The Ruleville Central Tigers played tough defense to defeat the Amanda Elzy Panthers 45-38 in the championship game of the Region 3-3A Boys Basketball Tournament Friday night in Ruleville.
Ruleville (20-9) has won 15 of its last 17 games after starting the year 5-7.
“We emphasize defense every day to those young men, and they bought into the overall effort, taking a charge, blocking out, diving on the floor for loose balls and the communication part of that,” Ruleville Central boys basketball head coach Marlon Dorsey said. “I told them to always make each other accountable in your defensive effort, and they did. We’ve seemed to hit some strides on the defensive side of the ball. I think our guys gave a maximum effort.”
The region championship gives the Tigers a No. 1 seed heading into the 3A Boys Basketball State Playoffs. They will host M.S. Palmer Tuesday in the first round at Ruleville at 7 p.m.
Dorsey said the region title and hosting a playoff game is huge for everybody associated with Ruleville.
“It’s very program not only for the program but the community and the school itself,” Dorsey said. “It gives us momentum as a team, but it’s a very good opportunity for our community to come out and really support these young men that have shown some great improvement throughout the year.”
Pierre Pruitt and Joseph Perez led the Tigers’ offense with 13 points each.
Humphreys Co. Girls 62, Ruleville 34
The Ruleville Central Lady Tigers fell hard to the Humphreys County Cowgirls Friday night in the championship game of the Region 3-3A Girls Basketball Tournament in Ruleville.
The Lady Tigers fell to 15-11.
Ruleville ended up advancing to the 3A State Girls Basketball Playoffs as a No. 2 seed, as the Lady Tigers will play Holly Springs in the first round at Ruleville tonight at 7 p.m.