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No. 14 Bobcats overcome 9-point deficit to sink Pearl River, 72-69
 January 24, 2014

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

POPLARVILLE – Christopher White and Ashton Woodson keyed a 14-0 run in the second half to propel the 14th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 72-69 victory over Pearl River Community College here Thursday night before a packed house in Shivers Gymnasium.

The victory improves JCJC to 14-1 overall, 6-0 in the MACJC South Division. Pearl River, which lost its fifth straight game, is now 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the league.

In the women’s game, the Lady Wildcats rallied from a 9-point second half deficit and defeated the Lady Bobcats 89-83 in overtime.

The JCJC women, who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped, are now 10-5 overall, 4-2 in the division. Pearl River improves to 10-2 overall, 5-1 in the division.

JCJC returns home to A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Monday to face East Central. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Both games will air on JCJC-TV with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call.

Pearl River travels to Copiah-Lincoln on Monday.

Bobcats 72, Wildcats 69

Pearl River took a 47-38 lead with 13:27 left in the game when Jeremy Hollimon scored.

But the Bobcats then had a spurt led by six points by White and four by Woodson. White’s basket at 9:44 gave JCJC its first lead of the night at 48-47. They would never trail again. Woodson’s basket at 9:15 ended the run and put the Bobcats ahead 52-47.

Woodson’s 3-pointer, followed by a White free throw, gave JCJC its longest lead of the game at 63-56 with 4:13 left.

Pearl River fought back within 68-66 with 56.7 seconds left when Rakeem Esco scored. Woodson’s basket with 32.3 seconds remaining gave JCJC a 72-66 lead.

But Dingell Coleman made two free throws with 27 seconds left and Holliman made a foul shot with 12.5 seconds left to get the Wildcats within 72-69.

Juju’s Adrian Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one with 11.4 seconds to play and the Wildcats had a final chance to tie.

But Karen Bernard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was long and JCJC prevailed.

The Wildcats led the entire first half and went up 28-20 on a Holliman 3-pointer with 6:44 left. The Bobcats cut the lead to 35-31 at halftime.

Woodson had 16 points – 13 in the second half – to lead the Bobcats. White had 12 points, including 10 in the second half. Leroy “Truck” Flood and Bryce Jones added 10 points each. Flood had 6 rebounds, while White and Woodson had 5 boards each. Jones and Johnny Zippered had 4 assists each.

Holliman had 23 points, while Coleman added 14 and Bernard had 13 for the Wildcats. Bryant McGee and Ensco each had 6 rebounds, while Ensco and Coleman each had 5 assists.

JCJC was 28-of-62 from the floor for 45.2 percent, while Pearl River was 20-of-51 for 39.2 percent. The Bobcats were 11-of-20 from the free throw line, while the Wildcats were 23-of-28.

Lady Wildcats 89, Lady Bobcats 83 (OT)

The game was tied at 58-58 midway through the second half when JCJC went on a 12-2 run. A Kaylan Hughes’ bucket with 6:32 remaining gave the Lady Bobcats a 70-60 lead. A putback by Crystal Clay put JCJC ahead 73-64 with 4:58 left, but the Lady Wildcats would rally.

Pearl River’s Kalisha Washington made a 15-footer to the game at 74-74 with 2:45 left. Deantra Darjean’s basket with 2:12 left gave PRCC a 76-74 lead.

But JCJC’s Latisha McCullum hit a 3-pointer with 2:00 left to give the Lady Bobcats a 77-76 lead. Darjean’s free throw with 40.1 seconds left tied the game at 77-77.

The Lady Wildcats were then called for an illegal screen with 8.1 seconds and turned the ball over to JCJC. But the Lady Bobcats were called for a travel before they could get a final shot and the game went into overtime.

Hughes’ jump shot gave the Lady Bobcats a 79-77 lead with 4:12 left in overtime, but Pearl River then scored eight straight points and took an 85-79 lead with 1:19 left when Darjean made two free throws.

JCJC’s Precious Jefferson hit two foul shots with 1:00 left to get JCJC within 85-83, but that would be their final points of the game.

The Lady Bobcats led for most of the first half. JCJC took a 27-21 lead on a 3-pointer by Kadie Parker with 3:10 left. PRCC was within 32-31, but Parker made another 3-pointer with 25 seconds showing to give the Lady Bobcats a 35-31 halftime advantage.

Parker led JCJC with 22 points, including a 10-of-12 effort from the floor. Clay added 11 points and Hughes had 10. Jefferson had 10 rebounds, while Clay had 8 boards. McCullum had 7 assists and 4 steals.

Darjean paced the Lady Wildcats with 28 points, while Washington had 23 and Shanta’ Echols had 11. Echols had 13 rebounds, while Taylor Brister had 5 assists and Washington had 8 steals.

JCJC was 33-of-82 from the field for 40.2 percent, while Pearl River was 29-of-67 for 43.3 percent. JCJC was 11-of-20 from the free throw line, while Pearl River was 27-of-40 from the charity stripe.

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