Southern-Shreveport eliminates Bobcats in Region 23 Tournament
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-01 08:56:59
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
CLINTON – The basketball season came to an end for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats here Monday night in the opening round of the Region 23 Tournament.
The Southern-Shreveport Jaguars never trailed in defeating the Bobcats, 87-65, in A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. The Bobcats end the season with a 15-10 record.
The Jaguars, 25-4, advance to the region semifinals to take on Itawamba Community College at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Itawamba upset state champion Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 87-75, earlier Monday.
On the women’s side of the tournament, the Lady Bobcats will meet East Mississippi Community College at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in a first-round game. The contest will be shown live on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 5:55 p.m.
Jaguars 87, Bobcats 65
The Bobcats struggled from the start, turning the ball over without taking a shot on their first three possessions.
Southern-Shreveport jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 16:06 left in the first half when Corey Blake hit a layup. A Marcus Sheppard layup made it 14-6 at the 13:42 mark.
JCJC’s Glen Collins would hit a 3-pointer to cut the Jaguar lead to 15-11 with 10:19 left. But Southern-Shreveport would use a 12-4 spurt and take a 27-15 lead when Sheppard hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Torrey Brown’s 3-pointer with 2:27 left pulled the Bobcats to within 33-24, but that would be the final time they would be within single digits. The Jaguars would lead 39-26 at halftime.
A 3-pointer by Derrious Gilmore cut the lead to 41-31 with 18:55 left, but that would be as close as JCJC would get the remainder of the game. Southern-Shreveport would then use a 19-5 run over the next three minutes and take command of the game. Marcus Gay’s slam dunk put the Jaguars ahead 60-36 with 15:50 left to play.
The Jaguars’ longest lead came at 79-47 with 6:55 remaining when Lester Johnson hit a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner. The closest JCJC got after that was the final margin.
Brandon Givens was the only Bobcat in double figures with 24 points. Givens and Andrew Marshall each pulled down eight rebounds.
Johnson had 25 for the Jaguars, hitting 9-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Gay and Tydrick King had 14 points each, while Blake added 11 and Rodney Hill had 10. Gay and King had nine rebounds each, while Blake had eight boards.
The Jaguars outrebounded JCJC, 38-24.
The Bobcats were 23-of-49 from the field, including 5-of-20 from 3-point range, for 46.9 percent. They were only 14-of-27 from the free throw line for 51.9 percent.
The Jaguars were 33-of-66 from the floor, including 12-of-17 from 3-point range, for 50 percent. They hit 9-of-15 from the foul line for 60 percent.
In Monday’s other first-round games, Pearl River beat Northeast, 70-59, and East Mississippi downed East Central, 81-74. Pearl River meets East Mississippi at noon on Wednesday in a semifinal game.
The men’s championship game will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Southern-Shreveport 87, Jones County 65
JONES COUNTY (15-10) – Brandon Givens 24, Torrey Brown 8, Andrew Marshall 7, Kelvin Nixon 6, Albert Peterson 5, Glen Collins 5, Derrious Gilmore 4, Rico Rankins 4, Kenyada Wallace 2.
SOUTHERN-SHREVEPORT (25-4) – Lester Johnson 25, Marcus Gay 14, Tydrick King 14, Corey Blake 11, Rodney Hill 10, Marcus Sheppard 5, Olivier Siewe 4, Jereol Walker 3, Bobby Tobin 1, Jacobee Lee 0, Russell Diggs 0, Cantrell Griffin 0.
Jones County 26 39 – 65
Southern-Shreveport 39 48 – 87