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Season ends for JCJC men's basketball team
 March 7, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

CLINTON – The Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers took the lead for good a little over three minutes into play and went on to defeat the Jones County Junior College Bobcats 83-68 here Wednesday night in the opening round of the Region 23 Tournament at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

The loss ends the season at 17-8 for head coach Jay Ladner’s Bobcats.

Northwest improves to 18-7 and will face MACJC champion Pearl River at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Pearl River posted a hard-fought, 64-62 victory over Southern University-Shreveport (La.). In other first round games, East Mississippi beat Mississippi Delta 72-58 and Baton Rouge Community College (La.) edged Southwest Mississippi, 82-81 in overtime.

East Mississippi faces BRCC at 12:30 p.m. on Friday in the other semifinal game. The championship is slated for 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats will be in action at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in the tournament vs. Baton Rouge. The game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Shawn Wansley on the call.

Rangers 83, Bobcats 68

The Bobcats had a difficult time shooting the ball, especially from 3-point range, where they were 0-of-14 for the game.

JCJC was only 10-of-34 from the floor in the first half for 29.4 percent. They improved a bit in the second half, shooting 41.2 percent. For the game, the Bobcats were 24-of-68 for 35.3 percent.  Jones was 20-of-29 from the free throw line.

The Bobcats held an early 4-2 lead, but Northwest went on a 12-0 run and never looked back. A Tevin Moore free throw gave the Rangers a 14-4 lead with 12:38 showing in the first half.

The Bobcats fought back within 18-15 with 7:54 remaining when Cory Jackson made a free throw. An Emmanuel Davis putback with 1:23 left made it 28-25, but Northwest’s Tristan Moore hit a 3-pointer at the 1:03 mark and the Rangers took a 31-25 halftime lead.

A pair of Dontavious Lewis free throws with 16:54 remaining in the game brought JCJC to within 39-35, but that was the closest they would get for the remainder of play.

A DeMarcus McVay putback with 11:22 left gave the Rangers a 51-38 advantage. A slam dunk off a steal by JCJC’s Donta Pittman with 8:18 left made it 55-46, but the Bobcats would get within single digits again.

Northwest would lead by as many as 17 points twice down the stretch, the final time being at 83-66 when Charles Eaton scored with 17.3 seconds to play.

Detrick Davis paced the Bobcats with 18 points, while Pittman added 15 and J.J. Bolton had 14. Jackson came off the bench to grab 13 rebounds and score nine points.

The Rangers, coach by former JCJC head coach Don Skelton, received 25 points from Domonique Harris, who played quarterback on their football team. He had 19 of those in the second half. Eaton added 19 – all coming in the second half. McVay had 14 points and 15 rebounds, his ninth ‘double-double’ of the season.

Northwest was 30-of-75 from the floor, including 6-of-19 from 3-point range, for 40 percent. They were 17-of-25 from the foul line.

The Rangers outrebounded JCJC, 55-42. The Bobcats committed 16 turnovers, compared to 15 for Northwest.

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