Ad Spot

Thomas’ buzzer-beater lifts St. Al over Central Hinds

It hasn’t been the easiest or best basketball season for the St. Aloysius Flashes, but when they get a chance to make a lasting memory they sure seem to come through.

Isiah Thomas hit a 10-foot floater as time expired Monday night to cap a frantic comeback and give the Flashes a 57-56 victory over Central Hinds.

St. Al (3-10, 1-6 MAIS District 3-4A) has only won three games this season, but all three have been on buzzer-beaters.

“It was good. We needed a win,” St. Al coach Mike Coleman said. “All three of our wins, we won on the last possession.”

Thomas finished with a game-high 20 points for St. Al, while Padre Gray scored 12 and Kevin Thomas had nine.

Hagan Coumbe scored 16 points for Central Hinds and Ranson Oakes had 14 — all in the second half — but the Cougars went cold at the free throw line down the stretch to open the door for a miraculous St. Al comeback.

Central Hinds entered the fourth quarter with a 45-37 lead and held it around that eight-point margin for most of the period. It missed 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter, however, and St. Al converted most of them into baskets.

The last two missed free throws came with 8.5 seconds left and the Cougars clinging to a 56-55 lead. Without a timeout, the Flashes got the ball into Isiah Thomas’ hands and he brought it up the floor. He released a 10-foot floater that hit the front of the rim and bounced in as time expired.

“We were down by seven with about two minutes to go. I told them you can’t give up. It’s not like we were down 40,” Coleman said. “Central Hinds missed five or six free throws in the last two minutes and we’d hit a shot right after that.”

The last-second win got a busy week off to a positive start for the Flashes. It was the first of four games they’ll play this week. A road trip to Simpson Academy on Tuesday night will be followed by home games against Park Place Friday at 6 p.m., and Washington School Saturday at 3 p.m.

Girls
Central Hinds 57, St. Aloysius 28
Mackenzie Hankins hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, Madyson Maw also scored 16, and Central Hinds beat St. Aloysius in a girls’ basketball game Monday.

Amirah Holbert added seven points for Central Hinds, which jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter and stretched it to 25 points by halftime.

Kendyl Rice led St. Al with 15 points and Taylor Chewning scored seven.

 

Crime

Two teens in custody in killing of Yazoo City man

Local

Wreck kills one, seriously injures three others including two small children

Local

Class of 2021 celebrate: Schools announce plans in-person graduation ceremonies

Downtown Vicksburg

New Beginning Church in Christ distributes cases of water to residents

Crime

Crime reports: Vicksburg man charged with possession of meth

Crime

Second teen arrested in connection to recent drive-by shooting

Local

Profile 2021: Historic No. 7 Fire Station remains on duty

Local

Fire Department releases cause of severe Oyo Hotel blaze

Local

Profile 2021: Warren County has a reputation for big alligators

Business

Sandlot owners put focus on the development of young players

Local

Profile 2021: Vicksburg at the forefront of world-class digital solutions

Health

Best of the Best: Agency focuses on helping patients, growing ‘family’

Downtown Vicksburg

United Way organizes community diaper drive

Crime

Teenager charged as an adult in drive-by shooting

COVID-19

Reeves lifts COVID-19 executive orders, local mask mandates remain in place

Crime

Drive-by shooting update: Teenager arrested, faces long list of felony charges

Business

Vicksburg Forest Products expansion project gets supervisors’ support

Downtown Vicksburg

Profile 2021: Just a few more years for this one time capsule

Crime

Fourth suspect tied to Claiborne County murders arrested

Downtown Vicksburg

Profile 2021: The bricks on which part of Vicksburg is built

Downtown Vicksburg

Profile 2021: Where did city hall’s angels go?

COVID-19

District reports significant drop in COVID-19 activity in schools

Local

The Post unveils ‘Letters from Home’ magazine and series

Crime

Three held without bond in Claiborne County shooting, fourth man sought