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No. 8 EMCC Lions open hoops season with 97-57 home win over Georgia Highlands; EMCC women fall 84-60
 November 2, 2012


SCOOBA – The eighth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College tipped off the 2012-13 basketball season Thursday evening with a convincing 97-57 home win over Georgia Highlands College at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.  In the women’s opener, visiting Georgia Highlands knocked off EMCC’s Lady Lions 84-60.
Ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Top 25 preseason men’s poll, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions led the entire contest.  After jumping out to an early 14-2 lead, the three-time reigning NJCAA Region 23 champions maintained a comfortable 51-28 halftime advantage.

The Lions managed to double-up the visiting Chargers, 60-30, by the 16:25 mark of the second stanza.  The cushion ballooned to 40 points (76-36) with 12 minutes still remaining in the contest as EMCC coasted to the 40-point, season-opening triumph.

Sophomore swing man Jarekious Bradley led all scorers with 25 points, including 16 in the opening half.  The former Midland College (Texas) transfer by way of Memphis East High School registered a double-double in his EMCC debut by adding 13 rebounds.

Former Brandon High School product Trey Brown tallied 13 of his 18 points in the second half, while freshman guard Jacolby Mobley, of Starkville, scored 11 of his 14 points following the intermission.  Sophomore guard A.J. Wade, from Northeast Lauderdale, rounded out the quartet of double-digit Lion scorers with a dozen points.

In playing its first game as a collegiate team after the school established an athletics program during the summer, Georgia Highlands was led by Damon Mitchell and Femi Ojuolape with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

In the women’s opener, head coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC Lady Lions never owned a lead.  With the game tied at 13-13, the visiting Lady Chargers scored a dozen unanswered points to establish a double-digit margin.

After trailing 41-31 at the halftime break, the EMCC women cut the deficit to nine points a couple of times early in the second half.  Thwarting any possibility of a Lady Lion comeback, a 10-0 run by Georgia Highlands pushed the lead back up to 19 points (55-36) with 14 minutes remaining in the contest.

Freshmen Takera Mitchell, of Wayne County, and Charmane Tims, from Clarkdale High School, paced the Lady Lions with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Also making their program debut, the GHC women featured very balanced scoring with five players reaching twin digits in the scoring column.  Gabrielle Kendall led the way with a game-high 18 points, followed by Seandre Lee and Amber Curtis with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

The EMCC Lady Lions hit the road to face San Jacinto College (Texas) in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.  Both East Mississippi basketball teams return home to entertain rival Meridian Community College on Thursday, Nov. 8.  Doubleheader hoops action tips off at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s contest followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s game at EMCC’s Currie Coliseum. 

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