This is a news release from JCJC Athletics.
ELLISVILLE – The 10
-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats had a battle vs. Hinds Community College.
But the defense pulled them through.
JCJC held Hinds without a field goal for almost six minutes down the stretch and beat the Bulldogs 64-54 here Monday night at A.B. Howard Gymnasium.
The Bobcats were down 47-43, but outscored Hinds 21-7 over the game's final 9:07.
The victory improves the Bobcats to 14-0 overall and 7-0 in the MACJC South Division. Jones has won 22 straight contests going back to last year's NJCAA Division I championship run.
In the women's game, the Lady Bobcats crushed Hinds, 92-52, to up their record to 11-4 overall, 5-2 in league play.
The Bobcats open the second half of division play on Thursday at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
Hinds travels to Copiah-Lincoln on Thursday.
Bobcats 64, Bulldogs 54
Rodrigus Palmer drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key extended to give JCJC the lead for good at 50-49 with 8:25 remaining. Bryce Jones then followed with another 3-pointer from the left wing at 7:52 and Christopher White capped the 8-0 run with an inside basket at 5:49 to give JCJC a 55-49 lead.
A Jones' basket made it 57-50 at the 3:57 mark. Hinds' Clayton Tate scored inside with 3:37 left to make it 57-52. That was the only shot from the floor the Bulldogs made in the game's final 9:17.
Jones then scored at 3:22 and Marquis Cunningham followed with a 5-footer with 2:00 left to make it 61-52. After two free throws by Hinds' DeAndre Bolton at 1:44 made it 61-54, Otis Harvey made a 3-pointer with just 15 seconds to play to give the Bobcats their longest lead at the end of the game.
JCJC led 10-2 early, but Hinds battled back to within 26-25 at halftime.
The Bobcats took a 36-33 lead with 14:11 left when Bryce Perry made two free throws. However, Hinds rallied and took a 47-43 lead with 9:17 remaining when Ry'Yale Brown made a 15-footer.
But the Bobcats took control down the stretch.
JCJC made 10 3-pointers – five in each half. Hinds had four 3-pointers in the first half and none in the second half.
Jones was the only Bobcat in double figures with 19 points. Harvey and White added nine points each.
Kaleb Williams had 12 points and Kourey Davis added 11 for the Bulldogs, 8-8 overall and 3-4 in league play.
Lady Bobcats 92, Lady Bulldogs 52
Hinds scored the game's first four points, but JCJC would take command with a 26-5 run over a seven-minute stretch of the first half.
Hayley Pichon's 8-footer at 9:40 of the first half gave JCJC a 26-9 lead. Two Starla Daggans' free throws made it 34-13 with 3:59 showing and Kadie Parker's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Lady Bobcats a 49-21 lead at halftime.
JCJC scored the first nine points of the second half and went ahead 58-21 with 17:07 left when Parker scored. The Lady Bobcats' longest lead of the game came with 1:20 remaining when Aliyah Bell hit a 3-pointer to make it 90-49.
Taylor Baudoin led JCJC with 24 points, while Daggans added 19 and Parker added 18. Alyson Johnson had 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Daggans had 8 boards and Terrica Williams had 7. Baudoin had 6 rebounds and 5 steals.
Tyquisha Naylor had 11 points and Tiana Roby had 10 for Hinds, 2-14 overall and 0-7 in the division. Sh'Nika Smith had 8 rebounds for HCC.
JCJC was 34-of-82 from the field, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range, for 41.5 percent. The Lady Bobcats were 20-of-24 from the free throw line.
Hinds was 23-of-65 from the field, including 2-of-8 from 3-point range, for 35 percent. The Lady Bulldogs were 4-of-7 from the free throw line.