When Gulfport and Biloxi meet up in the quarterfinals of the 6A Boys Basketball playoffs on Saturday, the Admirals have the chance to right a lot of wrongs against the Indians.
Earlier this month, Gulfport finally ended a nine-game losing streak to Big Red and did so with a convincing 11 point triumph at home.
But as a frequently as these on-again, off-again district foes seem to meet up during the regular season, Gulfport and Biloxi are getting ready to do battle in the post-season for the first time since 2014.
The Admirals are coming off a massive road upset over a red-hot Meridian squad and move on from one hostile environment to another as the two most familiar programs in the entire state prepare to occupy the Coast Coliseum for the right to advance to the Final Four. Gulfport Head Boys Basketball Coach Owen Miller said, “They know what we’re going to do. I mean Coach Windham is going to have his guys prepared. We know what they’re going to do for the most part. We’re both going to have some different things, some tweaks that we make. But for the most part we’re not going to trick them.”
Gulfport Shooting Guard Reubon Kelly said, “Kind of brings a second gear to us because we lost the first one and it’s 1-1 so it’s kind of a rivalry from last season, and so just things like that just bring more intensity. Get us ready, more ready for the game.”
Gulfport Point Guard Deon Drake said, “Everybody is saying Gulfport-Biloxi, how people think it’s a rivalry game because we played them in the regular season but people didn’t really expect Gulfport and Biloxi to meet in the playoffs. So the community, they’re all happy and all that. But we’ve been staying focused right here on the court. We ain’t giving all the outside noise and all that. We’re just trying to stay together, get prepared for this game.”
The Admirals and Indians will tip things off from the Coast Coliseum at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.