JCJC men win in OT; Lady Bobcats crush NEMCC

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2010-11-15 22:09:17

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Fans were treated to a pair of diametrically opposite basketball games here Monday night at the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

First, the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats led by as many as 46 points and crushed the Northeast Mississippi Community College Lady Tigers, 103-67.

Then, the Bobcat men survived a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer and held off NEMCC in overtime, 87-85.

The Bobcats will be at home again on Thursday against Itawamba Community College. The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

The games will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 4:55 p.m.

Bobcats 87, Tigers 85 (OT)

In regulation, JCJC’s Kelvin Nixon hit a free throw with 1:13 left to give the Bobcats a 76-73 lead. But NEMCC’s Cody Garrett buried a 3-pointer with :18.9 left, forcing the game into overtime.

In the extra session, the Bobcats appeared to be in good shape, scoring the first six points. A slam dunk by Kadeem Fleming put JCJC ahead 82-76 with 2:35 left.

However, the Tigers went on a quick, 7-0 run and went ahead 83-82 with 1:42 remaining when Tyler Pritchard scored on a drive to the bucket. Pritchard’s free throw with :43.5 left gave NEMCC an 84-82 lead.

Derrious Gilmore hit a pair of foul shots for Jones to tie the game at 84-84 with :40.2 showing on the clock. Pritchard’s free throw with :39.1 left put the Tigers back ahead, 85-84.

JCJC’s Albert Peterson then drove into the lane, missed a shot, but followed with his own putback to give the Bobcats an 86-85 lead with :22 remaining.

Peterson followed that up with a block of a Pritchard attempt in the lane in the final seconds. Gilmore got the ball and was immediately fouled with :02.1 left. He missed the first shot, made the second and the Tigers called time out to set up a final play.

NEMCC’s Daniel Burton threw it deep to Nick Tate, who got a good shot from about 25 feet, but the ball hit the back of the iron, bounced away and the Bobcats had escaped with the victory.

JCJC led by as much as nine points at 37-28 in the first half before taking a 37-33 lead at intermission. The Bobcats’ longest lead of the night came with 12:34 to play when Andrew Marshall scored to give them a 57-45 lead.

Givens, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Ruffin, S.C., led Jones, 2-2, with 31 points and eight rebounds. He was averaging 26 points per game through JCJC’s first three contests. Nixon added 12 points and six rebounds, while Gilmore had 11 points and eight assists. Fleming finished with 10 points.

Pritchard led five Tigers in double figures with 23 points. Tate added 14, while Cedric Janes, Cody Garrett and Daniel Burton had 10 points each. Charlie Easley had seven points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who fall to 2-3

JCJC outrebounded NEMCC, 41-33.

Lady Bobcats 103, Lady Tigers 67

The issue was never in doubt as the Lady Bobcats used pressure defense and a quick pace on offense to smother Northeast.

JCJC scored the game’s first four points and went up 17-4 with 13:50 left in the first half when Elyssa McKenzie hit a free throw. Jones took a 28-6 lead with 11:02 showing on an Alondra Rivers layup.

A layup by Mechel’le Thomas put JCJC ahead 43-17 at the 7:15 mark. Northeast went on a 9-3 run and cut the lead to 46-26 with 3:48 to play when Amber Johnson scored.

But Jones used a 15-3 spurt and went ahead 61-29 with 1:25 left in the half when Thomas scored. JCJC’s longest lead of the first half was 65-31 at the :24.5 mark when Tierro Frost made a bucket.

The Lady Bobcats would take a 65-32 halftime lead.

It was more of the same for the first part of the second half. JCJC would take its longest lead of the evening at 89-43 with 11:47 left when Rivers drained a 3-pointer from the left corner. They were up 91-47 with 9:17 showing when Kianna Harris made a layup.

The only drama of the game would be if the Lady Bobcats would hit the century mark.

Finally with :21 left to play, Kierro Frost made a layup. Candice Little then punctuated the win a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner with .1 seconds left.

Tierro Frost led JCJC, 3-1, with 21 points (17 in the first half), while Southern Miss signee Tanecka Carey added 19 (16 in the first half). Thomas had 16 and Kierro Frost scored 12.  Carey, a 5-foot-9 guard, led the team with eight rebounds and seven assists. The Lady Bobcats outboarded NEMCC, 40-37.

The Lady Tigers, 2-3, got 14 points from Anna Brook Page and 13 from Chelsey Whitaker 13.



Jones County 103, Northeast Miss. 67

NORTHEAST (2-3) – Anna Brook Page 14, Chelsey Whitaker 13, Amber Johnson 8, Breanna Howard 6, Suriah Blanch 6, Erin Strowder 5, Parta Hubbard 5, Alex Hill 4, Hillary Miller 3, Tiffany Martin 3, Zoe Hammock 0, Bree Harris 0.

JONES COUNTY (3-1) – Tierro Frost 21, Tanecka Carey 19, Mechel’le Thomas 16, Kierro Frost 12, Alecia Autman 9, Elyssa McKenzie 8, Alondra Rivers 7, Kianna Harris 5, Kaci McCurdy 3, Candice Little 3, Lauren Douglas 0, Sharnay Mills 0.

Halftime: 65-32, JCJC.



Jones County 87, Northeast Miss. 85 (OT)

NORTHEAST (2-3) – Tyler Pritchard 23, Nick Tate 14, Cedric Janes 10, Cody Garrett 10, Daniel Burton 10, Jermaine Hollimon 8, Charlie Easley 7, John David Little 3, Tyler Reed 0.

JONES COUNTY (2-2) – Brandon Givens 31, Kelvin Nixon 12, Derrious Gilmore 11, Kadeem Fleming 10, Tiaj Kelly 6, Kenyada Wallace 6, Albert Peterson 4, Glen Collins 3, Andrew Marshall 2, Rico Rankins 2, Demetrious Lee 0.

Halftime: 37-33, JCJC. Regulation: 76-76.


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