Jones takes down host, E. Miss., in MACJC playoffs

Jones takes down host, E. Miss., in MACJC playoffs
Jones College moved on to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' men's basketball semifinals with a 70-65 victory Monday over host East Mississippi Community College.

From Jones College Sports Information Department

SCOOBA, Miss. (WDAM) _ Kenneth Rogers hit back-to-back 3 pointers in a spurt that gave Jones College the lead for good late in an eventual 70-65 victory over host East Mississippi Community College in the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College’s playoffs.

Rogers, who scored 17 points, hit the two 3-pointers and Tradavis Thompson added a layup in a burst that gave the Bobcats a 66-60 lead with 1 minute, 11 seconds to play at Currie Coliseum.

All told, the Bobcats (18-5) outscored East Mississippi (16-8) by a 12-5 bump over the final 2:11 of the game.

Jones’ fifth consecutive victory sent the Bobcats into a MACJC semifinal against archrival Pearl River Community College at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Wildcats (23-0), who are ranked second nationally and the only unbeaten team in the junior college ranks, defeated Itawamba Community College 78-57 Monday to advance.

East Mississippi led 60-58 on a 3-pointer by Jakorie Smith with 2:34 to play, and still had gotten back within 68-65 with 25 seconds to play. But Rogers hit two more free throws to see up the win.

SharDarrion Allen secured his 14th “double-double” of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Jones and Casey Smith Jr. added 11 points and five assists.

Arecko Gipson Jr. led East Mississippi with a game-high 23 points. Traemond Pittman scored 13 points and Smith added 11.

Copyright 2020 WDAM. All rights reserved.