The Kemp Yellowjackets used timely buckets and aggressive offensive rebounding to hold off the Commerce Tigers 61-51 in a bi-district playoff game Tuesday night at Naaman Forest High School.

Commerce (11-17) trailed 29-19 at the half thanks in a large part to Kemp (18-12) scoring nine points on second-chance opportunities. In the second half the Tigers never got closer than six points despite keeping Kemp off the glass and allowing just three second-chance points.

Each time the Tigers clawed back into the game, the Yellowjackets managed to hit a big bucket. After Anthony Henry got Commerce to within six at 25-19, Kemp scored the next four, capped by a last-second 3-pointer from Kemp guard Joseph Simmons.

Jeremy Dowdy’s layup made it 33-27 early in the third before Kemp ran off five straight points and opened up another double-digit lead.

The Tigers’ last run came early in the fourth thanks to a 3-pointer from Choice Nelson and another quick score from Demeareyea Love. Love’s bucket made it 51-43 but Kemp reeled off seven straight en route to the 10-point win.

Kemp got a balanced offensive output with four players in double figures. Steve McKinney led all scorers with 13 points and Simmons and 6-5 post Jacarri Culberson had 12 each. Justin Gibson chipped in 11.

Commerce was led by Henry and Love who each had 12 points while Nelson had 10 and Dowdy had eight.

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