Bears hold off late Bobcat rally to win, 83-81February 1, 2013
By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats came close to pulling off a major comeback against Southwest Mississippi Community College, but came up just short.
The Bears held off the Bobcats 83-81 here Thursday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. Southwest led 78-64 with less than three minutes to play before JCJC mounted a furious rally.
JCJC is now 13-4 overall, 5-2 in the MACJC South Division.
In the women’s game, the Lady Bears took the lead for good with just over 16 minutes remaining and went on to defeat JCJC, 69-56. The Lady Bobcats are now 8-7 overall, 3-4 in division play.
The Bobcats resume division play Monday when they travel to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Fans can follow the game on Twitter at jcjc_athletics.
Southwest entertains Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Monday.
Bears 83, Bobcats 81
JCJC took a 28-25 lead on a Dontavious Lewis free throw with 3:17 left in the first half, but Southwest closed the half on a 12-0 run and led 37-28 at the break.
The Bears continued their roll early in the second half and took a 51-33 lead with 15:48 left on a Mark Bridgewater 3-pointer. But JCJC stormed back quickly and got within 55-51 with 11:52 remaining on a Desmond Stanback 3-pointer.
JCJC was within 60-57 with 9:27 to play when Donta Pittman scored. But Southwest went on an 18-7 spurt and took a seemingly comfortable, 78-64 lead with 2:50 left when Donovan Ross slammed home a dunk.
But the Bobcats hit some shots and took advantage of two technical fouls on Southwest to score 12 straight points. A J.J. Bolton 3-point play with 57.5 seconds to play made it 78-76.
But Cory Williams hit a 10-footer for the Bears with 27.8 seconds to play to make it 80-76. After the Bobcats had a shot blocked, Williams made a free throw with 19.4 seconds left to make it 81-76.
A Cory Jackson tip-in with 6.2 seconds remaining got JCJC within 81-78. But the Bears inbounded the ball to Williams, who was fouled with 5.3 seconds to play.
Williams made both shots to give Southwest a 5-point cushion. A Raymond Pittman 3-pointer with .3 seconds left provided the game’s final margin.
Bolton paced the Bobcats with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists – leading the Bobcats in all three categories on the night. Donta Pittman added 12 points and Detrick Davis had 11.
Williams topped the Bears, 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the division, with 26 points. Bridgewater added 18, Ross had 13 and Deione Weeks finished with 10.
JCJC was 30-of-60 from the field, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range, for 50 percent. The Bobcats were 17-of-28 from the free throw line.
Southwest was 32-of-61 from the floor, including 11-of-20 from beyond the arc, for 52.5 percent. The Bears were 8-of-16 from the charity stripe.
JCJC outrebounded Southwest, 27-26, but the Bobcats committed 23 turnovers, while Southwest had 20.
The Bobcats had defeated Southwest 102-91 in Summit on Nov. 29.
Lady Bears 69, Lady Bobcats 56
JCJC led for almost the entire first half.
A putback by Caitlyn Spane gave the Lady Bobcats a 24-18 lead with 4:24 showing and a Kaylan Hughes basket put JCJC up 30-22 with 2:13 left in the half. But the Lady Bears scored the final seven points of the half and would trail 30-29 at intermission.
Southwest’s Katrina Littlepage hit a pair of free throws with 16:14 left to give the visitors the lead for good at 38-36.
A Precious Jefferson basket off a Hughes’ assist had JCJC within 50-48 with 8:17 left. But Southwest used a 7-0 run and took a 57-48 lead with 6:40 to play when Littlepage hit a 3-pointer.
The closest the Lady Bobcats got after that was 59-53 with 5:21 to play when LaTisha McCullum scored. But JCJC would not score another basket from floor until Hughes hit a layup at the buzzer.
McCullum had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Jones. Jefferson added 13 points, while Hughes had another ‘double-double’ with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kiara Speed led the team with five assists.
Littlepage had 19 points for SMCC, 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the league. April Levy added 18, while Fredrickah Wilson had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cassie Berry had 10 points.
JCJC was 23-of-55 from the field for 42 percent, which included a 4-of-11 effort from 3-point range. The Lady Bobcats were 6-of-11 from the line.
Southwest was 24-of-78 from the field, including 5-of-18 from the 3-point line, for 31 percent. They were 16-of-24 from the free throw line.
Southwest outrebounded JCJC, 35-34. The Lady Bobcats were charged with 28 turnovers, while SMCC had 17.
JCJC had beaten Southwest 71-53 earlier this season.