The East Central Community College Warriors took Southwest Mississippi  into overtime before losing 92-88 last Thursday.

The ECCC Lady Warriors fell 70-55 to the Southwest Lady Bears in the first game of the night. Both games were played at the basketball center on the Southwest campus in Summit

.             In the men’s action, the MACJC South Division opponents were tied 79-79 after 40 minutes of play forcing the overtime period. Southwest went on a 10-2 run to open the overtime and grab control of the game. The Warriors would get within four at 90-86 but Southwest free throws would seal the 92-88 win. It was the fifth straight loss for the Warriors.

East Central had five players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Thurston McCarty of Quitman with 20. Also scoring in double figures were sophomore guard Jaquan Dotson of Neshoba Central with 19, sophomore forward Cameron Diggs with 16, freshman guard Roti Ware of Morton with 15, and sophomore guard Tavonta Jones of Meridian with 12. Diggs had eight rebounds to lead the Warriors.

The Warriors entered the week 8-9 overall and 2-6 in division play. The Southwest Bears improved to 13-4 and 4-4 in the league.

In the women’s game, Southwest put five players in double figures in the 15-point win. East Central led 12-10 after the first period in what was a close first half of basketball. The Lady Bears led 28-26 at the intermission. A 24-6 run by Southwest in the third period would be the deciding factor in the game. The Lady Bears took a 52-32 lead and the Lady Warriors could not recover. East Central did get within 11 points, 62-51, late in the fourth period before falling 70-55.

With only six players available for the game, East Central was led by the 17 points of freshman forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg. Freshman guard Tamirra Haskin of Laurel added 13 points and sophomore guard Autumn Taylor of Newton chipped in 12 points and seven assists.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Lady Warriors. East Central’s record fell to 9-7 overall and 2-5 in the MACJC South Division. The Southwest Lady Bears improved to 14-3 overall and 5-3 in the league.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors returned home on Monday to host Meridian Community College. The East Central teams hit the road again Thursday, Feb. 8, when they travel to Perkinston to face Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College .