Both JCJC basketball teams headed to nationals

Both JCJC basketball teams headed to nationals

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - From Jones County Junior College Sports Information

Jones County Junior College's basketball programs accomplished a feat not seen in nearly two decades.

With both the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats capturing Region 23 Tournament titles, JCJC will become the first program since 1997-98 to send its men's and women's basketball teams to their respective National Junior College Athletic Association national basketball tournaments.

The eighth-ranked Bobcats (28-1) survived a last-second, 3-point attempt to hold off Northeast Mississippi Community College 91-88 at A.E. Wood Coliseum Friday in Clinton.

The victory sent the Bobcats into the NJCAA Men's National Basketball Tournament set for March 20-25 in Hutchinson, Kan. The men's bracket will be released Tuesday.

It will be the second trip to the nationals for JCJC. In their only previous trip in 2014, the Bobcats won the national crown.

Rickey Holden scored 24 points to help the Bobcats win its 16th consecutive game, while David Davis added 20 points. Bruce Stevens had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Leito Holloway added 10 points.

Holden and Davis were named to the All-Tournament team, while JCJC men's basketball coach Raheem Lockhart was named 2017 Region 23 Coach of the Year.

The 14th-ranked Lady Bobcats, under the tutelage of second-year Coach Missy Wilderback, will be making their first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I nationals after taking an 86-67 victory over Hinds Community College Friday at A.E. Woods Coliseum in Clinton.

JCJC's 23rd consecutive victory sent the Lady Bobcats (28-1) to the 2017 NJCAA Women's National Basketball Tournament set for March 20-25 in Lubbock, Texas.

Nique Cherry scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Alexis Tolefree had 24 points and Tatyana Lofton scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Cherry and Lofton were named to the All-Tournament team.