Bobcats open South Division play with big wins over Hinds
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-12-02 22:10:58
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was a tremendous way for the Jones County Junior College basketball teams to open South Division play here Thursday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.
The Lady Bobcats broke a 14-14 tie with a 13-0 run midway through the first half and went on to crush the visiting Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs, 89-57.
In the men’s game, JCJC used a 14-0 run early in the second half and went on to whip Hinds, 99-72.
The JCJC women are now 6-2 overall, 1-0 in the division, while the Bobcat men improve to 4-4 overall, 1-0 in league play.
The Bobcats will play their final game before the Christmas holiday break on Monday in Decatur against East Central Community College. The division games will begin with the women’s contest at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.
The games will air via audiostream on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m.
Hinds will host Gulf Coast on Monday.
Lady Bobcats 89, Lady Bulldogs 57
JCJC used a sharp shooting night from guard Tanecka Carey to take control.
Carey, a Southern Miss signee, led Jones with 28 points, including a 6-for-7 performance from the 3-point line. She scored 21 points in the first half and ended the game with six rebounds and six assists.
Alecia Autman had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kierro Frost had 12 points and eight rebounds. Elyssa McKenzie scored seven points and pulled down nine boards.
JCJC outrebounded Hinds, 52-33.
The game was tied 14-14 just over seven minutes into play. But Jones went on its 13-0 run, taking a 27-14 lead with 9:37 to play when McKenzie hit a layup. JCJC’s longest lead of the first half was 46-24 with 2:47 showing when Carey hit a 3-pointer.
The Lady Bobcats led 50-30 at halftime.
JCJC scored the first seven points of the second half to go up 57-30 and never looked back. The Lady Bobcats’ longest lead of the evening came at 87-50 with 2:20 to play when Kaci McCurdy hit a 3-pointer.
Hinds, 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the division, was led by Raven Hubbard’s 10 points.
Bobcats 99, Bulldogs 72
Brandon Givens had another strong game for Jones.
The 6-foot-6 sophomore forward from Ruffin, S.C., scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Derrious Gilmore came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 22 points and assists with eight. Albert Peterson also came off the bench to score 13 points and grab seven rebounds. Kadeem Fleming had 12 points. Andrew Marshall had seven boards, as Jones outrebounded Hinds, 51-32.
The game was knotted at 8-8 just over five minutes into play and the Bobcats were only up 18-17 midway through the half. But JCJC went on a 17-2 run and took a 35-19 lead with 7:40 to play when Fleming hit a 3-pointer.
The Bobcats would lead 45-31 at halftime.
Hinds made a move to start the second half and pulled within 49-42 with 16:47 remaining when Malculm Harper scored.
But Jones would then go on its decisive 14-0 spurt – sparked by the play of guard Glen Collins off the bench – over the next four minutes to take charge. Collins hit an 18-foot jumper, scored on a tip-in and capped the run with a reverse layup to put the Bobcats up 63-42 with 12:27 left. Collins finished the game with nine points.
JCJC took its longest lead of the game at 72-44 with 10:11 remaining when Kelvin Nixon scored on a drive to the goal. Hinds would then score eight straight points to make it 72-52 with just over eight minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get.
Trevis Thomas led the Bulldogs, 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the division, with 17 points. Derek Burks had 15, Erik Burks had 12 and Ruscell Williams finished with 10.
Jones County 89, Hinds 57
HINDS (4-3, 0-1) – Raven Hubbard 10, Tyeshia Kidd 8, Carmen Smith 7, Kenya Wright 6, Sharalyn McClain 5, Alneshia Day 5, Deondre Simpson 5, Kemeika Bullock 4, Kalandra Willis 3, Lashondra Dunson 2, Meredith Williams 2, Me’ocha Burns 0, Shenice Clayton 0, Crystal Brown 0.
JONES COUNTY (6-2, 1-0) – Tanecka Carey 28, Alecia Autman 15, Kierro Frost 12, Mechel’le Thomas 9, Lauren Douglas 8, Elyssa McKenzie 7, Kianna Harris 6, Kaci McCurdy 3, Alondra Rivers 1, Tierro Frost 0, Ileshia Preston 0.
Halftime: 50-30, Jones County.
Jones County 99, Hinds 72
HINDS (2-5, 0-1) – Trevis Thomas 17, Derek Burks 15, Erik Burks 12, Ruscell Williams 10, Malculm Harper 7, Adam Smith 4, Aaron Griffin 4, Antonio Harris 2, Deionte Dean 1, Cornelius Harris 0, Joshua Collins 0.
JONES COUNTY (4-4, 1-0) – Derrious Gilmore 22, Brandon Givens 19, Albert Peterson 13, Kadeem Fleming 12, Glen Collins 9, Kelvin Nixon 6, Demetrious Lee 4, Andrew Marshall 4, Kenyada Wallace 4, Torrey Brown 3, Rico Rankins 3.
Halftime: 45-31, Jones County.