The Pass Christian Pirates used the sizzling shooting of junior guard Dimitri Cook and a ferocious defense to advance to the Division 8-3A boys championship game.
Cook fired in a career-high 41 points, and the Pirates held Perry Central to five second-quarter points en route to a 75-40 romp over the Bulldogs on Thursday night.
The top-seeded Pirates (21-7) will play in the title game tonight at 8:30 against West Marion.
The girls title matchup sends second-seeded Pass Christian against top-seeded Collins tonight at 7. Pass defeated West Marion 60-47 in Thursday’s semifinals and Collins edged Sumrall 36-30.
“We felt like ever since the Christmas Tournament at Gulfport that we’ve defended real well,” Pass Christian coach Buddy Kennedy said. “Even in those couple of losses to Moss Point, we held them to 38 points both times. Our defense has carried us a long way, and if we put enough points on the board, we will be in good shape.”
Cook hit three 3-pointers, made 6 of 11 free throw-attempts and had 13 2-pointers.
Perry Central, which got 11 points from Ashanta Bolton, hung with Pass in the first quarter, trailing only 21-15. But Pass held Perry Central to only 16 points over the next two quarters to pull away.
Ashton Haulk scored 18 points in the low post, one of his best offensive performances. He and Tyron Williams were enforcers on the glass and in the paint.
The Pirates went 12-0 in the division during the regular season.
“Everything was falling except for free throws,” Cook said of his 41-point performance. “It just happened.”
* West Marion faces Sumrall in the girls’ third-place game at 4 p.m. today, and Perry Central plays in the boys’ third-place game at 5:30 p.m. West Marion’s boys defeated Collins 76-69 Thursday, and will take on Pass Christian today for the tournament title.