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Northeast Mississippi Community College Basketball head coach Cord Wright achieved another milestone on Monday with a 76-60 win over conference opponent East Central. This victory marks his surpassing of the legendary Harvey Childers, making Wright the third-winningest coach in program history. Now in his 11th season at Northeast, Wright has compiled an impressive 196-74 record. This achievement is particularly notable given the rarity of coaches maintaining such success over extended periods in today’s era.
The Top 5 experienced a single change, with Northwest Florida moving up to #5 and Daytona State climbing to #4. Re-entering the Top 10 are #8 Lee College and #10 Cowley, both boasting 18-2 records for the year. Making their first appearance at #25 is Walters State, following an impressive 16-1 start. The complete rankings are available at [https://njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/rankings/DI/index]
Dialing Long Distance
On the road, #16 Triton defeated RV Southeastern 110-87. However, the highlight of the night was Triton setting a record by going 24/35 from the 3 PT line. Sophomore star Amar Augillard, a transfer from Georgia Southern, scored 39 points, hitting 11/14 from 3pt range. Augillard's average is just over 22ppg, shooting 49% from behind the arc. Scoring 24 three-pointers in a rivalry road game is always a feat!
KJCCC Race Heats Up
In the Jayhawk Conference, most teams have played 14 games of their 24-game season, which began in November. Approaching the midway point, Barton and Cowley are tied at the top of the 13-team league, both at 13-1, with Hutchinson close behind at 11-2.
Barton's 10-game winning streak includes their only season defeat by Cowley on November 29th. Cowley's single league loss was against Cloud County on January 13th. In a pivotal match-up, Cowley will host Barton in Ark City, KS, on February 3rd. With both teams' current form, this game could be decisive for the regular season title.
Unranked teams Clarendon, USU-Eastern, and Georgia Highlands each secured victories over ranked opponents, with Clarendon and USU-Eastern achieving this feat on the road.
Clarendon Bulldogs narrowly defeated #11 Odessa 68-66, marking the second regular season in which they've upset the Wrangler dynasty. Odessa's only two losses in the past three regular seasons have been to the Bulldogs.
USU-Eastern, led by Martel Williams' 33 points and 10 rebounds, overcame Salt Lake City CC 84-66 on the road, placing them firmly in the Scenic West conference race.
Georgia Highlands clinched a tight 68-67 win over Chipola, with the Chargers leading 40-32 at halftime and holding off a late rally by Chipola. Jay’Quan Nelson led GHC with 23 points and 6 rebounds.
Kezza Goes Krazy!
High Point junior guard Kezza Giffa, a transfer from Daytona St, has been on a scoring spree since the new year. Giffa played 29 games with 25 starts at Daytona in the 22-23 season, averaging 10.8 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.5% from three-point range, and 69.7% from the free-throw line. After an injury to Duke Miles at High Point, Giffa stepped into the starting lineup and has since been averaging 29.7 ppg, including a 37-point performance in a comeback win at Winthrop, where he also hit the game-winner. He has been named the Big South Player of The Week three times during this period.