From Biloxi’s point of view, what better time to return to the Final Four for the first time in eight years than now? And what better way to return to the Final Four for the first time in eight years than going straight through rival Gulfport in the 6A quarterfinals?
Even without being Region 8 district foes this season, the bragging rights alone mean more than ever come Saturday. Despite losing to the Admirals earlier this month, the Indians have actually won nine out of their last 10 against Gulfport over the last three seasons.
But this is their first post-season matchup between the two since 2014, also the first time Biloxi Head Coach Seber Windham says he’s ever played Gulfport in the Coast Coliseum.
After losing four starters from last year’s run, this wasn’t even supposed to be the year for an Elite 8 match up, at least according to all the doubters. Coach Windham said, “Yeah, the stage is big. I mean to have the right to advance to the Final Four, the semifinals, you get a chance to play your rival, just kind of ups the ante a little bit.”
Biloxi Center Caleb McCarty said, “It’s gigantic, it’s colossal. I mean like I said a rival for the right to move on to the Final Four, it’s awesome. And then I believe it’s going to be a dog fight, it’s going to be a battle.”
Biloxi Point Guard Keontae Beasley said, “I mean a lot of people were doubting us. A lot of people were like Biloxi isn’t going to make it or whatever, but we’re here. We’re here. And we’re still striving to get better and to go to the finals.”
The Indians and Admirals tip things off from the Coast Coliseum at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.