Trojans hit 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Bobcats, 73-72

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-22 19:23:12


By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

WESSON – It was a heartbreaking afternoon for the Jones County Junior College men’s basketball team.

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Jestonia Kimber banked in a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Trojans to a wild, 73-72 victory over the Bobcats here Tuesday in the first round of the men’s MACJC Tournament at Mullen Gymnasium.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 13-11, but they will have a chance to play in the Region 23 Tournament next week at Mississippi College. The tournament bracket will be announced on Friday.

The Trojans will play Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. in the state semifinals against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Bulldogs nipped Itawamba 56-55 on Tuesday.

The Lady Bobcats return to action in the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Wednesday against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The game will be shown live on with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 12:55 p.m.

Trojans 73, Bobcats 72

The game was tied nine times overall and featured eight lead changes in the final eight minutes.

Delta’s Jarvis Moore hit a running, floater in the lane with 2:12 left to give his team a 70-68 lead.

JCJC’s Brandon Givens was fouled with 1:45 left and hit one free throw to make it 70-69. Andrew Marshall’s tip-in gave the Bobcats a 71-70 lead with 1:01 left.

Anthony Evans then missed a shot for Delta. Marshall grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 18.5 seconds left. He missed the front end of a one-and-one and Michael Willis got the rebound for the Trojans.

Miles Mayfield took a wild shot in the lane that missed and Glen Collins got the ball for the Bobcats and was immediately fouled with 6.9 seconds to play.

He made the first shot to make it 72-70, but missed the second. The Trojans grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 5.4 seconds left.

Delta had to go the length of the court. But JCJC had only committed four team fouls and still had two to give before the one and one took effect.

The Trojans got the ball to Evans, who came up the right side of the court and made a pass down the court before JCJC could foul him. The Bobcats knocked the ball out of bounds in front of the Trojan bench with .8 seconds left.

After a timeout, Moore inbounded the ball to Kimber, who immediately launched it towards the goal. It glanced off the backboard and went through the net to give the Trojans the win.

In the first half, Collins hit a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 15-12 lead at the 12:16 mark. They went up 23-15 with 10:05 left when Rico Rankins hit another trey.

Givens converted a 3-point play to put the Bobcats up 31-22 with 6:16 left. That would be the longest lead of the game for either team.

JCJC then went cold from the floor until the end of the half. The Trojans tied the game at 31-31 when Willis slammed home a dunk off an alley oop pass from Moore.

But Derrious Gilmore would hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Bobcats up 34-31 at halftime.

JCJC’s took a 47-41 lead with 15:19 left when Gilmore hit a 3-pointer from the wing. A Kelvin Nixon basket made it 51-45 – matching their longest lead of the second half – with 13:20 remaining, but the Trojans would come back.

A Moore layup tied it at 58-58 with 8:07 left. The game would also be tied at 66-66 and 68-68.

The Bobcats took a blow when Gilmore, their starting point guard, left the game with around eight minutes remaining when he had a fingernail ripped off and could not return.

Givens paced the Bobcats, 13-11, with 25 points and eight rebounds. Rankins added 11 points. Gilmore had eight points and five assists before leaving. Kadeem Fleming had seven assists.

The Bobcats were only 26-of-64 from the floor, including 12-of-33 from 3-point range, for 40.6 percent. They were 8-of-13 from the foul line, but only made 2-of-5 in the final two minutes.

Mayfield led five Trojans in double figures with 16 points. Willis added 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Kimber and Evans had 11 points each, while Moore had 10.

The Trojans were 31-of-61 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, for 50.8 percent. They were 5-of-10 from the free throw line.

Delta outrebounded JCJC, 39-29.



Mississippi Delta 73, Jones County 72

JONES COUNTY (13-11) – Brandon Givens 25, Rico Rankins 11, Kelvin Nixon 9, Derrious Gilmore 8, Glen Collins 6, Kadeem Fleming 5, Andrew Marshall 4, Albert Peterson 4, Torrey Brown 0, Kenyada Wallace 0.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA (13-8) – Miles Mayfield 16, Michael Willis 14, Jestonia Kimber 11, Anthony Evans 11, Jarvis Moore 10, Curtis Stuckey 4, Eric Davidson 3, Danny Bolden 2, Andre Thomas 2.

Jones County                            34 38 – 72

Mississippi Delta                        31 42 – 73




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