Two longtime community college rivals will battle on the hardwood to begin competition in the New Year.
East Central and East Mississippi squads will meet Tuesday, Jan. 7, in non-division matchups on the Decatur campus.
Women’s action tips off at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
ECCC squads are hoping for a different outcome than when the two teams met on Nov. 14, 2013, in Scooba, as the Lady Lions held on for an 86-74 decision and the Lions pulled away for an 87-69 victory.
The Lady Warriors are 5-5 overall under second-year head coach Crandal Porter.
East Mississippi’s women are 5-4 overall under head coach Sharon Thompson.
The Warriors are also 5-5 overall and are led by first-year head mentor Robert Thompson.
The East Mississippi men sport a 6-2 mark under head coach Mark White.
The video stream of the rivalry matchups can be seen and heard on the EMCC Web site, www.EMCCAthletics.com/live.
East Central is providing live audio stream on the college Website, www.eccc.edu. The game audio can also be heard on the Scott County Broadcasting Network, www.580AMWQST.com. Longtime broadcaster Frank Edmonson will handle play-by-play duties.