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Holmes advances to Region XXIII semis vs. Southwest Thursday

Holmes advances to Region XXIII semis vs. Southwest Thursday

CLINTON --- Red-hot shooting from the floor today versus the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves helped the No. 23 ranked Holmes Community College Bulldogs advance to the semi-finals of the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College Thursday at 1 p.m. after the 74-60 win over the Wolves.

The No. 4-seeded Bulldogs, now 22-4 overall, will face the No. 8-seeded Southwest Mississippi College Bears, who are 17-8 overall and who knocked off the No. 1-seeded Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers, 70-68. You can watch the game on or listen live at

The Bulldogs and Wolves battled back and forth to start the game, and the game was tied at 11 with 14:13 left to play in the first half. Freshman Kassim Nicholson kept the Bulldogs in the game early with points in the paint. Holmes held a 21-17 lead with 8:52 left in the first half before the Bulldogs started pulling away just minutes after when sophomore guard Trevais Spencer hit three consecutive three-pointers to put Holmes up 30-17 with 7:12 left in the first half. Co-Lin then outscored the Bulldogs 10-7 the remaining seven minutes of the half to make the score, 37-27, at halftime. Spencer had 14 points at the break and Nicholson had 10.

Holmes shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half, 50 percent from the three-point line and 50 percent from the free-throw line while Co-Lin shot 37 percent from the floor, 28 percent from the three-point line and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line in the first half.

The Bulldogs led 41-30 with 17:46 left in the game and stretched it to 19 with 12:27 left in the game and went up as much as 24 at 56-32 halfway the second half. Holmes led 60-43 with 8:11 left after a Nicholson dunk. Justin Johnson scored and made a free throw with 6:30 left to put Holmes up 63-45. Javon Franklin had some easy dunks on breakaways late in the half, and Holmes pulled out the win.

After shooting 84.2 percent in the second half, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 68.2 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from the three-point line and 47.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Spencer finished with 18 points while Nicholson had 16 and Johnson had 12. Franklin led with 10 rebounds.