Tangle On the Trail Notes

Tangle On the Trail

Pontotoc Rotary Club

Pontotoc dove head first into the major tournament scene with the Tangle on the Trail. From hospitality, taking care of media, getting college Coaches in the gym, keeping the fans entertained during warm ups, top talent, top teams and evenly matched games. I saw this event as a huge success and look forward to being back next year. The crowd was rather large most of the time and most of it was come and go so that surely worked out for the gate. Promotion of this event was great for a first year event. This event could grow into one of the best in the state if they keep up at this pace. I was also excited to see MS win 4-2 in the MS/AR based challenge.

Oxford

Jarkel Joiner 6-1 Jr G: 20 pts, 4 3’s, 16 pts in 2nd half. Smooth stroke. He can create and elevate with ease, shoot outside, take it to the hole and shoot jump shots. He has a killer step back jumper.

Calhoun City

Calhoun City: Coach Coffee has these guys looking like state title contenders. They are playing up-tempo and still under control. His full court traps and presses are looking sharp. A showdown with Okolona is looming and could be legendary. That could possibly be the best 2 teams in 2A in the same division. WOW.

Ladavius Draine 6-4 Jr G/F: 23 pts, 3 3’s, 10 reb. Long range shooter that can handle the ball and score easily.

Jarvis Heard 6-5 Sr C: 12 pts, 13 reb, 2 st. A long lanky rebounder that makes his living off of put backs. Hard working player that could possibly be the heart and soul of this team.

Brieton Sykes 6-3 Sr G: 16 pts, 5 reb, 2 st. You do not want to take a charge from this MAN. Big body guard that rebounds well. When he shoots the ball it just has a knack for going in no matter how crazy the shot may look.

Tyrius Jennings 5-10 Sr G: 11 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast. Are we seeing a pattern here. City rebounds very well. A very fast guard that can get way above the rim and runs the fast breaks with ease. Just like Heard, could be the heart and soul of this team.

Tupelo

Tupelo: This teams keeps on getting better. Hot Springs could play with a lot of nationally ranked teams. Team, team, team is what Tupelo is.

E.J. Fuller 6-3 Sr F: 17 pts, 6-7 fg, 3-3 ft, 2 3’s. Just like all the other 10 players that Coach Norwood puts on the court, he plays with a high motor.

Tyjil Hereford 5-7 Jr G: 11 pts, 4 ast, 6 reb, 2 st, 9 pts in the 4th quarter. All clutch baskets. He stepped up and helped carry his team down the stretch.

Grenada

Trey Spencer 6-4 Sr W: 6 pts, 5 ast, 5 reb 2 st. Lefty ball handler with a good shot. A really good passer that will help him on the next level.

Starkville

Starkville: I know see why they were able to beat Columbus. They have a lot more size than I thought they did. 6-6, 6-5, 6-9 and 6-4 really help out. They hustle as a team.

Jesse Little 6-9 Jr F/C: 15 pts, 5-6 ft, 2 blk, 9 reb, 7 pts in 4th quarter including 4-4 from ft line down the stretch. Not bad offensive number right. Perspective…… He was being guarded by one of the top centers in the country in Eric Curry. Curry had committed to Minnesota. That is D1 right? Defensively he held Curry to 8 points and 5 rebounds. WHY IS HE NOT ON THE NORTH SOUTH ALL STAR ROSTER?????  Surely there is room for a 6-9 F/C that can hold a D1 player to them numbers or is the state just so talented that there is so many better than him? That really blows my mind. And to boot he is a key contributor to the reigning 6A state champ and probable top 5 overall team in the state now. MAC Coaches, you missed this one bad.  Another thought, I think he was also the MagnoliaHoops player of the Game at the Lighthouse where Starkville beat John Petty and J.O. Johnson. Yeah that is 2 preseason national champion contenders that Starkville beat with him being named as my player of the game. Can any other players on the North South roster say they beat one national contender? Rant over

Pontotoc

Isaiah Miller 5-7 Jr G: I would like to point out that all the attention goes to Townsend and Jones for Pontotoc. He is silently becoming a very good point guard. He has improved tremendously since the 1st of the year and is developing well.


Tangle On the Trail Results

(B) Oxford (11-5) 49 MaxPreps ranks: MS #47, 5A #9, nation #2376

Cedar Ridge Newark, AR (17-3) 59 MaxPreps ranks: AR #11, 3A #1, nation #430

Oxford: Jarkel Joiner 6-1 Jr G 20 pts, 4 3’s

Cedar Ridge AR: Cade Crabtree 6-3 Sr F 30 pts, 10 reb

Oxford held the nations leading scorer, Austin Reaves 6-5 Sr G, to 18 points

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Cade Crabtree

Cedar Ridge AR

6-3 Sr F

30 pts, 10 reb

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Jarkel Joiner

Oxford

6-1 Jr G

20 pts, 4 3’s


(B) Calhoun City (15-4) 64 MaxPreps ranks: MS #41, 2A #4, nation #2009

Episcopal Little Rock, AR (7-7) 50 MaxPreps ranks: AR #77, 3A #8, nation #3991

Calhoun City: Ladavius Draine 6-4 Jr G/F 23 pts, 3 3’s, 10 reb

Episcopal AR: Allie Freeman 5-9 Sr G 16 pts

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Ladavius Draine

Calhoun City

6-4 Jr G/F

23 pts, 3 3’s, 10 reb

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Ladavius Draine

Calhoun City

6-4 Jr G/F

23 pts, 3 3’s, 10 reb


(B) Tupelo (18-1) 62 MaxPreps ranks: MS #2, 6A #2, nation #77

Hot Springs AR (14-3) 56 MaxPreps ranks: AR #3, 5A #1, nation #63

Tupelo: E.J. Fuller 6-3 Sr F 17 pts, 6-7 fg, 2 3’s, 3-3 ft

Hot Springs AR: Kajuan Christon 6-1 Sr G 18 pts

Tangle on the Trail MVP

E.J. Fuller

Tupelo

6-3 Sr F

17 pts, 6-7 fg, 3-3 ft, 2 3’s

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Tyjil Hereford

Tupelo

5-7 Jr G

11 pts,  4 ast, 6 reb, 2 st, 9 pts in the 4th quarter


(B) Grenada (8-6) 51 MaxPreps ranks: MS #55, 5A #20, nation #2849

Hall Little Rock, AR (7-8) 49 MaxPreps ranks: AR #40, 6A #9, nation #1644

Grenada: Joshua Everette 6-0 Sr SG 15 pts, 5-8 fg, 3 3’s

Hall AR: Dayton Artis 6-0 Sr G 15 pts, 4 st

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Joshua Everette

Grenada

6-0 Sr SG

15 pts, 5-8 fg, 3 3’s

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Jatavious Dorsey

Grenada

5-9 Sr PG

13 pts, 3 3’s, 3 ast, 7 reb


(B) Starkville (12-2) 55 MaxPreps ranks: MS #4, 6A #3, nation #211

Southwest Christian Academy Little Rock, AR (9-4) 49 MaxPreps ranks: AR #44, nation #1942

Starkville:  Jesse Little 6-9 Jr F/C 15 pts, 5-6 ft, 2 blk, 9 reb, 7 pts in 4th quarter including 4-4 ft

Southwest AR: Tyrik Dixon 6-2 Sr PG 16 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Jesse Little

Starkville

6-9 Jr F/C

15 pts, 5-6 ft, 2 blk, 9 reb, 7 pts in 4th quarter including 4-4 ft

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Jesse Little

Starkville

6-9 Jr F/C

15 pts, 5-6 ft, 2 blk, 9 reb, 7 pts in 4th quarter including 4-4 ft


 

(B) Pontotoc (10-8) 47 MaxPreps Ranks: MS #73, 4A #14, nation #3768

Mills University Studies Little Rock, AR (11-5) 68 MaxPreps ranks: AR #18, 5A #5, nation #936

Pontotoc: Ty Jones 6-6 Jr G/F 13 pts, 2 3’s, 5 ast, 3 reb

Mills AR: Darius Hall 6-5 Jr F 24 pts, 10-16 fg, 4-4 ft, 9 reb, 3 ast, 3 st

Tangle on the Trail MVP

Darius Hall

Mills University Studies AR

6-5 Jr F

24 pts, 10-16 fg, 4-4 ft, 9 reb, 3 ast, 3 st

MagnoliaHoops Player of the Game

Ty Jones

Pontotoc

6-6 Jr G/F

13 pts, 2 3’s, 5 ast, 3 reb


MagnoliaHoops Starting 5

The 5 players that had the best day or made the best impression (on me or the contributors of MagnoliaHoops) at the Tangle on the Trail

  1. Jesse Little 6-9 Jr F/C Starkville

  2. Ladavius Draine 6-4 Jr G/F Calhoun City

  3. Tyjil Hereford 5-7 Jr PG Tupelo

  4. Jarkel Joiner 6-1 Jr G Oxford

  5. Jarvis Heard 6-5 Sr C Calhoun City