MCC men's basketball opened the season Thursday night with a game against TaylorMade Prep School from Pensacola, FL. The Eagles lead for the majority of the game before stumbling late in the second half and fell 69-59. Meridian came out strong and led 8-3 after a huge put back dunk from freshman Courtland Johnson 4 minutes into the game. They continued to hold the lead throughout the first half thanks to 3 point plays from Johnson and Tupelo native E.J. Fuller. A late basket from TaylorMade tied the game at 27 to close out the half.
Alex Perry made his presence known early in the second half. He scored on 3 straight possessions, giving the Eagles a 32-29 lead with 17 minutes to play. TalorMade tied the game 38-38 with 12 min. remaining. It was back and forth from there on, with TaylorMade pullin away late to win by 10.