Second half performance keys Bobcats past Itawamba, 71-57

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-11-18 22:07:39

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats used a strong half performance to subdue the Itawamba Community College Indians 71-57 here Thursday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

In the women’s game, Jameika Hoskins scored on a putback with one second left to play to give the Lady Indians an 80-79 victory over Jones.

The Bobcats will travel to Meridian Community College on Monday. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

JCJC has only one more home game before Christmas break. They host Hinds on Dec. 2 with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

Bobcats 71, Indians 57

Brandon Givens posted a ‘double double’ to spark the Bobcats to their third straight victory.

Givens, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ruffin, S.C., scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds on the evening. He helped the Bobcats outrebound ICC, 39-30, on the evening.

ICC’s last lead of the game came with 13:34 left in the first half when Kelsey Barnes slammed home a dunk to make it 8-7. Rico Rankins quickly answered with a 3-pointer to put JCJC up 10-8.

Leading 18-17, the Bobcats went on an 11-5 run and took a 29-22 lead with 2:48 left in the half when Kelvin Nixon scored inside. JCJC guard Derrious Gilmore would steal an inbounds pass with .7 seconds showing on the clock and score at the buzzer to give the Bobcats a 32-26 halftime lead.

Jones opened the second half with a 6-0 run and went up 38-26 with 17:33 left when Tiaj Kelly converted a 3-point play. The Bobcats then upped the pressure and had a 13-4 spurt to take their longest lead of the night at 51-30 with 11:29 showing when Albert Peterson converted a 3-point play on a drive and scoop at the basket.

The Indians got as close as 59-48 with 5:30 left when Jamal Farr scored. But the Bobcats would stretch the lead out to as much as 20 points on two occasions, the final one being at 70-50 with 2:02 left when Givens hit a 15-footer.

After Givens, Gilmore had 12 points, while Peterson finished with 11. Nixon had nine points and six rebounds.

Akeem Caddell paced ICC with 13 points and nine rebounds. Melvin Morgan and Todd Nelson added 12 points each.

The Bobcats are now 3-2, while the Indians drop to 2-4.

Lady Indians 80, Lady Bobcats 79

It was a heartbreaker for Jones, as they led for most of the game.

In the final minute of play, the Lady Bobcats took a 79-75 lead with :57.6 to play when Kierro Frost canned two free throws, but that would be their final points of the night.

Hoskins converted a 3-point play with :36.4 showing to trim the lead to 79-78.  JCJC’s Tanecka Carey was fouled, but missed the front end of a one and one with :19 left. But there was a jump ball on the rebound and the Lady Bobcats got possession.

However, Jones turned the ball over and Itawamba would have its chance. The Lady Indians called time with 8.6 seconds left.

ICC missed a couple of shots in close, but Hoskins was there for the game-winning putback with just one second to play.

The Lady Bobcats started off the game in good shape.

They went up 16-6 less than five minutes into the game on a Carey 15-footer. They would lead by as many as 12 points twice in the opening half. A ‘coast to coast’ drive by Alondra Rivers gave Jones a 27-15 lead with 11:28 showing.

But ICC went on a 13-0 run and went ahead 28-27 with 8:11 on the clock when Anna Dill hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Lady Indians extended the lead to 43-38 with :53.8 seconds left when LaPrecious Naylon made a free throw.

But Jones fought back and tied it at 43-43 when Carey scored with two seconds left in the half.

The teams swapped leads several times early in the second half, but Jones would eventually go up by as much as 68-61 with 9:08 to play when Kierro Frost scored off an assist by her twin sister, Tierro Frost.

The Lady Bobcats would maintain the lead until Hoskins scored at the end.

Tierro Frost led JCJC with 18 points, while Elyssa McKenzie added 15. Kierro Frost had 14 and Carey had 12 points and eight rebounds. Alecia Autman also had eight boards and five points for the Lady Bobcats.

Hoskins had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead ICC. Naylon added 17, Vetorra Cole had 13 and Dill finished with 12.

The Lady Indians outrebounded Jones, 48-40.

The Lady Bobcats fall to 3-2, while Itawamba improves to 5-1.


Itawamba 80, Jones County 79

ITAWAMBA (5-1) – Jameika Hoskins 18, LaPrecious Naylon 17, Vetorra Cole 13, Anna Dill 12, Ebony Williams 8, Shay Bonner 7, Mandy Collins 3, Amber Jackson 2, Vechatita Bonner 0, Candiace McIntosh 0.

JONES COUNTY (3-2) – Tierro Frost 18, Elyssa McKenzie 15, Kierro Frost 14, Tanecka Carey 12, Lauren Douglas 6, Alecia Autman 5, Alondra Rivers 4, Mechel’Le Thomas 3, Kianna Harris 2, Candice Little 0.

Halftime: 43-43.



Jones County 71, Itawamba 57

ITAWAMBA (2-4) – Akeem Caddell 13, Melvin Morgan 12, Todd Nelson 12, Jamal Farr 4, Marko Zjacic 4, Jonathan Luster 4, Wendell Williams 2, Sam Ford 2, Devon Shannon 2, Kelsey Barnes 2, Danardo Watkins 0, Jermaine Bean 0, Marius Myles 0, Nick Moncure 0.

JONES COUNTY (3-2) – Brandon Givens 19, Derrious Gilmore 12, Albert Peterson 11, Kelvin Nixon 9, Kadeem Fleming 7, Rico Rankins 6, Tiaj Kelly 3, Andrew Marshall 2, Torrey Brown 2, Demetrious Lee 0, Glen Collins 0, Todd Gamble 0.

Halftime: 32-26, Jones County


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