Bobcats outgun Meridian, 113-100

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-07 22:55:00

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Fans expected a lot of points to be scored when the Jones County Junior College Bobcats hosted the Meridian Community College Eagles here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

They were not disappointed.

The Bobcats took the lead for good less than two minutes into the game, led 65-46 at halftime and went on to outscore the Eagles, 113-100. The victory avenged a 113-107 Bobcat loss on Nov. 22 in Meridian.

In the women’s game, MCC got a little revenge of its own as the Lady Eagles defeated JCJC, 87-78. The Lady Bobcats had beaten MCC 87-85 earlier this season.

JCJC returns to South Division action on Thursday when travel to Pearl River 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 air on with a live audiocast with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 4:55 p.m.

Meridian goes to Shreveport Community College (La.) on Thursday.

Bobcats 113, Eagles 100

JCJC shot a blistering 63.4 percent in the first half, making 26-of-41 shots, including 10-of-16 from 3-point range. They cooled off a bit in the second half and ended the game shooting 56.2 percent, converting 41-of-73 shots from the field, including 14-of-25 from beyond the arc.

Sophomore forward Brandon Givens paced JCJC, 10-10 overall, with 29 points. Derrious Gilmore and Kadeem Fleming added 18 points each and Glen Collins came off the bench to scored 12 points. Gilmore dished out 10 assists.

JCJC took the lead for good when Givens hit a 3-pointer to make it 8-6 with 18:04 left in the first half. The Bobcats took a 31-16 lead with 12:20 showing when Andrew Marshall scored on a tip-in.

Givens converted a 3-point play with 5:11 remaining to give JCJC its largest lead of the opening half at 54-31.

MCC cut the lead to 68-52 with 17:24 left in the game when Emmanuel Donald converted two free throws. However, JCJC went on a 13-2 run and took its longest lead of the game at 81-54 with 14:36 left when Albert Peterson slammed home a dunk off an offensive rebound.

The Eagles would get within 86-71 with 8:20 left when Emery Kelly made a layup. A Collins’ 3-pointer gave JCJC a 100-82 lead with 4:33 left and another Collins’ trey put the Bobcats up 108-86 with 3:11 to play.

The final margin was the closest the Eagles got in the second half.

Travis Fredimon led five Eagles in double figures with 21 points. Pierre Crawford added 17, Kelly had 14 and Deangelo Priar and Nick Watkins added 12 each.

MCC falls to 14-10 on the season.

Lady Eagles 87, Lady Bobcats 78

There were four lead changes early in the game, but Meridian took the lead for good at 17-15 with 15:02 left in the first half when CalNitra White converted a 3-point play. That started a 13-0 MCC run where they held the Lady Bobcats scoreless for five minutes.

JCJC finally broke the drought when Alondra Rivers had a 3-point play to make it 27-18 with 10:02 showing. But MCC then used a 10-2 spurt and took its longest lead of the half at 37-20 with 7:42 left when Arnissa Galloway made two foul shots.

The Lady Bobcats, however, quickly got back into the game. A Tanecka Carey basket ended an 18-5 surge by JCJC and trimmed the Lady Eagle lead to 42-38 with 1:39 left in the half.

Alecia Autman’s basket at the buzzer made it 45-41.

The Lady Bobcats would get within 55-53 with 13:02 left when Rivers hit a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner, but that would be as close as they would get.

MCC then scored 10 straight points and took a 65-53 lead with 9:29 to play when Norianna Haynes scored on an inside shot. The Lady Eagles would then match their longest lead of the evening at 79-62 with 3:46 left on a Galloway layup.

JCJC would make one final charge. Trailing 83-69 with just over two minutes to go, the Lady Bobcats scored nine straight points. Rivers stole the ball and converted a layup with 37.4 seconds to play to make it 83-78. They had a chance to get even closer after MCC missed a pair of foul shots, but the Lady Eagles would grab a rebound after a missed 3-point attempt. Haynes would hit four free throws in the final 13.4 seconds to clinch it.

Rivers paced JCJC, 15-5 overall, with 27 points. Carey had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. The Lady Bobcats had won three straight and eight of nine coming into the game.

Kearney paced the Eagles, 21-4 overall, with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Haynes added 24 points. Galloway had 12 points and 10 rebounds.




Meridian 87, Jones County 78

MERIDIAN (21-4) – Chasity Kearney 29, Norianna Haynes 24, Arnissa Galloway 12, Kia Morris 9, CalNitra White 5, Bianca Powell 2, Mariane Bilbro 2, Deanna Bolton 2, Jasmine Anderson 2, Shumond Hughes 0, Kayla Hawkins 0, Tay Odneal 0, Shana Lampton 0.

JONES COUNTY (15-5) – Alondra River 27, Tanecka Carey 21, Alecia Autman 9, Kianna Harris 8, Elyssa McKenzie 5, Mechel’Le Thomas 4, Tierro Frost 2, Kierro Frost 2, Sharnay Mills 0, Kaci McCurdy 0.

Halftime: 45-41, Meridian.



Jones County 113, Meridian 100

MERIDIAN (14-10) – Travis Fredimon 21, Pierre Crawford 17, Emery Kelly 14, Deangelo Priar 12, Nick Watkins 12, Emmanuel Donald 8, Lakin Ford 8, Edrico McGregor 4, Ray Cager 3, Cortavious Vaughn 1.

JONES COUNTY (10-10) – Brandon Givens 29, Derrious Gilmore 18, Kadeem Fleming 18, Glen Collins 12, Albert Peterson 8, Torrey Brown 7, Andrew Marshall 7, Kenyada Wallace 7, Kelvin Nixon 5, Rico Rankins 2.

Halftime: 65-46, Jones County.



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