Lady Bobcats improve to 11-3; No. 9 Pearl River nips JCJC at the buzzer

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 23:48:47

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College came close to pulling the upset here Tuesday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

But the No. 9 Pearl River Community College Wildcats got a layup from Emil Jones with 1 second remaining to nip the Bobcats, 62-60.

In the women’s game, the Lady Bobcats got a 16-point performance off the bench from Kierro Frost and posted a 72-61 victory.

The Bobcat teams return home on Thursday vs. Southwest Mississippi Community College. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

The games will be televised live on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m.

Pearl River goes to Gulf Coast on Thursday.

Wildcats 62, Bobcats 60

In a game that featured 14 lead changes, Pearl River was able convert at the end to pull out the win.

The Bobcats trailed 54-49 with just less than seven minutes to play. But JCJC scored seven straight points, capped by a Kelvin Nixon layup, and took a 56-54 lead with 3:48 left. The Wildcats then got two free throws from Pedro Maciel and a putback from Phillip Crawford to go up 58-56 with 2:23 to play.

However, the Bobcats got a putback from Albert Peterson and a pair of free throws from Derrious Gilmore and went ahead 60-58 with 1:03 remaining.

The Wildcats tied it at 60-60 when Jones scored on a drive to the goal with 49 seconds left.

JCJC then had ball possession, but turned the ball over on their offensive side of the court. Pearl River then called timeout with 15.9 seconds remaining to set up the final play.

They got the ball to Jones, who came in from the right side of the bucket and scored.

After a timeout, the Bobcats had to go the length of the court. But they were unable to get a shot off and Pearl River escaped with the victory.

The game was close throughout. The Wildcats’ longest lead of the game was 17-11 with 6:44 left in the first half when Jones scored on a tip-in. JCJC’s longest lead was 26-23 with 1:25 showing when Gilmore scored.

The Bobcats led 28-27 at halftime.

Gilmore paced the Bobcats, 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the South Division, with 16 points and five assists. Kadeem Fleming added 12 points. Peterson had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, helping the Bobcats to a 39-27 advantage on the boards.

The Bobcats only shot 31.5 percent from the floor, including a 2-of-16 effort from 3-point range.

Jones led the Wildcats, 14-1 overall and 4-0 in league play, with 23 points. Crawford added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Daron Bell had 10 points. Kentari Nettles also had seven rebounds to go with seven points.

PRCC shot 37 percent from the field and was only 1-of-9 from the 3-point line.

Both teams shot well from the free throw line. JCJC was 24-of-27, while the Wildcats were 21-of-26.

Lady Bobcats 72, Lady Wildcats 61

JCJC led for most of the game, but could not put Pearl River away until late.

Kianna Harris converted a 3-point play with 11:01 left in the first half to give JCJC a 15-8 lead. But PRCC came back and tied it up at 17-17 with 8:01 left on a layup by Branita Malone.

The Lady Bobcats then used a 16-4 spurt and went ahead 33-21 with 2:28 left when Alecia Autman scored inside. But Pearl River would trim the lead to 35-29 at halftime.

JCJC took a 45-36 lead with 13:30 left when Alondra Rivers made two free throws. But the Lady Wildcats would pull within 46-45 with 10:15 remaining on a layup by Nicole Holder.

Malone converted a 3-point play to make it 55-53 with 6:09 to play. But on JCJC’s next possession, Frost was fouled.

PRCC’s Francheska Bowman was then called for a technical foul. Tanecka Carey hit both technical foul shots and Frost made one of her free throws to make it 58-53. Frost then converted a 3-point play to give Jones a 61-53 lead with 5:04 remaining.

Jones would take its longest lead of the game when Autman scored off an offensive rebound to make it 72-58 with 14 seconds left.

Frost’s 16-point effort paced the Lady Bobcats, 11-3 overall and 4-0 in division play. Harris added 12 points, while Mechel’Le Thomas and Autman had 10 each. Carey had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Lauren Douglas had six points and team-high six assists.

Malone led Pearl River, 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the division, with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kenyatta Epps, Bowman and Holder had 10 points each. Alayna Bridges also had eight rebounds, as the Lady Wildcats outrebounded JCJC, 39-29.

JCJC shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the floor, while limiting Pearl River to a 38.2 percent (21-of-55) shooting night.



Jones County 72, Pearl River 61

PEARL RIVER (4-8, 1-3) – Branita Malone 15, Kenyatta Epps 10, Francheska Bowman 10, Nicole Holder 10, Eugena Fry 6, Alayna Bridges 5, Toy Johnson 3, Samantha Gunn 2, Shandell Peters 0, Quentessa Bullock 0, Charlene Green 0.

JONES COUNTY (11-3, 4-0) – Kierro Frost 16, Kianna Harris 12, Mechel’Le Thomas 10, Alecia Autman 10, Alondra Rivers 9, Tanecka Carey 9, Lauren Douglas 6, Elyssa McKenzie 0.

Halftime: 35-29, Jones County.




Pearl River 62, Jones County 60

PEARL RIVER (14-1, 4-0) – Emil Jones 23, Phillip Crawford 11, Daron Bell 10, Kentari Nettles 7, Pedro Maciel 5, Vincent Gable 2, Marshun McGee 2, Labaron McMillian 2, Calvin Johnson 0, Lakendrick Maye 0, Nick Magee 0, Mycheal Mills 0.

JONES COUNTY (6-8, 2-2) – Derrious Gilmore 16, Kadeem Fleming 12, Brandon Givens 8, Rico Rankins 7, Albert Peterson 6, Kelvin Nixon 6, Glen Collins 3, Torrey Brown 2, Andrew Marshall 0.

Halftime: 28-27, Jones County.


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