Simsboro rallies by Centerville Bulldogs

SIMSBORO _ No. 6 seeded Simsboro High School rallied in the second half to down the No. 11 seeded Centerville Bulldogs 86-68 in the State Class regional playoffs here Tuesday.
In the contest, Centerville was whistled for 27 fouls to just 14 for Simsboro.
Centerville led 41-32 at the half, but was whistled for 15 fouls to seven for Simsboro in a game called by the Monroe Officials Association.
Simsboro also had a huge advantage at the line converting on 24 of 37, while the Bulldogs only attempted 13 free throws, connecting on eight.
Centerville (16-6) jumped out front by a 23-13 first quarter flurry behind double digits scorers Jumanji Washington and Juwan Thomas.
Centerville secured a 41-32 lead at the half. Simsboro benefited from a 23-10 third quarter run to grab a 55-51 advantage. Down the stretch, Simsboro used a 31-17 run to collect the 86-68 win over Centerville.
Washington finished with 17 points while Thomas poured in 11 points to lead the Centerville Bulldogs. Washington scored his team-high 17 points on six floor baskets and 5 of 8 free throws. Thomas drained five field goals, including one trey, for his 11 points.
Rounding out the scoring for the CHS Bulldogs were: Rodney Harris, 8; Courtland Pogue, 8; Dontre Austin, 8; Marvin Strawder, 7; Zacchaeus Jackson, 5 and Cole Candella, 4.
Ron Abney and Zachary Taylor tossed in 22 points apiece while Jarmaro Brown fired in 20 points to power Simsboro.

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