No. 21 Bobcats come up short vs. No. 10 RaidersDecember 15, 2012
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
NICEVILLE, Fla. – It was a battle of NJCAA Top 25 teams here Friday night at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.
But the homestanding and 10th-ranked Raiders took the lead for good midway through the first half and posted a hard-fought, 72-64 decision over the No. 21 Jones County Junior College Bobcats.
JCJC was within 68-61 with 1:46 to play after Detrick Davis made two free throws. But the Raiders were able to get two offensive rebounds off of their own missed free throws after that, which hurt the Bobcats’ cause.
The Bobcats, 10-1, absorbed their first loss of the season.
Northwest Florida, 11-1, had lost to No. 6 Palm Beach State College (Fla.) 68-63 in its previous game after winning its first 10 games. The Raiders were the preseason No. 1 team in the nation.
The Bobcats will not return to action until they host Coahoma Community College on Jan. 8 at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. The games will be televised on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call.
Northwest Florida will see its next action vs. Aiken Tech College (S.C.) on Dec. 29 in the Gulf Coast Classic in Panama City, Fla.
Bobcats 72, Raiders 64
JCJC took its first lead of the game at 9-8 with 12:59 left in the first half when Tanner Wozniak hit a 3-pointer. The Bobcats’ last lead of the game was at 15-14 with 10:15 left when Donta Pittman drove to the goal for a score.
The game continued to stay close. A slam dunk by Detrick Davis had JCJC within 28-25 with 5:31 to play.
But the Raiders would go on a 14-4 run and take its longest lead of the game at 42-29 with 1:16 left in the half when Chris Jones scored on a drive to the goal.
However, JCJC would get a basket from Emmanuel Davis and a layup by J.J. Bolton and trailed 42-33 at halftime.
JCJC stood toe to toe with Northwest Florida in the second half. The Bobcats were within five points of the lead on five occasions with the final time being at 57-52 with 9:51 to play when Donta Pittman hit a 15-footer.
The Raiders would take their longest lead of the second half with 1:13 to play when Elgin Cook grabbed a missed free throw by teammate Chris Jones and stuck it back in to make it 72-61.
Dontavious Lewis hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key extended with 58.9 seconds to play, but neither team would score again.
Detrick Davis led the Bobcats with 14 points, while Donta Pittman added 12 and Bolton had 10. Bolton and Cory Jackson led the team with seven rebounds each, while Pittman had four assists.
Chris Jones, a 5-foot-10 guard from Memphis, Tenn., led the Raiders with 18 points. Jones is a University of Louisville commitment and is regarded by some services as the nation’s top junior college prospect. In a game earlier this season vs. Lee College (Texas), Jones had 49 points – including the game-winner on a 75-foot shot at the buzzer.
Arthur Edwards added 14 for the Raiders, while Lamin Fulton had 12 – all in the first half. Cook finished with 10.
Cook and Tevin Glass each had 10 rebounds, while Jones led the team with six assists.
The Bobcats were 28-of-51 from the field, including 3-of-13 from 3-point range, for 54.9 percent. Jones was only 5-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Raiders were 26-of-60 from the field, including 8-of-26 from beyond the 3-point arc, for 43.3 percent. Northwest Florida was just 12-of-26 from the free throw line.
Jones committed 20 turnovers compared to just 12 for Northwest Florida. The Raiders outrebounded JCJC, 36-35.