Bobcats take two from East Central

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-01 00:30:07

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College had little room for error in its game here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

Because of injuries and illness, JCJC only dressed eight players against South Division foe East Central Community College. But the Bobcats got a 29-point, 16-rebound effort from Brandon Givens, placed four players in double figures and whipped the Warriors, 105-89.

In the women’s game, the Lady Bobcats used a smothering defense to force 28 turnovers, Tanecka Carey scored 33 points and JCJC rolled to a 99-78 decision over ECCC.

The Bobcats return home Thursday to continue division play against Mississippi Gulf Coast 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 on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m.

East Central travels to Northwest Mississippi Community College on Thursday.

Bobcats 105, Warriors 89

Givens, who entered the game averaging 21.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, bettered those numbers against East Central, but the 6-foot-6 Ruffin, S.C., had plenty of help.

Heidelberg freshman Kelvin Nixon had 25 points and six rebounds, while Baltimore sophomore guard Derrious Gilmore had 23 points. Port Gibson sophomore Kadeem Fleming added 15.

JCJC would outrebound the Warriors, 42-25. The Bobcats avenged a 76-64 loss at Decatur on Dec. 6.

ECCC got off to a quick start, taking a 6-0 lead almost two minutes into play. Jones would then come back and take a 16-10 lead with 14:44 to go in the first half when Fleming hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.

The Warriors would tie it at 16-16 with 12:36 to play when Bilal Kelly scored. But the Bobcats would take the lead for good when Nixon scored with 12:17 showing to make it 18-16.

That started a 17-5 Bobcat run, which ended with Givens hitting a pair of free throws at the 5:26 mark to make 33-21. Givens hit 10-of-12 foul shots on the night and as a team the Bobcats would make 33-of-44 from the charity stripe.

East Central cut the lead to 35-28 with 3:09 showing when Jimmie Broomfield hit a 3-pointer. But the Bobcats would take a 45-32 lead at halftime.

JCJC would come out strong in the second half and take their longest lead of the night at 58-36 with 14:58 to play when Gilmore made two free throws. The Bobcats would maintain a double-digit lead for most of the remainder of the game until Kelly hit a 15-footer with 2:50 to play to make it 87-78.

East Central got as close as 94-86 with 1:24 remaining when Broomfield made three free throws. But JCJC scored nine straight points to put the game away.

The Bobcats improved to 9-9 overall and 5-3 in division play.

Kenneth Barlow had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, 8-10 overall and 3-5 in league play. Keondre’ Hodges added 14, while Kegan Houston and Broomfield had 10 each.

Lady Bobcats 99, Lady Warriors 78

JCJC never trailed in posting the victory.

The Lady Bobcats led 11-9 just over five minutes into the game, but they would go on a 19-0 run to take command of the game. Mechel’Le Thomas’ basket off an assist by Alondra Rivers gave JCJC a 30-9 lead with 9:58 left in the first half.

JCJC then would take its longest lead of the game when Carey hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 38-11. The Lady Warriors would cut the margin to 51-35 with 1:17 left when Deidra Hawkins scored.

The Lady Bobcats would lead 54-37 at halftime.

ECCCs Shana Ward made a free throw with 18:18 left in the game to make it 54-38, but that would be the closest they would get.

JCJC would hold the Lady Warriors without a field goal for almost six minutes to start the second half. The Lady Bobcats would take their longest of the second half at 66-40 with 12:32 to play on a Carey basket.

ECCC then scored seven straight points to make it 66-47 with just over 10 minutes to play. The Lady Bobcats would run the lead out to as much as 85-60 with 5:15 remaining when Thomas scored.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee out of Jackson Murrah, also had seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Lady Bobcats. She entered the game averaging 21.6 points per game. Rivers, a freshman from Decatur, Ga., added 21 points and Thomas, a New Orleans sophomore, had 13.

The Lady Bobcats are now 14-4 overall, 7-1 in the division. They remain a game behind Co-Lin in the league race, as the 8-0 Lady Wolves held on to beat Pearl River, 62-60, Monday night in Wesson.

Ja’Monica Orton paced East Central, 7-11 overall and 2-6 in the division, with 18 points. Hawkins added 13, Annie Brewer had 12 and Quentinette Odom had 10.

The Lady Bobcats won at East Central, 99-96, in the first meeting between the two teams this season.



Jones County 98, East Central 77

EAST CENTRAL (7-11 overall, 2-6 South Division) – Ja’Monica Orton 18, Deidra Hawkins 13, Annie Brewer 12, Quentinette Odom 10, Inessa Adams 6, J.K. McWilliams 6, Shana Ward 5, Xenobia Lavender 4, Kurleysha Bell 2, Shanequa Bufkin 1, Bianca Thomas 0, Alise Bryant 0.

JONES COUNTY (14-4 overall, 7-1 South Division) – Tanecka Carey 33, Alondra Rivers 21, Mechel’Le Thomas 13, Kianna Harris 9, Tierro Frost 8, Alecia Autman 8, Elyssa McKenzie 6, Kierro Frost 0, Sharnay Mills 0.

Halftime: 54-37, Jones County.



Jones County 105, East Central 89

EAST CENTRAL (8-10 overall, 3-5 South Division) – Kenneth Barlow 26, Keondre’ Hodges 14, Kegan Houston 10, Jimmie Broomfield 10, Bilal Kelley 8, Glenn Thomas Jr. 8, Curtis Loving 7, Sharavarus Wilson 6, Shelton Banks 0

JONES COUNTY (9-9 overall, 5-3 South Division) – Brandon Givens 29 (16 rebounds), Kelvin Nixon 25, Derrious Gilmore 23, Kadeem Fleming 15, Glen Collins 7, Torrey Brown 2, Andrew Marshall 2, Kenyada Wallace 2.

Halftime: 45-32, Jones County.


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