Pearl River Community College

River bombs Spring Hill

POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Wildcats bombed the Spring Hill College (Ala.) junior varsity here Saturday with an 80-41 victory in Shivers Gymnasium.
            The lopsided win pumped PRCC’s overall record to 13-1.
            The Wildcats defeated the Badger JV 76-48 in a previous meeting played Jan. 8 in Mobile.
            It was all Pearl River from the outset, as the Wildcats led by 28 — 37-9 — at the 6:49 mark of the first half before the Badgers cut the lead to 45-19 at the intermission.
            In the second half, The River held a 35-22 advantage. A trey by Daniel Grieves, a U.S. Air Force Academy who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, and two-pointer by Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, ended the scoring to give PRCC its largest lead of the game at 39 points.
            Josh Jones paced Spring Hill with a game-high 20 points (five rebounds, four steals), while Julian Legido added eight (two treys), Chris Portie five, Jerrick Thompson three (five rebounds), Geoffrey Bunting and Tyler Dillon, two each; and Jaylin King one.
            Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High led the Wildcats with 15 points (three treys), while Rakeem Esco of Canton High (three treys, three assists), Grieves (two treys), and Henderson (six blocks) added nine a piece. Derionne Stewart of Picayune High scored eight, Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High seven, DeVontee Cook out of South Pike High in Magnolia six (four rebounds), DeAngleo Coleman, another South Pike recruit, five (four assists, three steals), Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., four (seven rebounds), Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High and Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson (three assists), three each; and DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High two (four rebounds, four assists).
            Pearl River hit 77.8 percent (seven of nine) from the free-throw line to Spring Hill’s 72.7 percent (eight of 11), while the Wildcats were 31 of 60 (51.7 percent) from the field to the Badgers’ 15-of-47 (31.9 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was 11 of 24 (45.8 percent), while SHC was three of 22 (13.6 percent).
            The River dominated the boards with 37 rebounds (14 offensive, 23 defensive) to Spring Hill’s 26 (10 offensive, 16 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 10 turnovers to the Badgers’ 17.
            Pearl River’s women and men resume MACJC South Division action against rival Jones County in Ellisville Thursday for 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) contests before returning home to host division foe Copiah-Lincoln Monday, Jan. 28, with games at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).