Second half keys Bobcats past East Central, 90-71January 29, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
DECATUR – J.J. Bolton and Detrick Davis each had a ‘double-double’ to help the Jones County Junior College Bobcats whip East Central Community College 90-71 here Monday night at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
JCJC only led 50-46 at halftime, but outscored the Warriors 40-25 in the second half to pull away for the victory.
The win improves the Bobcats to 13-3 overall, 5-1 in the MACJC South Division. They are now tied for first place in the league after Co-Lin upset No. 25 Pearl River 83-69 in Poplarville.
In the women’s game, the Lady Warriors took the lead for good midway through the second half and defeated JCJC, 77-67. The Lady Bobcats fall to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in division play.
JCJC will host Southwest Mississippi on Thursday at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The women’s game will tipoff at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. The games will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call.
East Central travels to Pearl River on Thursday.
Bobcats 90, Warriors 71
Detrick Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Bolton had 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for Jones.
The game was close for the entire first half.
The Warriors took their final lead of the game at 26-25 with 10:38 left in the first half when Bobby Wrench hit two free throws. JCJC then scored seven straight points, capped by an Emmanuel Davis free throw, to take a 32-26 lead with 7:48 left.
The Bobcats took command of the game quickly in the second half.
A layup by Emmanuel Davis gave Jones a 64-51 lead with 14:24 remaining. A Detrick Davis basket put the Bobcats up 72-54 with 11:20 left.
A 3-pointer by Walter Evans cut the JCJC lead to 72-59 with 10:21 to play, but that was as close as the Warriors would get.
The Bobcats would take their longest lead at 90-67 with 2:16 to play on a Detrick Davis bucket.
Tanner Wozniak scored 12 points – all in the first half – for Jones. Dontavious Lewis came off the bench to score 10 points Emmanuel Davis ended the game with nine points and seven boards.
Chris Rhoney led East Central, 1-16 overall and 1-5 in the division, with 15 points, while Wrench added 14 and Evans had 10.
The Bobcats were 35-of-71 from the floor, including 6-of-15 from 3-point range, for 49 percent. JCJC was 14-of-17 from the charity stripe.
East Central was 26-of-74 from the field, including 6-of-20 from beyond the arc, for 35 percent. The Warriors were 13-of-21 from the foul line.
The Bobcats crushed the Warriors on the boards, outrebounding the home team, 49-24. But JCJC committed 25 turnovers, compared to 12 for East Central.
Lady Warriors 77, Lady Bobcats 67
East Central took a 15-7 lead when Jakela Johnson hit two free throws with 11:37 left. Chelsea Phillips made two free throws for JCJC to cut the lead to 18-17 with 7:24 showing.
But ECCC then stretched the lead back to 28-19 with 4:44 to play when Jainah Matthew made a layup.
The Lady Bobcats fought back and tied the game at 30-30 with 20 seconds to play on a Khadijah Jones free throw. Taylor Brister made a free throw with 10.2 seconds to play to give the Lady Warriors a 31-30 lead at halftime.
A LaTisha McCullum basket to start the second half gave JCJC its final lead of the game at 32-31 with 19:29 left. ECCC ran the lead back to 48-41 with 14:17 showing on a Xzandra Dowd layup.
But JCJC came back and would tie the game for the final time at 52-52 with 10:54 to play when Caitlyn Spane hit a 15-footer. ECCC would then go on a 12-5 run and take a 64-57 advantage with 7:01 to play when Dowd hit a free throw.
JCJC came back and got within 65-64 with 3:13 to play on a putback by Precious Jefferson. But the Lady Warriors put the game away with a 9-1 run, taking a 74-65 lead with just 1:14 to play when Dowd converted a 3-point play. ECCC’s longest lead was at the end of the game.
Spane and Jefferson each had ‘double-doubles’ for Jones. Spane had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Jefferson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Phillips had 13 points and five assists, while Kaylan Hughes had 11 points and seven rebounds. Kiara Speed and McCullum also had seven rebounds each.
Dowd scored 33 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for East Central. Jaianah Matthew had 18 points and Johnson added 12.
JCJC was 27-of-94 from the floor, including 3-of-13 from 3-point range, for 29 percent. The Lady Bobcats were just 10-of-25 from the free throw line.
East Central was 27-of-66 from the field, including 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, for 41 percent. The Lady Warriors were 21-of-32 from the free throw line.
JCJC outrebounded East Central, 53-40. The Lady Bobcats committed 22 turnovers, while East Central committed 24.