TALLAHASSEE, FL (WDAM) – Jones College saw Pensacola State College pull away from a halftime tie to take a 65-52 victory on the final day of the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.
The two-day tourney was anything but jolly for the Bobcats (7-3), who dropped consecutive games for the first time this season. JC lost 78-66 Friday to fourth-ranked Tallahassee Community College at the Bob Hillbrock Eagledome.
Jones fell behind by eight points early but rallied to take a 26-24 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Kenneth Rogers (Starkville) with 59 seconds left in the first half.
Sophomore guard Yelkson Montero then scored at the buzzer to tie the game 26-26 at halftime.
Jones would take its final lead of the game at 29-28 with 17:07 to play on a free throw by freshman guard Casey Smith Jr. (Columbus).
But the Pirates (12-5) would then take control with a 14-0 run and take a 42-29 lead with 12:48 remaining. The closest the Bobcats would get would be 45-37 with 8:48 to play on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Brandon Jones (West Jones).
Pensacola’s longest lead would be 57-40 with 3:29 left.
Sophomore guard Winceton Edwards (Oak Grove) and Smith led the Bobcats with 14 points each. Freshman guard Shardarrion Allen (Raymond) had seven points and 12 rebounds.
Allen averaged 6.5 points 14 rebounds in Jones’ two games.
Montero had 23 points for the Pirates and sophomore guard Mike McDougal added 20.
The Bobcats will host Hinds Community College in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ South Division play.
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WDAM) – A 29-9 run over the end of the first half and the start of the second half put Jones College in a hole it never could scale.
The Bobcats led by as many as seven points in the first half but the Eagles (16-0) outscored Jones 22-9 over the final 7 minutes of the first half and then scored the first seven points of the second half to lead 40-27.
Tallahassee CC’s lead eventually grew to 54-33 with 10:37 left in the game before Jones trimmed the deficit down the stretch.
Edwards led the Bobcats with 18 points, including five 3-pointers.
Rogers had 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Tirus Smith (Petal), a transfer from the University of Texas-El Paso, had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Allen finished the game with six points and 16 rebounds.
The Bobcats outrebounded the Eagles, 54-39, but shot just 29 percent from the floor and missed 12 of 31 free-throw attempts.
Freshman guard Jalen Dalcourt led Tallahassee with 18 points.