Just three years ago, Bay Springs raised the first boys basketball state championship in school history.
The Bulldogs hope to raise another one in 2018. Bay Springs defeated South Delta 67-58 in the class 2A semifinals on Tuesday, advancing to the state championship on Friday at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs (26-3) play the winner of Leflore County vs. Coahoma County.
Junior Kevin Grimes and 11th-year head coach Corey Mackey are the only two current Bulldogs who were a part of that 2015 championship season.
“It was unbelievable,” said Grimes, an eighth-grader in 2015. “It was the first time we won a state championship. We plan on doing it again so we can get that feeling again. It’s the chemistry. You have to play for each other at all times. It’s all about the five that’s on the court. It’s all about the team.”
“In 2015, I remember we had to come together as a team, accept our role, play our part and everything comes together,” Mackey said. “Right now, that’s what we’re talking about on this team. Everybody has a role. You must pitch in and play your role. Once everybody puts their own ingredients in then we become a great team.”