Givens scores 44 points to lead JCJC to 90-86 upset of 8th-ranked Pearl River

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-11 00:24:07

By Shawn Wansley

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POPLARVILLE – Brandon Givens scored 44 points to lead the Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 90-86 upset victory over 8th-ranked Pearl River Community College here Thursday night at Shivers Gymnasium.

Givens, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Ruffin, S.C., was 13-of-20 from the field, including 2-of-6 from 3-point range, and was 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.

The victory improves JCJC to 11-10 overall, 6-4 in South Division play. Pearl River falls to 18-3 overall, 8-2 in the division.

In the women’s game, the Lady Wildcats used a 13-0 run midway in the second half to take control and went on to whip the Lady Bobcats, 84-62.

The Bobcats continue division play on Monday at Southwest Mississippi 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 be audiocast on, beginning at 4:55 p.m. with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call.

JCJC concludes the regular season at home on Feb. 17 against Co-Lin Community College.

Pearl River hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Monday.

Bobcats 90, Wildcats 86

The Bobcats trailed by ten points late in the first half, but came back to lead by two points at the break.

The Wildcats briefly took the lead in the second half, but JCJC took the lead for good when Givens converted a 3-point play with 15:32 left to make it 52-50. JCJC extended the lead to 58-50 when Glen Collins hit a 3-pointer with 15:53 remaining.

Another Collins’ trey made it 69-61 with 11:15 left. But Pearl River came back and got within 76-74 with 7:40 remaining on a Daron Bell basket.

Bell then had a chance to tie it, but missed on a slam dunk attempt at the 7:17 mark. Seconds later, Bell fouled Givens and was also whistled for a technical foul after slamming the ball to the court. Givens then hit 3 of those 4 foul attempts to make it 79-74.

On JCJC’s next possession, Givens was fouled again and hit both free throw attempts to make it 81-74 with 6:23 play.

JCJC took an 88-79 lead with 3:57 left on a Derrious Gilmore drive to the goal. Bell’s 3-pointer cut the lead to 88-82 with 3:17 left. Bell converted a 3-point play with 2:25 remaining to make it 88-85 and Phillip Crawford hit a free throw to trim the lead to 88-86 with 1:01 left.

JCJC’s Torrey Brown missed a pair of foul shots with 36.5 seconds to play and the Wildcats had a chance to tie. But Emil Jones missed on a 10-footer and the Bobcats grabbed the rebound.

Givens was fouled on a hard move to the goal and hit both shots with 21.1 seconds to play. The Wildcats misfired on a shot and then turned the ball over, as JCJC held on for the thrilling victory.

Pearl River had control of the game early, taking an 18-10 lead with 11:33 left in the first half on a Labaron McMillian basket. The Wildcats took their longest lead of the game at 30-20 with 6:51 left on a basket by Crawford.

However, the Bobcats used a 13-2 run and took a 33-32 lead with 4:06 showing on two free throws by Collins. They expanded the lead to 43-37 with 1:26 to play when Givens scored, but the Wildcats closed the gap to 43-41 at halftime.

Rico Rankins added 15 points for the Bobcats, while Gilmore had 11 points and nine assists. Givens also led the team with seven rebounds.

Crawford paced the Wildcats with 29 points, while Bell added 14 and Lakendrick Maye had 12.

Pearl River nipped JCJC 62-60 on Jan. 18 at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

Lady Wildcats 84, Lady Bobcats 62

The game was close for the first 30 minutes.

Pearl River took a 13-8 lead with 15:40 left in the first half when Kenyatta Epps scored. The Lady Bobcats tied the game at 17-17 with 12:33 left when Tierro Frost scored.

PRCC went up 25-19 with 7:22 left when Francheska Bowman scored, but Tanecka Carey hit a 3-pointer and a layup to make it 25-24 with 5:56 showing.

The Lady Wildcats took their longest lead of the first half at 33-26 with 2:13 left when Branita Malone scored. JCJC then ended the half on a 7-1 run and cut the lead to 34-33 at halftime when Carey scored at the buzzer.

Carey hit a 15-footer to start the second half, giving JCJC its final lead of the night at 35-34 with 19:10 left in the game.

But leading 43-41 with just less than 13 minutes to play, the Lady Wildcats scored 13 straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Epps, and took a 56-41 lead with 9:30 left.

Carey scored four straight points for JCJC to make it 56-45, but Pearl River then went on an 18-5 spurt and took a 74-50 lead with 4:10 left on a Bowman basket. PRCC’s longest lead was 84-59 in the final seconds.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee, led the Lady Bobcats with 36 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Malone had 18 points for PRCC, while Epps and Bowman had 17 each.

JCJC falls to 15-6 overall and 8-2 in division play. Pearl River is now 9-9 overall and 6-4 in the league.



Pearl River 84, Jones County 62

JONES COUNTY (15-6 overall, 8-2 South Division) – Tanecka Carey 36, Alondra Rivers 6, Kianna Harris 6, Alecia Autman 6, Mechel’Le Thomas 3, Tierro Frost 2, Sharnay Mills 2, Elyssa McKenzie 1, Kierro Frost 0.

PEARL RIVER (9-9 overall, 6-4 South Division) – Branita Malone 18, Kenyatta Epps 17, Francheska Bowman 17, Alayna Bridges 8, Toy Johnson 7, Quentessa Bullock 7, Samantha Gunn 6, Eugena Fry 4, Charlene Green 0, Shanell Peters 0.

Halftime: 34-33, Pearl River.



Jones County 90, Pearl River 86

JONES COUNTY (11-10 overall, 6-4 South Division) – Brandon Givens 44, Rico Rankins 15, Derrious Gilmore 11, Glen Collins 9, Albert Peterson 5, Kenyada Wallace 3, Andrew Marshall 2, Kadeem Fleming 1, Kelvin Nixon 0, Torrey Brown 0.

PEARL RIVER (18-3 overall, 8-2 South Division) – Phillip Crawford 29, Daron Bell 14, Lakendrick Maye 12, Labaron McMillian 9, Kentari Nettles 8, Emil Jones 7, Vincent Gable 3, Pedro Maciel 2, Marshun McGee 2, Calvin Johnson 0.

Halftime: 43-41, Jones County.




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