Press release from JCJC Athletics
CLINTON – Northwest Mississippi used a sizzling second-half shooting performance to defeat Jones County in the quarterfinals of the Region 23 Tournament.
The Rangers shot 59 percent from the floor, outscored the Bobcats 58-40 and won the game 97-80 here Thursday afternoon at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.
The Rangers got career-highs from Tyrin Jones and Dre'Kalo Clayton, who scored 33 and 20 points, respectively.
Bruce Stevens paced the Bobcats with 21 points.
Northwest, 17-8, will now play Northeast in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday. Northeast surprised defending region champion Holmes, 88-81.
Mississippi Gulf Coast met East Mississippi and Pearl River played Southern University-Shreveport in Thursday's late games.
JCJC ends the year at 17-8.
The Bobcats led 40-39 at halftime and when David Davis made a free throw with 11:20 left, the game was knotted at 54-54.
But Northwest's Shelby McEwen then connected on a 3-point play to put the Rangers ahead for good.
Maurice Dunlap's basket at 5:25 cut the lead to 74-70. But Northwest went on a 9-0 run and went ahead 83-70 with 3:14 left when Seth LeDay scored.
Later, Rickey Holden converted a 3-point play for the Bobcats with 1:56 left to make it 88-77, but JCJC would get no closer.
In the first half, Northwest took a 15-9 lead when Clayton made a jumper with 13:03 left.
But JCJC scored 13 straight points and went ahead 22-15 with 10:00 showing when Christian Robertson got a steal, layup, drew the foul and converted the free throw for the 3-point play.
The Rangers responded with 11 unanswered points of their own and went up 26-22 with 7:57 showing on a putback by LeDay. Northwest took a 33-24 lead with 6:21 remaining when Keelin Jackson hit a 3-pointer out of the left corner.
But JCJC closed the half on a 16-6 run. Xavier Howard's 15-footer gave Jones a 40-37 lead with 59.6 seconds left in the half before Tyrin Jones made two free throws with 35.5 seconds left to end the first half scoring.
JCJC would extend the lead to 53-47 with 13:13 left in the game when Holden made two free throws.
But Northwest would take command from that point on and roll to the win.
Tristin Walley added 14 points for JCJC, while Holden had 11 and Davis finished with 10.
Stevens had nine rebounds to lead the Bobcats, while Dunlap, Holden and Davis had two assists each. Robertson had two steals.
LeDay added 15 point for Northwest and Jackson finished with 14.
LeDay and Clayton each had nine rebounds, while Mark Partee was credited with 13 assists.
JCJC was 25-of-54 from the field (1-of-10 from 3-point range) for 46 percent. The Bobcats were 29-of-37 from the free throw line.
The Rangers were 31-of-62 from the floor (11-of-24 from 3-point range) for 50 percent. Northwest was 24-of-39 from the foul line.
Northwest outrebounded JCJC, 39-31.