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Bobcats whip Bulldogs to set up showdown with PRCC
 January 23, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

PERKINSTON – J.J. Bolton led five Jones County Junior College players in double figures with 22 points, as the Bobcats whipped the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Bulldogs 82-70 here Tuesday night at the Weathers-Wentzell Center.

The victory improves JCJC to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in the MACJC South Division.

That sets up a showdown with fellow division unbeaten Pearl River Community College on Thursday at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The Wildcats are 12-1 overall, 4-0 in league play.

In the women’s game, MGCCC outscored the Lady Bobcats 21-12 over the game’s final 10:20 and posted a 62-53 decision. The loss drops JCJC to 7-5 overall, 2-2 in division play.

Thursday’s games between JCJC and Pearl River will be televised on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call. The women’s game tips at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

Miss. Gulf Coast travels to Hinds Community College on Monday.

Bobcats 82, Bulldogs 70

Bolton had a solid, all-around effort for Jones.

The Richton sophomore was 12-of-13 from the free throw line, to go with a 5-of-16 showing from the floor. He added nine rebounds and four assists.

Cory Jackson had a ‘double-double’ with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Donta Pittman had 11 points. Detrick Davis and Emmanuel Davis had 10 points each, while Dontavious Lewis had five assists.

The game was close for most of the first half, but Jones took the lead for good with 4:00 left when Emmanuel Davis scored to make it 27-25. That started a 6-0 spurt that ended with a Darris McLendon basket with 2:32 left to make it 31-25. Jackson’s basket with 25 seconds left gave Jones a 33-28 lead going into halftime.

JCJC came out quickly in the second half. Bolton’s two free throws with 16:26 left in the game gave the Bobcats a 45-33 lead. But MGCCC came back and got within 53-50 with 10:30 remaining on a Chris Bilbo basket.

The Bobcats then took control with a 13-1 run. Bolton’s basket with 5:35 left gave Jones a 66-51 lead, which was their longest advantage of the evening. The closest the Bulldogs got after that was 72-63 with 1:48 to play on two Stacey Caroway free throws.

The Bulldogs, 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the league, saw their losing streak go to four games. JaMicheal Hawkins had 19 points for MGCCC, while GianCarlo Santiago had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Darius Forest and Bilbo added 13 points each.

JCJC was 32-of-74 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from 3-point range, for 43 percent. The Bobcats were 15-of-19 from the line.

The Bulldogs were 25-of-63 from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range, for 39.7 percent. MGCCC was 15-of-26 from the free throw line.

JCJC outrebounded MGCCC 37-31, while the Bobcats committed 22 turnovers, compared to 23 for the Bulldogs.

Lady Bulldogs 62, Lady Bobcats 53

The game was tied seven times overall, including five in the first half.

MGCCC led 11-5 early, but Jones would tie it at 11-11 with 11:28 left on a 12-footer by Chelsea Phillips. Kiara Speed’s layup with 4:14 left gave the Lady Bobcats a 25-23 lead.

The teams traded leads four times during the remainder of the half. Kaylan Hughes hit a layup with 39.5 seconds left to put Jones up 28-27, but LaPrecious Thompson hit a pair of free throws with 29.5 second left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 29-28 lead going into halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 39-32 lead with 13:56 remaining in the game when Presley Owens hit a 10-footer. But JCJC scored seven straight points and tied the game at 39-39 with 12:06 left when LaTisha McCullum converted a 3-point play.

MGCCC took a 48-44 lead with 8:33 left when Markia Nix scored.

Speed’s basket pulled JCJC within 50-47 with 6:49 showing. But MGCCC then used a 10-2 run over the next 4:30 to pull away. An Owens’ putback with 2:14 showing gave the Lady Bulldogs a 60-49 lead.

Hughes had 12 points and McCullum added 10. Khadijah Jones led the team with nine rebounds, while Speed had four assists.

Nix led MGCCC, 12-3 overall and a league-leading 4-1 in the division, with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Owens added 14 points, while Thompson and Yasmine Nelson had 10 points each.

JCJC was 22-of-52 from the floor, including 2-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc, for 42 percent. The Lady Bobcats were 7-of-11 from the free throw line.

The Lady Bulldogs were 20-of-64 from the field, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range, for 31 percent. MGCCC was 21-of-25 from the charity stripe for 84 percent.

MGCCC outrebounded JCJC 34-29, while the Lady Bobcats were charged with 32 turnovers, compared to 26 for the Lady Bulldogs.

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