Isaiah Sheffield

Lewisburg’s Isaiah Sheffield looks to work the basketball inside during a recent contest against Fayette Academy last month, won by the Patriots 68-64. Lewisburg hosts Kossuth Thursday night and KIPP Collegiate of Memphis Friday in their first games of the 2019 portion of the schedule. 

The Memphis Hustle, fresh off a 4-2 mark in their recent road trip out west, are back at the Landers Center in Southaven to start the 2019 portion of their schedule tonight.

Memphis, with a 13-8 overall record and holding the number three spot in the Western Conference standings, meets the Stockton Kings in a 7 p.m. tipoff.

Stockton defeated Memphis in the teams’ last meeting, a 103-94 defeat on Saturday night in California, as Memphis finished its longest road trip of the season.

Tyler Harvey led the Hustle with 26 points Saturday night and Tarik Phillip added 15.

Stockton (11-7) is on a five-game winning streak entering tonight’s game and is one-half game behind the Hustle in the Western Conference standings, making tonight’s game important in the standings for both teams.

Despite the loss to Stockton, the Hustle have won four of its previous five games, all away from home.

STOKES SIGNS TWO-WAY GRIZZLIES DEAL: A player the Hustle could soon possibly see on its roster is forward Jarnell Stokes, signed Tuesday by the parent Memphis Grizzlies to a two-way contract.

The 6-foot-9 Stokes, a Memphis native, has appeared in six games, including five starts, this season with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and has averaged 15.2 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists in 27.2 minutes of play.

Stokes is in his second season with Sioux Falls after he led the Skyforce to the 2016 NBA G League Championship He was named the NBA G League MVP and Finals MVP, selected as an NBA G League All-Star and earned All-G League First Team honors during the 2015-16 season.

HAYES WINS WEEKLY HONOR: Former Horn Lake Lady Eagle A’Queen Hayes has picked up her game in the past week for Middle Tennessee State University. In return, Hayes has been honored as the Conference USA Player of the Week for the first time. At the Fordham Holiday Classic, Hayes averaged 19.5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals on her way to All-Tournament honors. In the process of turning in two solid outings in the Bronx, Hayes also surpassed the 1,000-point milestone of her career with 18 points in the win against Chattanooga.

SMITH HELPS HAWKS WIN: A Magnolia State football standout came back to bite his home state school in Tuesday’s 27-22 Iowa victory over Mississippi State at the Outback Bowl. Former Lake Cormorant football standout Brandon Smith caught three passes for 33 yards, including one for 12 yards in the Hawkeyes’ conquest of the Bulldogs. Iowa, of the Big 10 Conference, took a 17-6 lead into halftime and withstood a third quarter rally by the Bulldogs to finish the season with a 9-4 record. Mississippi State ended the year with an 8-5 mark.

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