It was a rebound that turned a hopeful victory into a loss for the Men’s Boll Weevils Basketball semifinals run two years ago.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, it was Kainon Pouncey’s three-point shot with 1.7 seconds left in a game against Lawson State Community College that pushed the Boll Weevils toward Elite 8 play this Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm. The score was 56-54 against Lawson State in the sweet 16 state tournament.
“It was a joyous day,” ESCC Head Basketball Coach Jeremaine Williams said.
“The pep talk into the game was that this was the ‘win or go home.’ A lot of the guys, this could have been their last time playing on the junior college level, so they could make it their last game, or they could win to play again. It was a hard fight, but our guys showed up and are pushing through to get to the state championship.
Xavier Smith led the Boll Weevils in scoring on Lawson State with 15 points. Pouncy followed close behind with 14 points, with Mathew Mazique scoring 12 points and Jordan Burrows hitting 11 points.
The Boll Weevils play their Elite 8 competition on the road in Birmingham on Wednesday against Coastal Alabama-North at 7 p.m. All games will be played at Lawson State.
The Boll Weevils record stands at 14-14.
“This is a good team that peaked late. I knew it was a real good team coming in. We just have to keep going and stay ready for battle. I have full confidence this team can bring home a victory.”
The Lady Boll Weevils lost their run in the state tournament action 95-65 against Southern Union.