Bobcats crush Eagles; prepare to face No. 2 NW FloridaDecember 7, 2012
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – It was the perfect tuneup for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats here Thursday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.
The undefeated Bobcats were never threatened as they annihilated Meridian Community College, 101-55.
That victory sets up the Bobcats, 10-0, for a showdown with second-ranked Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla., at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Northwest Florida, 9-0, was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll. The Bobcats received votes in the latest poll.
In the women’s contest, the Lady Bobcats rallied from a nine-point, first half deficit and went on to defeat MCC, 82-67.
The Lady Bobcats, 5-4, will not play again until Jan. 8 at home vs. Coahoma Community College. The women’s game will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. Those games will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call.
Bobcats 101, Eagles 55
It was over quickly, as JCJC jumped out to a 6-0 lead and took a 23-3 lead with 11:02 left in the first half on a Donta Pittman free throw. The Bobcats stretched the lead to 52-17 at halftime, as they held Meridian to just a 4-of-28 shooting performance for 14.3 percent.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Bobcats went out to a 78-36 advantage with 10:34 left on a Pittman basket. JCJC’s longest lead of the night came at 99-50 with 1:34 to play when Pittman scored off an offensive rebound.
Pittman paced the Bobcats with 15 points, while J.J. Bolton added 13. Detrick Davis and Tanner Wozniak contributed 12 points each. Wesley Bell-Blackmon had a game-high 10 rebounds. Cory Jackson and Adrian Potter had eight boards each, as JCJC outrebounded the Eagles, 52-24.
JCJC was 41-of-84 from the field, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range, for 48.8 percent. The Bobcats were 13-of-20 from the charity stripe.
Aubrey Humphrey led the Eagles, 0-13, with 17 points. Kenny Davis added 11.
MCC was 18-of-59 from the field, including just a 1-of-13 effort from 3-point range, for 30.5 percent. The Eagles were 18-of-29 from the line.
Jones defeated the Eagles 68-57 on Nov. 19 in Meridian.
Lady Bobcats 82, Lady Eagles 67
JCJC had to battle, but they were able to end the 2012 portion of their schedule on a positive note.
Meridian would take a 27-18 lead with 8:42 to play in the first half on a Kristen Sampson basket.
But JCJC fought back and took the lead for good at 35-33 when Chelsea Phillips hit a 3-pointer with 2:35 left. The Lady Bobcats ended the first half on a 14-0 run, capped by a Keoshya Wilson layup with three seconds to play, to take a 42-33 lead at intermission.
MCC came back and trimmed the lead to 48-44 with 15:40 left when Victoria Stewart hit a 3-pointer from the right corner.
Leading 61-53 with just over nine minutes to play, the Lady Bobcats went on a 10-2 run to take control of the game. A putback by Precious Jefferson gave Jones a 71-55 lead with 5:03 left.
JCJC’s biggest lead was 18 points on two occasions – the final one being at 78-60 with 2:54 left on another offensive rebound basket by Jefferson.
LaTisha McCullum led the Lady Bobcats with 17 points, while Kaylan Hughes had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Jefferson added 14 points and eight boards, while Wilson had 13 points. Kimberly Clemts also had eight rebounds and Phillips had seven assists.
Gelese Lampton had 29 points for Meridian, including a 5-of-11 effort from 3-point range. Reyada Stinner added 10 for MCC, now 9-4 on the year.
The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Meridian by a 58-31 margin, including a whopping, 37-14 advantage in the second half.
JCJC was 31-of-91 from the field, including 6-of-16 from 3-point range, for 34.1 percent. The Lady Bobcats were 14-of-22 from the free throw line.
MCC was 27-of-74 from the field, including 6-of-15 from beyond the arc, for 36.5 percent. The Lady Eagles were only 7-of-15 from the line.
Meridian defeated the Lady Bobcats 82-76 on Nov. 19.