating play. He has expanded his game to where he was bringing the ball up the court on the press and was able to take his defenders of the dribble in the half court sets. His positive percentage when he touches the ball is off the charts. If Mitchell hadn’t have been so dominant it would’ve went to Walter Hamilton (6-8 ’20 G/F Potts Camp 12 pts 2 3’s 11 reb 1 ast 1 st 11 blk). This was the dominant Walter that I’ve been waiting to see. He knotted the big triple-double and it seemed like he had 15 plus blocks. Potts Camp will be unbeatable if these two continue to play like this. Jayvian Shaw (6-2 ’20 G/F Calhoun City 20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken) had a solid double-double for Calhoun City.  Jawyn Tucker (5-9 ’20 G Calhoun City 10 pts 6 reb 5 ast 3 st) played solid the whole game while Deshontin Malone (6-3 ’20 G/F Calhoun City 22 pts 2 3’s 7 reb 2 st) stepped up big in the final quarter. This was an extremely good Wildcats team that Coach Coffey had this season. This game could’ve easily been the state championship game.

Potts Camp (traveled 124 miles) 75

’20’s

Martavious “Tay” Frost 6-4 G/F 7 pts 6 reb 1 ast 1 st 2 blk

Kedavian Faulkner 5-8 G 10 pts 3 reb 5 ast

Walter Hamilton 6-8 G/F 12 pts 2 3’s 11 reb 1 ast 1 st 11 blk

JaQuives “Nuk” Muse 5-9 G 15 pts 3 3’s 4 reb 3 ast 1 st

’21’s

Mitchell Saulsberry 6-5 G/F 34 pts 16 reb 2 ast 3 st 4 blk

Calhoun City (traveled 77 miles) 72

’20’s

Jayvian Shaw 6-2 G/F 20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken

Jawyn Tucker 5-9 G 10 pts 6 reb 5 ast 3 st

Kody Townsend 5-7 G 8 pts 3 reb 2 st 1 charge taken

Deshontin Malone 6-3 G/F 22 pts 2 3’s 7 reb 2 st

’21’s

Payton Chandler 6-0 G 7 pts 1 3’s 1 reb 2 ast 3 st 2 charges taken

Earlonte Cousins 6-3 F 5 pts 3 reb 2 st 3 blk

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Mitchell Saulsberry

Potts Camp

6-5 ’21 G/F

34 pts 16 reb 2 ast 3 st 4 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Jayvian Shaw

Calhoun City

6-2 ’20 G/F

20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken


3A North Quarterfinals

Friday February 28, 2020

From Itawamba CC

Davis Event Center

Fulton, MS

Quarterfinals Game

(B) Holly Springs Hawks 25-7 (3A Holly Springs, MS) 76

MS #22, 3A #2

Noxubee County Tigers 19-13 (3A Macon, MS) 43

MS #82, 3A #10

Notes: Noxubee County didn’t have an answer for Derek Fountain (6-8 ’20 G Holly Springs 22 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 3 ast 1 st 5 blk). He was able to get where ever he wanted on the court and was a force on the defensive end.

Holly Springs (traveled 79 miles) 76

’20’s

Tyhem Reaves 6-2 G 13 pts 2 3’s 3 reb 1 ast 4 st

Cori Bell 6-1 G 17 pts 3 3’s 4 reb 3 ast 4 st

Derek Fountain 6-8 G 22 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 3 ast 1 st 5 blk

’21’s

Dylan King 6-4 G/F 8 pts 4 reb 1 st 1 blk

’22’s

Ded’drick Faulkner 5-10 G 8 pts 3 reb 3 ast 2 st

Noxubee County (traveled 103 miles) 43

’20’s

Jadakiss Williams 6-1 G 11 pts 1 3’s 2 reb 1 st

Marlon Williams 6-1 G 7 pts 8 reb 1 blk 1 st

’22’s

Demone Cunningham 6-4 F/C 12 pts 6-7 ft 5 reb 1 blk

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Derek Fountain

Holly Springs

6-8 ’20 G

22 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 3 ast 1 st 5 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Cori Bell

Holly Springs

6-1 ’20 G

17 pts 3 3’s 4 reb 3 ast 4 st


Quarterfinals Game

(B) Houston Hilltoppers 21-10 (3A Houston, MS) 80

MS #77, 3A #8

North Panola Cougars 22-10 (3A Sardis, MS) 69

MS #71, 3A #7

Notes: This game lived up to the hype and more. It took Houston a while to figure out what was going on and then they finally started playing their game. Shemar Crawford (6-5 ’21 G Houston 21 pts 1 3’s 7 reb 3 ast 2 st 1 blk) kept them in the game during the first half. Senior guards, Keshon Bynum (5-10 ’20 G Houston 11 pts 5-5 ft 1 reb 3 ast 2 st 1 charge taken) and Xavier Virges (6-1 ’20 G Houston 14 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 4 ast 2 st) had solid games and really picked up their pace in the second half. MJ Smith (6-6 ’23 F/C Houston 14 pts 8 reb 1 st 3 blk 2 posters) came off the bench to provide a spark down low. That spark involved two alley-oop posters on the Cougars. He caught the first one and one-handed and the second was a double pump. He was fouled on both. Red Parker (6-1 ’22 F Houston 6 pts 2 reb 1 st) is one that didn’t show up all over the stat sheet but he did show up all over the court. He brings so much effort and energy. He has one speed, full speed. For North Panola, it was the Cedquavious “DaeDae” Hunter (5-10 ’22 G North Panola 36 pts 13-14 ft 1 3’s 3 reb 2 st) show. The elite scorer couldn’t be stopped. He knocked down shots that most couldn’t even get off. He proved why he is one of the best players in his class. He had the crowd in a buzz the whole game screaming give him the ball.  Ankerion “Noodle” Gross (6-6 ’20 F North Panola 7 pts 14 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 blk) also had a good game. Noodle finished up a very solid career for the Cougars and he will go on to be a great player on the next level.

Houston (traveled 61 miles) 80

’20’s

Keshon Bynum 5-10 G 11 pts 5-5 ft 1 reb 3 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Xavier Virges 6-1 G 14 pts 2 3’s 4 reb 4 ast 2 st

’21’s

Raeshun McGregory 6-5 G/F 11 pts 2 reb 2 st

Shemar Crawford 6-5 G 21 pts 1 3’s 7 reb 3 ast 2 st 1 blk

’22’s

Red Parker 6-1 F 6 pts 2 reb 1 st

’23’s

MJ Smith 6-6 F/C 14 pts 8 reb 1 st 3 blk 2 posters

North Panola (traveled 104 miles) 69

’20’s

Ankerion “Noodle” Gross 6-6 F 7 pts 14 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 blk

’21’s

Carl Robinson 5-11 F 10 pts 3 reb 2 st

’22’s

Cedquavious “DaeDae” Hunter 5-10 G 36 pts 13-14 ft 1 3’s 3 reb 2 st

Tony Davis 5-6 PG 10 pts 10-14 ft 4 reb 2 ast 4 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Shemar Crawford

Houston

6-5 ’21 G

21 pts 1 3’s 7 reb 3 ast 2 st 1 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Ankerion “Noodle” Gross

North Panola

6-6 ’20 F

7 pts 14 reb 1 ast 2 st 1 blk


5A North Quarterfinals

Saturday February 29, 2020

From Itawamba CC

Davis Event Center

Fulton, MS

Quarterfinals Game

(B) Center Hill Mustangs 24-8 (5A Olive Branch, MS) 65

MS #5, 5A #3

Cleveland Central Wolves 17-14 (5A Cleveland, MS) 61

MS #53, 5A #14

Notes: Center Hill escaped with the victory but not after a scare from the Wolves. Kaeden Laws (6-5 ’21 G/F Center Hill 10 pts 6 reb 2 ast 1 st 6 blk) showed a lot of versatility with his play down low. His effort earned him Player of the Game honors. Zandon Haralson (6-5 ’21 SF Center Hill 12 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 8 reb 1 st) has improved greatly since the first of the year. He will be hard to handle next year. Decorian “DeDe” Payton (6-5 ’20 F/C Center Hill 19 pts 5-6 ft 5 reb 3 ast 1 st 2 charges taken) had his normal game. He always brings his A game. Coach Berryhill doesn’t have a lot to worry about. He has two very good players coming back in Jamal Anderson (6-4 ’21 G Cleveland Central 12 pts 8 reb 1 ast 2 st) and Joshua Kirkham (5-10 ’21 G Cleveland Central 17 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 1 ast 3 st). Anderson showed that he can be one of the best seniors in the state next year. Kirkham stepped up really big in the second half with hot shooting.

Center Hill (traveled 107 miles) 65

’20’s

Decorian “DeDe” Payton 6-5 F/C 19 pts 5-6 ft 5 reb 3 ast 1 st 2 charges taken

Jacquez Hardin 6-1 14 pts 3 3’s 3 reb 1 ast 2 charges taken

’21’s

Zandon Haralson 6-5 SF 12 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 8 reb 1 st

Kaeden Laws 6-5 G/F 10 pts 6 reb 2 ast 1 st 6 blk

’22’s

Deshun Dunn 6-1 G 10 pts 2 3’s 1 reb 1 st

Cleveland Central (traveled 174 miles) 61

’20’s

Marcus Franklin 6-2 SF 8 pts 6 reb 3 ast

’21’s

Jarkevious Johnson 5-10 SG 11 pts 3 3’s 7 reb 2 ast 2 st 1 charge taken

Keshaun Lindsey 6-2 G 8 pts 2 reb

Jamal Anderson 6-4 G 12 pts 8 reb 1 ast 2 st

Joshua Kirkham 5-10 G 17 pts 3 3’s 1 reb 1 ast 3 st

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Kaeden Laws

Center Hill

6-5 ’21 G/F

10 pts 6 reb 2 ast 1 st 6 blk

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Decorian “DeDe” Payton

Center Hill

6-5 ’20 F/C

19 pts 5-6 ft 5 reb 3 ast 1 st 2 charges taken


Quarterfinals Game

(B) Callaway Chargers 23-4 (5A Jackson, MS) 76

MS #1, 5A #1

Holmes County Central Jaguars 19-12 (5A Lexington, MS) 50

MS #30, 5A #9

Notes: This was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever been to. I’ve watched my fair share of games and I saw two things on this night that I’ve never seen before. As the starters were being announced the Callaway players refused to go shake the hands of the officials and Coach Patrick. I’ve seen players do that to opposing coaches before but never before have I seen them just sit there. Then at the finish, the referee grabbed the ball from a player and walked off the court with it calling game. I know the score was way out of hand and it was all just a technicality at that point but that was new to me. I could understand seconds left but a couple minutes. Either way, it got me home two minutes faster. I’ve seen them end it before when games were getting chippy at the end and for good reason. This seemed like it was under control.

For Callaway, Kendarius Buckley (6-2 ’20 G Callaway 21 pts 3 3’s 9-17 fg 7 reb 1 ast 1 st) had probably the best game of his career. If he continues to play at that pace Callaway will be hard to beat. Of course Daeshun Ruffin (5-10 ’21 G Callaway 19 pts 10-12 ft 1 3’s 4 ast 1 blk 4 st) got his. He always seems to find a way to make it happen. On this night, he got to the free-throw line easily. The first half was a very fun and evenly played half. Callaway decided to do some pounding in the second half. The first half stayed close thanks to Quashon Rowe (5-10 ’21 G Holmes County Central 21 pts 3 3’s 1 blk 1 st). The hot guard went toe-to-toe with Ruffin early on. Louzavious Thomas (6-5 ’22 F Holmes County Central 12 pts 8 reb 1 st 1 blk 3 charges taken) was a very interesting piece to watch for the Jaguars, who were wearing ICC’s white jerseys due to a wardrobe malfunction. He’ll be one to keep and eye on the next few years.

Callaway (traveled 207 miles) 76

’20’s

Jordan Brister 5-5 G 7 pts 1 3’s 6 reb 5 ast

Cuwandric Samuel 6-3 G 9 pts 1 3’s 5 reb 5 ast 1 st 1 blk

Kendarius Buckley 6-2 G 21 pts 3 3’s 9-17 fg 7 reb 1 ast 1 st

’21’s

Daeshun Ruffin 5-10 G 19 pts 10-12 ft 1 3’s 4 ast 1 blk 4 st

’22’s

Keivion Hunt 5-10 G 11 pts 5-10 fg 2 reb 5 ast 4 st

Holmes County Central (traveled 162 miles) 50

’20’s

Ralph Tyes 6-0 G 8 pts 7 reb 1 ast

’21’s

Quashon Rowe 5-10 G 21 pts 3 3’s 1 blk 1 st

’22’s

Amarrion Hogan 5-10 G 3 pts 3 reb 4 ast

Louzavious Thomas 6-5 F 12 pts 8 reb 1 st 1 blk 3 charges taken

Magnolia Hoops Player of the Game

Kendarius Buckley

Callaway

6-2 ’20 G

21 pts 3 3’s 9-17 fg 7 reb 1 ast 1 st

Katie Roberts Photography

Senior Snapshot

Cuwandric Samuel

Callaway

6-3 ’20 G

9 pts 1 3’s 5 reb 5 ast 1 st 1 blk


Magnolia Hoops Head Coach

The best coaching job that I saw during this time period.

Jeremy Dillard

Potts Camp


Magnolia Hoops Best Game

The best game that I saw during this time period.

Potts Camp 75

Calhoun City 72


Magnolia Hoops Top 5 Teams

The top five teams that I saw during this time period.

Callaway

Center Hill

Cleveland Central

Holly Springs

Houston


Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes that I saw during this time period based on stats.

2020: Jayvian Shaw 6-2 G/F Calhoun City

20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken

2021: Mitchell Saulsberry 6-5 G/F Potts Camp

34 pts 16 reb 2 ast 3 st 4 blk

2022: Cedquavious “DaeDae” Hunter 5-10 G North Panola

36 pts 13-14 ft 1 3’s 3 reb 2 st

2023: MJ Smith 6-6 F/C Houston

14 pts 8 reb 1 st 3 blk 2 posters


Magnolia Hoops Starting 5

The top five players that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Mitchell Saulsberry

6-5 ’21 G/F Potts Camp 34 pts 16 reb 2 ast 3 st 4 blk

Jayvian Shaw

6-2 ’20 G/F Calhoun City 20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken

Derek Fountain

6-8 ’20 G Holly Springs 22 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 3 ast 1 st 5 blk

Cedquavious “DaeDae” Hunter

5-10 ’22 G North Panola 36 pts 13-14 ft 1 3’s 3 reb 2 st

Veseddrick Culberson

5-9 ’20 G Louisville 29 pts 6 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 1 st


Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad

The top five seniors that I saw during this time period based on stats.

Jayvian Shaw

6-2 G/F Calhoun City 20 pts 2 3’s 15 reb 3 ast 5 st 2 charges taken

Derek Fountain

6-8 G Holly Springs 22 pts 1 3’s 3-4 ft 12 reb 3 ast 1 st 5 blk

Veseddrick Culberson

5-9 G Louisville 29 pts 6 3’s 5 reb 2 ast 1 st

Walter Hamilton

6-8 G/F Potts Camp 12 pts 2 3’s 11 reb 1 ast 1 st 11 blk

Tameron Patterson

5-10 G Corinth 22 pts 4 3’s 8 reb 3 ast 2 st


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