Bobcats take two from SMCC
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-15 00:07:38
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
SUMMIT – The Jones County Junior College basketball teams made their final regular season road appearance here Monday night at Southwest Gymnasium – and both squads came away victorious.
The Lady Bobcats broke a 34-34 tie in the final three minutes of the first half with a 12-2 run and went on to a 90-66 victory over the Southwest Mississippi Community College Lady Bears.
In the men’s game, the Bobcats took the lead for good with just less than six minutes to play and held on for a tough, 71-69 South Division road victory.
JCJC closes the regular season at home in A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Thursday against Co-Lin Community College. It will be “Sophomore Night” and “Pink Zone Night” as the Lady Bobcats will be wearing pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Both contests will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m.
Both JCJC teams will be participating in the MACJC State Tournament next week at Co-Lin. The tournament will take place Feb. 21-24 and all games involving JCJC will be shown live on www.jcjc.tv.
The tournament bracket will be announced on Friday afternoon.
Both Southwest teams end their seasons at Hinds Community College on Thursday.
Lady Bobcats 90, Lady Bears 66
There were eight ties and six lead changes in the first half.
The Lady Bears took their longest lead of the game at 26-21 with 7:05 left when Aunjanique Miller hit a 3-pointer from the right wing. But JCJC came back and went ahead on an Alondra Rivers’ 3-pointer with 5:40 left to make it 29-28.
A Brittany Patterson layup tied the game for SMCC at 34-34 with 3:14 left, but that would be the final time the game would be knotted.
Rivers scored 10 of JCJC’s final 12 points of the first half, as the Lady Bobcats took a 46-36 lead at intermission.
JCJC jumped out to a 54-37 lead with 17:59 left in the game when Rivers made a layup. SMCC fought back and got within 68-56 with 6:45 to play on a Kierra Addison basket.
But JCJC then went on a 13-0 run – helped by a pair of Tanecka Carey 3-pointers – and took command. Kianna Harris converted a 3-point play with 4:44 remaining to make it 81-56.
The Lady Bobcats would lead by as many as 25 points on three occasions – the final time being 88-63 with 2:36 left when Alecia Autman hit a layup.
Rivers and Carey paced the JCJC offense with 17 points each. Mechel’Le Thomas and Harris both scored 13 points. Carey led the team with nine rebounds, while Thomas had six assists.
Patterson was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points. Miller added 16 and Addison had 13.
The Lady Bobcats improve to 16-6 overall and 9-2 in division play. SMCC falls to 7-11 overall, 2-9 in the league.
Bobcats 71, Bears 69
It was a tough game throughout for JCJC, but they managed to survive.
Kadeem Fleming’s layup gave the Bobcats a 71-65 lead with 1:46 left in the game. Micheal Hall’s layup cut the lead to 71-67 with 1:28 left and a Phillip Morris layup made it 71-69 with 1:06 remaining.
The Bobcats turned the ball over on a shot clock violation with 26.3 seconds to play. The Bears called timeout with 20.7 seconds to play and set up the potential game-tying shot.
They got the ball to Morris, who got a shot in the lane, but missed. Torrey Brown grabbed the rebound for Jones and was fouled with two seconds to play. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, Hall got the rebound and called time with 1.7 seconds to play.
The Bears inbounded the ball to Morris, but he was called for a travel just before attempting a shot from ¾ court at the buzzer.
It was a hard-fought game from the start for JCJC.
The Bobcats tied the game at 15-15 with 10:50 left in the first half on a rebound slam by Andrew Marshall. But Southwest went on a 13-4 run and took a 28-19 lead with 4:26 left when Parker Moore hit a 3-pointer.
A Brown free throw cut the lead to 28-23 with 3:12 left, but the Bears would score seven straight points and go up 35-23 with 1:17 left in the half on two free throws by Hall.
JCJC would trail 35-27 at halftime.
The Bobcats tied the game at 42-42 with 14:10 left on an Albert Peterson 3-pointer But the Bears came back and would take a 55-49 lead with 10:09 left on a Hall 3-pointer.
The Bobcats would rally and took the lead for good when Brandon Givens hit a 3-pointer with 5:59 remaining make it 61-59.
Givens scored 22 points in the second half and finished the game with 27 points. Givens also led the team in rebounds with 10. Fleming had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Bobcats are now 12-10 overall and 7-4 in the division.
The Bears got 29 points from Hall. Morris and Blake Rhodus added 11 each. SMCC drops to 3-15 overall and 2-9 in the division.
Jones County 90, Southwest 66
JONES COUNTY (16-6 overall, 9-2 South Division) – Alondra Rivers 17, Tanecka Carey 17, Mechel’Le Thomas 13, Kianna Harris 13, Alecia Autman 8, Elyssa McKenzie 7, Kierro Frost 6, Sharnay Mills 6, Tierro Frost 3, Kaci McCurdy 0.
SOUTHWEST (7-11 overall, 2-9 South Division) – Brittany Patterson 19, Aunjanique Miller 16, Kierra Addison 13, Jasmine Harbor 7, Lacey Orr 4, Megan Calcote 4, Valerie Eubanks 3, Shanekqua Bibbs 0, Candice Wiltz 0, Julencia Brown 0.
Halftime: 46-36, Jones County.
Jones County 71, Southwest 69
JONES COUNTY (12-10 overall, 7-4 South Division) – Brandon Givens 27, Kadeem Fleming 14, Kelvin Nixon 8, Albert Peterson 8, Andrew Marshall 4, Glen Collins 3, Torrey Brown 3, Kenyada Wallace 2, Rico Rankins 2, Derrious Gilmore 0.
SOUTHWEST (3-15 overall, 2-9 South Division) – Micheal Hall 29, Blake Rhodus 11, Phillip Morris 11, P.J. McCray 7, George Thomas 6, Parker Moore 3, Jacob Morgan 2, Darien Stewart 0, Josh Tate 0.
Halftime: 35-27, Southwest.