The East Central Community College basketball teams remained perfect on the 2018-19 season with a home-court sweep of Delgado Community College Monday, Nov. 26, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.
The East Central Lady Warriors opened the action with a 74-54 win over the Lady Dolphins out of New Orleans, La. The ECCC Warriors then disposed of the Delgado Dolphins 96-58 in the nightcap.
With the wins, both East Central teams moved to 6-0 on the season. The Delgado Lady Dolphins fell to 1-7, while the Dolphins are now 2-5.
It was the final home games of 2018 for East Central as the Warriors and Lady Warriors will now hit the road for their next three games before taking a break for the holidays.
The East Central teams will begin MACJC South Division play on Monday, Dec. 3, when they visit Perkinston to face Mississippi Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will then play Coahoma in Clarksdale on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Delgado in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Warriors had 12 players score in the win over Delgado, led by 11 each from sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville and sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., Ascension). Freshman guard/forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson Murrah) added 10. East Central was led in rebounding by freshman forward Makaila Carter (Boutte, La., Hahnville) with six. Sophomore guard Riann McCollum (Atlanta, Ga., Douglass) led the team with four steals.
In the Warriors' 38-point win over the Delgado Dolphins, sophomore guard Roti Ware had another big night with a game-high 26 points. The Morton product also had eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Ware continued his hot shooting to start the 2018-19 season, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the floor, including four of six from the three-point line and all six free throws.
Freshman guard/forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County added 17 points and a team-leading nine rebounds and another freshman, guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore), had 13 points and four assists.
The Warriors hit 28 of their 31 free throws for the game and are now shooting 79 percent as a team through six games.
Morton High product Roti Ware slams home two of his game-high 26 points in the Warriors' win over visiting Delgado. (EC Photo)