The last time that the Bulldogs were in the MACJC State playoffs was in 2012, where they were defeated by Holmes Community College, 73-64, in the opening round.
Fast forward to 2020, the No. 2 seeded Hinds Bulldogs, led by sophomores Dontrell McQuarter and Ladarius Marshall, dominated both sides of the ball as they defeated the No. 3 seeded Northwest Community College Rangers 81-55 in the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs.
McQuarter opened up the game with a basket to give Hinds a 2-0 lead. Hinds would never relinquish their lead for the remainder of the game.
By the end of the first half, the Bulldogs had found themselves with a commanding 20-point lead (42-22).
In the second half, the Bulldogs went on to increase their lead by as much as 27-points, which they reached with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
By the time of the final buzzer, Hinds had secured their spot in the Semifinals with an 81-55 opening round victory.
Much of Hinds success tonight stemmed from their defense. The Bulldogs held the Rangers to just 55 total points on just 29.9% shooting from the field. “Defensively, we were on another level tonight. That is a testament to the hard work we put in at practice on a daily basis,” commented third-year head coach, Yusef Fitzgerald.
With the win, Hinds improved their overall season record to 15-7 and advanced to the MACJC State Semifinals this Wednesday, February 26th.
“I’m proud of the way we competed tonight. We put some adversity on ourselves, fought through it with a next man up mentality, and were able to get a playoff win. Now our only focus is the game on Wednesday,” added Fitzgerald.
Hinds will play the No. 1 seeded Northeast Mississippi Community College (23-1) at 7:30 pm this Wednesday (Feb. 26) in Scooba, on the campus of East Mississippi community College.
If the Bulldogs were to win Wednesday, they would solidify a spot in the MACJC State Playoff Championship game this Thursday (Feb. 27).
A Hinds team hasn’t been to the MACJC State Playoff Championship game since 2003.
Furthermore, the Bulldogs haven’t won a MACJC State Championship since 1990.
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