Unfortunately for Dyersburg, despite overcoming a 10-point second-half deficit, the Trojans were knocked to the loser's bracket after suffering a 59-56 setback at the hands of the visitors.
"Our kids played extremely hard, but give Corinth credit because we didn't give it to them, they earned it," said Trojan head coach Blaine Mahaffey. "When the game got close there at the end, they remained calm and played well. They're a good team that has a tradition of playing and winning state championships, so close games don't faze them."
The key stat in the loss for the Trojans came at the charity stripe, an area Dyersburg struggled in from start to finish. The Trojans made just 35 percent from the line, connecting on a mere 7-of-20 attempts.
Both squads collected 22 field goals during the contest, while the larger visitors easily controlled the boards with a 37-26 advantage.
Dyersburg's Brice Williams followed up a 40-point, 10-rebound performance against Chester County with a second double-double by finishing with 15 points and 11 boards to lead the Trojans. Teammates Deyvon Pierce and Jay Howard also ended the contest in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The game was a close encounter throughout the first three quarters, with neither squad able to pull away. The Trojans held a 19-18 lead at the end of the opening period before holding a 2-point advantage at the break, 32-30.
In the second half, a very competitive third quarter produced almost an identical result as the first two as the two squads entered the final quarter knotted at 43-43.
The Mississippi visitors opened the period with a quick, 10-0 spurt to seemingly take control of the contest. However, as they do in most cases, the Trojans came storming back and eventually took a slight lead, 56-55 with 40 second left in the game.
Unfortunately for Dyersburg, the Trojans would score no more points. Corinth sealed the win at the free-throw line to earn the 59-56 decision, dropping Dyersburg to the third-place game against Munford scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday.
As it turned out, the loss to Corinth would be the final game of the tournament for Dyersburg. Snow flurries in the morning hours brought a mutual decision between Munford head coach Butch Hopkins and Mahaffey to call the contest off. The cancellation turned out to be a somewhat terrible decision for hoops fans hoping to see the game when the flurries were over well before the scheduled start time.
Dyersburg will next be in action on Thursday when they look to ring in the New Year with a road trip to face district foe Milan.