CLINTON --- The Holmes Bulldogs claimed the 2015 Region 23 men’s title with a thrilling 92-87 overtime win over MACJC champ Pearl River here Saturday in the championship round of the Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi College and clinched a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament set for March 17-21 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Despite the loss, the 24th-ranked Wildcats, who dropped to 25-4 overall, anxiously await the possibility of nabbing one of four at-large national tournament bids, which are to be announced Sunday.
CLINTON --- The MACJC state champion Pearl River Wildcats will face the talented Holmes Bulldogs for the third time this season when the two powerhouses battle for the Region 23 Tournament men’s championship here Saturday at 8 p.m. in A.E. Woods Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
CLINTON --- William Brown sank a pair of free throws with 16.8 seconds left to propel the top-seeded MACJC state champion Pearl River Wildcats to a thrilling 68-67 victory over the eighth-seeded Baton Rouge Bears here in quarterfinal action of the Region 23 Tournament underway in A.E. Woods Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
POPLARVILLE --- MACJC state men’s champion Pearl River Community College cast its wares for an NJCAA National Tournament bid Wednesday when the nationally-ranked Wildcats face Baton Rouge (La.) CC at 6 p.m. in opening round action of the Region 23 Tournament set for A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.
WESSON --- The 24th-ranked Pearl River Wildcats claimed their seventh MACJC basketball championship in the 23-year reign of head coach Richard Mathis here Thursday, bombarding the Holmes Bulldogs 65-54 in Graydon L. Mullen Coliseum on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College campus.
WESSON --- The South Division champion Pearl River Wildcats will vie for a seventh state title under 23-year head coach Richard Mathis here Thursday in Graydon L. Mullen Coliseum when they tangle with the North champ Holmes Bulldogs in the men’s championship round of the MACJC State Tournament underway on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College campus.
WESSON --- Pearl River and Mississippi Gulf Coast will lock horns for a third time this basketball season, as the archrival duo face off here Wednesday in Graydon L. Mullin Coliseum on the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the MACJC State Tournament men’s semi-finals.
No. 24-ranked PRCC, the South Division’s No. 1 seed, improved to 21-3 overall with its 70-61 quarter-final victory over North No. 4 Mississippi Delta (10-13), while South No. 3 MGCCC (14-10) smacked North No. 2 East Mississippi (17-7) 78-74 in the opening round.
MERIDIAN --- Pearl River Community College women’s and men’s basketball wrapped the 2014-2015 regular season here Thursday with a split with MACJC South Division foe Meridian with the Lady Wildcats ending their year with a 74-70 loss, while the playoff-bound Wildcats clinched the division crown with a convincing 85-75 victory.
PRCC’s women’s team finished the season at 8-12 overall, while its men improved to 20-3 and 11-3. The host Lady Eagles, which finished No. 4 in the South and eye post-season play, are now 15-9 and 8-6, while the Eagles wrapped their year at 8-14 and 2-13.
DECATUR --- Pearl River Community College was swept by MACJC South Division rival East Central here Monday with the Lady Wildcats taking an 86-69 setback, while the 13th-ranked Wildcats fell 73-70.
PRCC’s women dropped to 8-11 overall and 4-9 in division play, while its men fell to 19-3 and 10-3. ECCC’s women improved to 19-3 and 10-3, while its men are now 13-9 and 8-5.
In the women’s game, the host Lady Warriors led 44-33 at the intermission before outscoring The River 42-36 in the second half to take the 17-point victory.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College wrapped its 2014-2015 home basketball schedule here Thursday in M.R. White Coliseum with a MACJC South Division sweep over archrival Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The Lady Wildcats pulled off a 57-41 victory to improve to 8-10 overall and 4-8 in division play, while the 13th-ranked Wildcats were 72-63 winners and are now 19-2 and 10-2. The visiting Lady Bulldogs dropped to 5-12 and 2-10, while the Bulldogs are 11-10 and 6-6.