PERKINSTON — A perfectly drawn up and executed Mississippi Gulf Coast inbounds play gave Tedrian Brisco the game-winning layup with 2 seconds left in the Bulldogs 79-77 victory over East Central.
"It's a play we run all the time," Brisco said. "I knew I was going to be open, because I've been open like that all year. People don't tend to guard that too well."
Gulf Coast improves to 11-1 overall and is undefeated after three MACJC South Division games.
Davion Cole-Johnson (6-4, 210, So., Pike/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) scored a career-high 35 points, his second straight 30-point game.
"I'm just trying to play together with my teammates," he said. "We've been on a roll so far, so I'm just trying to keep it going. Because we've got good shooters, it opens up the hole for me. It allows me to drive."
Zach Parker (6-2, 185, So., Biloxi/Biloxi) had 19 points. He buried three straight 3-pointers in the second half to help Gulf Coast to its biggest lead of the night, up 58-53 with 12:10 to play.
Winston Morgan (5-10, 170, So., East Catholic/Manchester, Conn.) had the game-winning assist and added 12 points, all in the first half.
Gulf Coast executed another play perfectly to go up 77-75 with 35 seconds left. Qua'darius Green (6-8, 180, Fr., McComb/McComb) got the ball at the left elbow while the Bulldogs were running their four corners set. Cole-Johnson made a backdoor cut, and Green's pass set him up for a dunk.
The Bulldogs had a chance to ice it after a defensive stop, but a backcourt turnover led to a Tonezell Handy steal and dunk with 17.8 seconds left.
Gulf Coast wound up with the ball under the ECCC basket with 3.1 seconds left. Brisco came diagonally across the lane to set a screen for Cole-Johnson at the left elbow, and three Warriors players swarmed Cole-Johnson on his cut.
"It just opened up," Morgan said. "The disguise was to try to wait till he gets open. We had a couple of options, but the first option was closed up. Teddy made a great play."
After the game, Brisco laughed when asked if he'd slipped the screen. He admitted he had, but it left a wide-open path to the basket.
"We kind of felt like if we got that screen on him, that Ted's guy would switch with him," Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. "It's our best, go-to thing. We didn't run it tonight, but you couldn't ask for it to run it any better."
Gulf Coast returns to action Thursday when the Bulldogs travel to Meridian. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs' next home game is Jan. 26 when Pearl River visits Perkinston.
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