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Mississippi Boys 96, Alabama Boys 91

    MONTGOMERY  – Mississippi’s All-Stars out-rebounded Alabama 62-37 Friday night to post a 96-91 win in the 27th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star boys’ basketball game played at the Dunn-Oliver Arena Friday night on the Alabama State University campus. The Mississippi girls won the early game 93-86 as the visitors swept the series for the second straight year.
      Mississippi MVP Jarkel Joiner of Oxford, A Cal State-Bakersfield signee, scored 24 points – 12 in the first half and 12 in the second – to lead the winners. He was 10-of-15 from the field for Mississippi. Alabama MVP Herb Jones of Hale County finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead Alabama, which now holds a slim 14-13 lead in the series which has been played annually since 1991.
     Mississippi, coached by Clay Norton of Clinton and Kim Windham of Port Gibson, led 47-45 at intermission and outscored Alabama 49-46 in the second half. Troymain Crosby of Laurel added 17 points and seven rebounds, Ledarrius Brewer of Meridian added 12 points and Dewayne Cox of Ripley had 11. Jesse Little of Starkville had nine rebounds and 6-foot-10 Galin Smith of Clinton, an Alabama signee, had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
     Alabama, coached by Darrell Barber of Midfield and Richard Carter of Lanett, also got a big game from Midfield’s Shy’m Cunningham. He had 18 points and was 7-of-8 at the foul line. Malik Burnett of Lee-Huntsville added 12 points and Javan Johnson of Austin had 11 points and six rebounds.  Both have signed with Troy University. Cunningham is still unsigned.
    Dontavius Heath of Sacred Heart also had four assists and four steals for Alabama.




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