Indians face Louisville in playoff opener

By JOFFRE WASHINGTON,

After finishing fourth in the District 3-4A tournament held at Gentry last week, the Yazoo City Indians hit the road this Tuesday for their playoff opener against the Louisville Wildcats.

The Indians (9-20) suffered a 47-31 loss to Greenwood in the tournament opener before falling to Clarksdale in the consolation game. Despite the fourth place finish, the Indians will be advancing to the first round of the playoffs, where they hope to avoid a first round exit like they have experienced in their last two playoff appearances.

“This team making the playoffs is an accomplishment because it was something that wasn’t achieved last year,” said YHS head coach Anthony Carlyle.

In their district opener, the Indians lost a hard-fought battle to the Greenwood Bulldogs, a team they split with during the regular season. The Bulldogs outscored the Indians in every quarter, but the Indians put up a fight until the very end.

“I thought we had good opportunities in both games and were unable to capitalize on them. This was a good experience for the guys to play in a different environment at a young age to help with their development,” said Carlyle.

Leading the way against Greenwood was Jacquarrius Collum and William Grayson with 10 points apiece. Daon Henry chipped in with seven points and Percy Green and Robert Robinson rounded out the scoring with two points each. Henry grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Collum had five boards of his own.

The Indians faced the No. 1 seeded Wildcats Tuesday night at 7 p.m. While the Indians are young and inexperienced, the five-time champion Carlyle knows that come playoff time, anything is possible.

“Being young we don’t have any pressure or expectations so we want to go in and play hard and see if we’re able to pull an upset,” said Carlyle.