Coahoma County High School graduate freshman Bentavious Galmore led Coahoma Community College with 25 points in the first round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament en route to a 63-58 win at home against Mississippi Delta Community College.
Galmore scored CCC’s first 14 points of the game and finished the night with seven 3-pointers.
“I think Bentavious did a great job tonight,” said Tigers coach Micheal Stringer. “We just find consistency through Bentavious all year long. I think tonight he came out and shot the ball well at the beginning.”
Stringer said Galmore was inconsistent with fouls, but he was pleased with his overall performance.
“Overall, his offensive game, I think he did well shooting the basketball tonight,” Stringer said.
Stringer said he is only focused on what his team does.
“My thing is we’ve got to make sure we’re consistent in the locker room,” Stringer said. “That’s what caused us to lose a couple games this year by being inconsistent throughout the game. We’ve got to play 40 minutes. It’s win or go home now. I think we played good in spurts tonight, but we’ve got to learn to play consistent the whole game.”
In Tuesday’s win, Jaylen Washington finished with 12 points for CCC, Stephon Isom had eight before going out with an injury, Joseph Perez had three, Shadrick Bouldin had three, Cameron Bell had eight and Cavin Page had four.
MDCC was within three points late at 61-58, but the Tigers led by 20 points at one time.
“Every great team goes on a run,” Stringer said. “It really doesn’t matter if they came back close. I think they did a pretty good job hustling. Coach (Derrick) Fears, he’s got a team down there that will never quit and keep fighting. I think they made a couple shots and made some adjustments and we came out with the victory.”
Coahoma Early College High School graduate Willie Eagins had 14 points for MDCC.