Recap: Rumble In The South

St. Joseph guard Douglas Watson.

RIDGELAND — Daeshun Ruffin wasn’t having his best game, but it was good enough.

Ruffin would help lead a Callaway rally as the Chargers used a big fourth quarter to beat No. 6-ranked Raymond 57-53 in the 12th annual Rumble In The South at St. Andrew’s on Monday night.

“Daeshun didn’t have the greatest game, but other guys stepped up,” said Callaway coach David Sanders. “We’ve been up and down all season due to the tough schedule we’ve played and I think it is starting to pay off.”

Callaway (15-8) trailed 37-29 at the end of the third quarter, but would outscore Raymond 28-16 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

Ruffin had 16 points to lead the Chargers and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Cuwandric Samuel added 12 points and Keiveon Hunt had 11 points for Callaway.

Jakorie Smith had a game-high 17 points to lead Raymond (18-4).

Madison St. Joe 53, Jackson Academy 48

Nathan Nickens finished with a double-double to lead the Bruins past the Raiders in the first game of the day.

Nickens would have 15 points along with 11 rebounds and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player to lead St. Joe (14-8).

Douglas Watson also had 15 points and Kiland Harrison had 12 points for the Bruins.

Jonathan Lucas had a game-high 16 points to lead Jackson Academy, while Henry Lee added eight points for the Raiders (13-7).

Hartfield Academy 70, MRA 64

Hill Savell would have a game-high 24 points and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player to lead the Hawks past the Patriots.

Rob Hamilton and Anderson Crechale each had 13 points for Hartfield Academy, while Shane Wingate chipped in 10 points for the Hawks (15-4), ranked No. 3 in the MAIS Rankings.

Josh Hubbard had 21 points to lead MRA, while Phillip Hughes added 19 points and D.H. Dew had 11 points for the Patriots (14-11).

Oak Grove 70, Murrah 43

Tate Ryder had 20 points along with three steals and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player as the Warriors ran past the Mustangs.

Brandon Tilley also had 20 points for Oak Grove (17-4), ranked No. 5 in Class 6A.

Jamal Esco and Joseph Dupree had 11 points each to lead Murrah (10-7).

Center Hill 78, Petal 53

Decorian Payton ended the afternoon with 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the No.4-ranked Center Hill past Petal.

Payton was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

With the game tied at 33 at halftime, the Mustangs (21-1) outscored the Panthers 19-6 in the third quarter to pull away.

Kenneth Lewis had a team-high 19 points for Center Hill, while Kaeden Laws and IUPUI commit Calvin Temple had 13 points each for the Mustangs.

Caleb McGill had a game-high 21 points to lead Petal, while Don Avila added 11 points for Panthers (15-4).

Starkville 67, Forest Hill 46

No. 3-ranked Starkville would use a 15-0 run to start the second half to help race past No. 8-ranked Forest Hill in the only Top 10 game of the day.

Jarmarvious Phillips had a double-double for the Yellowjackets, recording 14 points along with 11 rebounds and earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Edzeric Cook had 15 points, while Atavius Jones had 14 points for Starkville (19-1), who is now on a 10-game winning streak.

Ken Evans had a game-high 16 points to lead Forest Hill, while Tre’voin Bass and Gemari Marshall had 10 points each for the Patriots (16-5).

Wingfield 58, St. Andrew’s 50

Deonta Griffin poured in 17 points to go along with nine rebounds to garner the game’s Most Valuable Player award as the Falcons held off the Saints.

Damarion Arrington added 15 points for Wingfield (11-10).

Rashad Bolden had a game-high 24 points to lead St. Andrew’s, while Arness Georgetown added 15 points for Saints (12-8).