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No. 25 Wildcats down Bobcats in double overtime
 January 25, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The “Catfight on the Hardwood” lived up to expectations.

Pearl River Community College’s Jeremy Hollimon banked in an off-balance, 25-footer with .1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime at 69-69.

The 25th-ranked Wildcats then went on to edge the Jones County Junior College Bobcats 83-79 in double overtime before over 2,000 fans at A.B. Howard Gymnasium here Thursday night.

The victory improves Pearl River to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the MACJC South Division. JCJC falls to 12-3 overall, 4-1 in division play.

In the women’s game, the Lady Bobcats prevailed, 74-70. JCJC is now 8-5 overall, 3-2 in the division, while Pearl River falls to 7-8 overall, 2-3 in league play.

The Bobcats travel to Decatur to face East Central Community College on Monday. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Fans can follow the games via Twitter at jcjc_athletics.

Pearl River hosts Co-Lin on Monday.

Wildcats 83, Bobcats 79 (2OT)

The teams battled to a 34-34 tie at halftime, but the Bobcats would control play for most of the second half.

A slam dunk by Donta Pittman off a perfect touch pass from J.J. Bolton gave JCJC its longest lead of the event at 53-44 with 11:01 left.

Pearl River battled back to within 60-59 with 4:50 remaining when Daniel Grieves made two free throws. But a Detrick Davis basket and two Bolton free throws put the Bobcats up 64-59 at the 4:03 mark.

A Raymond Pittman free throw gave the Bobcats a 67-63 lead with 50.9 seconds left. Pearl River’s Deangelo Coleman then hit a 3-pointer with 40.1 seconds to play to make it 67-66.

An Emmanuel Davis free throw with 33.6 seconds remaining made it 68-66. Hollimon then missed two free throws with 20.3 seconds left. Cory Jackson grabbed the rebound off the second miss and was fouled with 18.8 seconds to play. Jackson hit one free shot to put Jones up 69-66.

Pearl River’s Xavier Rimmer then missed a 3-pointer, Bolton grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Bolton went to the free throw line with 8.2 seconds remaining, but missed both free throws.

The Wildcats got the rebound and got the ball to Hollimon, who was able to make the difficult 3-pointer to force overtime at 69-69. That was the first time the game had been tied since 36-36 with 18:33 left.

Both teams had problems scoring in the first overtime. Bolton’s layup at 3:08 and a Detrick Davis free throw with 2:26 remaining gave Jones a 72-69 lead. Rimmer’s 3-pointer at 1:32 tied the game at 72-72.

Both teams had several opportunities after that, but could not convert.

The Wildcats had the final shot, but on a tip-in effort, the ball became wedged between the goal and backboard with .3 seconds left. Pearl River got the ball on the alternating possession, but failed to get a shot off on the inbounds play.

In the second overtime, Bolton hit a 3-pointer, but Rimmer and Hollimon hit consecutive baskets to give Pearl River a 76-75 lead with 2:35 left. It was their first lead since 34-32 late in the first half.

Bolton then hit a pair of free throws with 2:14 left to give Jones a 77-76 lead. PRCC’s Demondre Harvey then got a tip-in with 1:43 to play to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 78-77.

Grieves then hit two free throws with 1:02 remaining to put the Wildcats up 80-77. A Donta Pittman layup cut the lead to 80-79 with 49.8 seconds to play.

The Wildcats then held the ball for almost the entire 35 seconds on the shot clock. Rimmer then threw up a desperation 3-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock expired. The ball went in and gave the Wildcats their longest lead of the game with 15 seconds left. JCJC turned the ball over on its final possession.

Bolton had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to pace Jones. Detrick Davis added 13 points and nine rebounds. Donta Pittman had 11 points and Emmanuel Davis added 10. Jackson finished with eight rebounds to go with six points.

Hollimon had 17 for Pearl River, while Rimmer added 14, Grieves had 12 and Kaven Bernard had 10.

JCJC was 24-of-53 from the field, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range, for 45 percent. The Bobcats were 17-of-28 from the foul line.

Pearl River was 27-of-56 from the floor, including 6-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line, for 48 percent. The Wildcats struggled from the free throw line, making only 11-of-27.

The Bobcats outrebounded Pearl River 39-33. Each team was charged with 21 turnovers.

Lady Bobcats 74, Lady Wildcats 70

Trailing 29-24, the Lady Bobcats outscored Pearl River 14-2 over the last 4:40 of the first half to take a 38-31 halftime lead.

JCJC continued the momentum into the second half and took a 55-43 lead with 11:11 left when Kaylan Hughes scored. But Pearl River came back and got within 57-54 with 6:30 to play on a Francheska Bowman basket.

Leading 63-56, the Lady Bobcats then got a 5-point possession. Precious Jefferson scored, drew the foul and converted the 3-point play. Pearl River was also called for a technical foul and Jefferson converted both shots to give the Lady Bobcats a 68-56 lead with 4:16 left.

But the Lady Wildcats would pull within 71-68 with 45 seconds remaining on a pair of Kalisha Washington free throws. But a LaTisha McCullum layup and a free throw by Jefferson clinched the game for Jones.

Hughes led JCJC with 17 points, while Jefferson had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chelsea Phillips had 12 points, while McCullum and Khadijah Jones had 10 points each. Caitlyn Spane had 10 rebounds to go with seven points.

Washington and Chaquita McGee had 13 points each, while Daiquari Raine had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Pearl River.

JCJC was 28-of-66 from the floor, including 5-of-16 from 3-point range, for 42 percent. The Lady Bobcats were only 13-of-27 from the foul line.

Pearl River was 26-of-75 from the field, including 2-of-8 from 3-point range, for 35 percent. The Lady Wildcats were just 16-of-30 from the free throw line.

Pearl River outrebounded JCJC 40-38. The Lady Bobcats committed 32 turnovers, while Pearl River was charged with 30.

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