Jerekius Davis was not ready to end his high school career.
With the help of the Rams defense and Davis’ second half take over, Provine ran past Horn Lake 47-35 in the MHSAA Class 6A boys quarterfinals at Jackson State’s Lee. E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on Monday afternoon.
The Rams (19-10) will face Madison Central in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Provine forced the Eagles to shoot 27 percent from the field in the second half and 30 percent for the game (13-of-43 shots).
“At this point in the season, defense is what win you games,” Provine coach Otis Gaines said. “One thing we definitely got to do is contain good players from the other side on a night in, night out basis.”
Davis, a Dandy Dozen selection, had a game-high 24 points, 17 of which came in the second half, and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Rams back to the Mississippi Coliseum for the third straight season.
“I have the switch button – when I turn it on I feel like no one can stop me,” Davis said. “(I) got my teammates going in the first half, but in the second half I came out with a lot of enthusiasm and energy and really got it going for the rest of the game.”
Enrique Milton also scored in double figures, adding 10 points for Provine.
“We still need to find more ways to score,” Gaines said. “We know Madison Central is going to bring a lot of energy, especially with their guards, and we are going to have to match that.”
Justin Edmond led Horn Lake (22-8) with 14 points.
“We did not shoot the ball well,” Horn Lake coach Tori Harris said. “Once you get to this point of the season, if you don’t shoot the ball well you won’t win any games.”
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