OXFORD — The legacy continues.
Thanks to a big first quarter and the play of Bentavious Galmore, Coahoma County got past Potts Camp 56-36 to claim the MHSAA Boys Class 2A State Championship at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Friday afternoon.
It is the Red Panthers (24-10) third state title in the last four years and fifth state championship in school history.
“Devotion. These kids are winners and know what it takes to get the job done in big games,” said Coahoma County coach Derrick Moore, who also coached the Coahoma County girls in the 2A title game. “I came into the locker room after the girl’s loss and the guys said we got you and I knew we were alright.”
The Red Panthers came out firing as Christopher Abby would make four three-pointers in the first quarter to help build Coahoma County’s lead to 18-4 and ended the quarter up 21-8.
“Before the game coach always say he didn’t know I can shoot,” Abby said. “So, I had to go out there and show him and help my team win.”
Coahoma County never trailed the entire game. Potts Camp would cut the Red Panther lead to under 10 points two times, once in the second quarter and in the third quarter.
Galmore, a Delta State signee, would finish the game with a game-high 17 points along with four assists and two steals to lead Coahoma County and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“With me being a senior, this was my last game, so I had to go out there and be a leader,” Galmore said. “I knew my teammates had my back, so I just to do what I had to do. It’s a blessing to win a championship three times in four years.”
Abby added 12 points for Coahoma County, while Tarkevious Logan chipped in 10 points for the Red Panthers.
“We had a bunch of injuries to start the season and we had a bunch of guys get reps and its great to see it pay off,” Moore said. “The key for us is we don’t give the guys a break. They run track in spring and cross country in the fall in order to play basketball. It’s a commitment and it’s worked.”
Kedavian Faulkner had 13 points to lead Potts Camp, while Mitchell Saulsberry added 12 points for Cardinals (24-8).