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JCJC men down Co-Lin; Lady Bobcats fall in OT
 February 5, 2013

By Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information Director

WESSON – Seven straight points by Dontavious Lewis almost midway through the second half propelled the Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 77-71 victory over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves here Monday night at Mullen Gymnasium/Gwyn Young Court.

The victory improves JCJC to 14-4 overall and 6-2 in the MACJC South Division.

In the women’s game, the Lady Bobcats put up a gallant effort, but fell to the league-leading Lady Wolves, 92-89 in overtime. The JCJC women fall to 8-8 overall, 3-5 in division play.

The Bobcat men will host the William Carey University Junior Varsity at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Both JCJC teams return to South Division play on Feb. 11 at Hinds Community College in Utica. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m.

Co-Lin hosts Southwest Mississippi on Thursday.

Bobcats 77, Wolves 71

JCJC had to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to pull out the victory.

A reverse layup by Donta Pittman gave the Bobcats an early 11-6 lead at 14:27 of the first half. The Wolves came back and tied it at 15-15 with 10:12 left in the half on a Fred Fairman free throw.

A layup by Joseph Cunningham gave Co-Lin a 24-17 lead with 6:47 showing and the Wolves would take a 38-30 lead at intermission.

But the Bobcats came out quickly in the second half and tied the game at 38-38 with 18:04 left on a J.J. Bolton 3-point play. The game stayed close for the next several minutes and Co-Lin would take its final lead at 49-48 with 14:11 left on a Terrence James basket.

Bolton then scored at 13:38 to make it 50-49. Lewis then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and followed that up with a 4-point play with 11:53 left. Donta Pittman’s two free throws with 10:59 left capped an 11-0 Bobcat run and put JCJC ahead 59-49.

The Bobcats would take their longest lead of the night at 65-54 with 7:12 left on a pair of Donta Pittman free throws. But the Wolves would not go away.

They got within 71-67 with 1:17 to go on a 3-poin play by Demetrius Mobley and a layup by Michael Vardaman made it 73-70 with 27.2 seconds to go.

But the Bobcats got two free throws from Bolton with 24.7 seconds left and a Lewis basket with 5.2 seconds to go to wrap it up.

Donta Pittman finished with 18 points, while Bolton added 17. Cory Jackson had 11 point and 6 rebounds. Detrick Davis had a team-high 9 rebounds to go with 9 points.

Cunningham had 14 for the Wolves, 4-14 overall and 2-6 in the division. Jay Case and Terrence James had 10 points each.

JCJC was 27-of-59 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, for 46 percent. The Bobcats were 19-of-24 from the free throw line.

Co-Lin was 27-of-66 from the field, but just 2-of-15 from 3-point range, for 41 percent. The Wolves were 15-of-25 from the foul line.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Wolves, 43-27, but were charged with 20 turnovers, compared to 11 for Co-Lin.

JCJC had beaten Co-Lin 84-51 on Dec. 3 in Ellisville.

Lady Wolves 92, Lady Bobcats 89 (OT)

JCJC led for the entire first half and took a 37-28 lead into intermission when Precious Jefferson scored with 24 seconds showing.

LaTisha McCullum opened the second half with a 3-pointer and the Lady Bobcats took their longest lead of the game at 40-28 with 19:41 to play.

But Co-Lin roared back quickly, outscoring JCJC 32-6 over the next 7:41. T’Keya Moore’s bucket with 12:00 left in the game gave the Lady Wolves a 60-46 lead.

But Jones would not go away, as they outscored Co-Lin 24-9 over the next 7:09 and took a 70-69 lead with 4:51 to go on a Kaylan Hughes layup.

The game would then be tied at 76-76 and 78-78 going into the final minute. A Moore layup put Co-Lin ahead 80-78 with 54.1 seconds to go.

After JCJC missed a quick shot, the Lady Wolves grabbed the rebound. But Co-Lin turned the ball over on a shot clock violation and Jones got the ball with 12.2 seconds to play.

The Lady Bobcats got the ball downcourt to Hughes, who made a layup with .3 seconds to go. That tied it up at 80-80 and sent the game into overtime.

Hughes gave Jones an 86-85 lead with 2:30 to play, but Moore answered to make it 87-86 with 2:22 to go.

But Hughes would score again and give JCJC its final lead at 88-87 with 2:10 remaining. However, Hughes would foul out on Co-Lin’s next possession. Chanta Poole then hit two free throws to give the Lady Wolves the lead for good at 89-88 with 2:02 left.

Moore added a free throw at 1:45 and Jefferson made a free throw at 1:28 to make it 90-89. Zana Bridges missed a couple of foul shots for JCJC with 52.5 seconds left, but the Lady Bobcats got the rebound off the second miss. However, they would misfire on a couple of shots and Co-Lin would get the ball to Moore, who hit a layup with 21.2 seconds to play for the game’s final points.

JCJC would then turn the ball over and Moore was fouled with 5.4 seconds to play. She missed both free throws and Caitlyn Spane got the rebound for JCJC.

However, the Lady Bobcats were not able got to get off a shot before time expired and Co-Lin escaped with the victory.

Spane led four Lady Bobcats in double figures with 23 points. Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while McCullum had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Hughes scored 18 points and had seven assists.

Moore paced Co-Lin, 16-3 overall and 7-1 in the division, with 28 points. Vintrice Briggs added 17 and Ashley Minor had 10.

JCJC was 33-of-73 from the field, including 5-of-13 from 3-point range, for 45 percent. The Lady Bobcats were 18-of-31 from the free throw line.

Co-Lin was 34-of-69 from the floor, including 3-of-13 from beyond the arc, for 49 percent. The Lady Wolves were 21-of-34 from the free throw line.

The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Co-Lin, 50-36. JCJC was charged with 39 turnovers, while Co-Lin committed 38 turnovers.

Co-Lin defeated JCJC 75-62 earlier in the season.

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