JCJC Bobcats beat MGCCC Bulldogs

Perkinston, Mississippi (WDAM) – Jones County Junior College sophomore guard Tanecka Carey scored 38 points to lead the Lady Bobcats to a, 87-81 victory over the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Lady Bulldogs Monday night at the Weathers/Wentzell Center.

The Lady Bulldogs put an end to an eight game Gulf Coast winning streak.

Carey, a Southern Miss signee, was 12-of-20 from the floor, including a 6-of-10 effort from 3-point range. The 5-foot-9 Jackson Murrah product was also 8-of-8 from the line. She added six assists.

Neither team led by more than five points until Carey hit two free throws with .7 seconds left in the game for the final margin. The game featured 21 lead changes – eight in the first half and 13 in the second half.

Gulf Coast's Brianne Collins connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2:02 left in the game to give the Lady Bulldogs a 78-77 lead. But Carey immediately responded with a 3-pointer from the left wing to put Jones up for good at 80-78 with 1:45 to play.

JCJC's Alondra Rivers then banked a 3-pointer off the glass with 1:08 remaining to give Jones an 83-78 lead.

Gulf Coast's Deonica McCormick then converted a 3-point play with 22.4 seconds left to cut the lead to 83-81. But Carey was fouled and made both foul shots to make it 85-81 with 14 seconds left.

The Lady Bulldogs then turned the ball over and ended up fouling Carey with .7 seconds showing.

The Lady Bobcats led 42-41 at halftime.

Lady Bobcats 87, Lady Bulldogs 81

The Lady Bobcats record is 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the South Division. Gulf Coast fell to 11-3 overall, 2-1 in league play.

In the men's game, JCJC overcame a 14-point first half loss, took a 24-point lead in the second half and won for a 98-93 victory over the Bulldogs.

The game was tied 13-13 six minutes into play when Gulf Coast went on a 14-0 run. Jeremiah Dunnings' 3-pointer from the right wing made it 27-13 with 10:58 left in the half.

Gulf Coast led 42-28 when JCJC went on a 13-0 run to get back in the game. A Kelvin Nixon layup made it 42-41 with 2:45 left in the half.

The Bobcats eventually tied it at 47-47 with 54 seconds showing when Brandon Givens scored off an offensive rebound. A Raymond Cintron free throw with 36.8 seconds left would give the Bulldogs a 48-47 halftime lead.

Jones continued the momentum into the second half and controlled the tempo.

Kadeem Fleming hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to start the half, giving Jones the lead for good at 50-48. Leading 56-51, JCJC scored 15 straight points to take a 71-51 lead with 13:35 left when Brandon Givens hit two free throws. That ended the 43-9 run over a 13-minute stretch of both halves.

The Bobcats took their longest lead of the game at 87-63 with 5:36 left when Torrey Brown scored. But the Bulldogs made it quite interesting down the stretch.

Gulf Coast went on a 25-6 and cut the lead to 93-89 with 38.2 seconds left when Jeffrey Simmons hit a 3-pointer. The Bulldogs got within 96-93 with Cintron scored, but Givens had a slam dunk with 1 second left to punctuate the victory.

Givens paced JCJC, 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the division, with 33 points. Nixon added 26 and Fleming had 18. The Bobcats were 30-of-38 from the free throw line.

Dunnings and Cintron had 22 each for the Bulldogs, 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the league. Jeffrey Simmons added 14, Marlon Williams had 12 and Justin Childs had 11.

The Bobcats will host Delgado Community College (La.) on Thursday at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. The women's game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7 p.m. The games will be televised on www.jcjc.tv with Lance Pittman and Mark Easley on the call. Airtime is 4:55 p.m.

Gulf Coast travels to Co-Lin on Thursday.

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