MACJC champ Pearl River top seed in Region 23 event this week at Miss. College

MACJC champ Pearl River top seed in Region 23 event this week at Miss. College

            POPLARVILLE — The MACJC state champ Pearl River Wildcats enter the 2013  NJCAA Region 23 Tournament Wednesday as the No. 1 seed in A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.
            The men’s quarter-finals will be played Wednesday, while the women’s are set for Thursday. Men’s and women’s semi-final rounds are Friday with the championship games set for Saturday.
            PRCC head coach Richard Mathis claimed his sixth state championship last Thursday when his Wildcats demolished Mississippi Delta 81-60 in the MACJC title bout.
            Pearl River, the tournament host and No. 1 seed from the South Division, opened with a quarter-final victory over Coahoma 85-61 before bouncing back with an impressive 65-62 victory over Northwest Mississippi in Wednesday’s semi-finals.
            Against NWCC, the Wildcats trailed 41-24 at the break, but opened the second half with a 22-4 scoring run and eventually outscored the Rangers 41-21 after the intermission to earn their championship berth.
            Mathis’ teams have previously won state championships in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, and 2010; while he won two other MACJC titles at Northeast Mississippi (men) and East Mississippi (women).
            Following Thursday victory, Mathis boasts a 406-210 win-loss mark in his 22 seasons at The River.
            Here’s the breakdown of the men’s bracket:

REGION 23 MEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET

QUARTER-FINALS
Wednesday, March 6

12:30 PM: No. 3 Baton Rouge (14-13) vs. No. 6 Southwest Mississippi (15-9)
2:30 PM: No. 2 East Mississippi (17-7) vs. No. 7 Mississippi Delta (11-13)
6:00 PM: No. 1 Pearl River (22-4) vs. No. 8 Southern-Shreveport (16-10)
8:00 PM: No. 4 Northwest Mississippi (17-7) vs. No. 5 Jones County (17-7)

SEMI-FINALS
Friday, March 8

12:30 PM: East Mississippi-Mississippi Delta winner vs. Baton Rouge-Southwest Mississippi winner
2:30 PM: Pearl River-Southern-Shreveport winner vs. Northwest Mississippi-Jones County winner

CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, March 9

8:00 PM: Men’s championship game

            Here’s the breakdown of the women’s bracket:

REGION 23 WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT BRACKET

QUARTER-FINALS
Thursday, March 7

12:30 PM: No. 2 Northwest Mississippi (18-6) vs. No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast (17-7)
2:30 PM: No. 4 Jones County (12-10) vs. No. 7 Baton Rouge (20-8)
6:00 PM: No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln (23-3) vs. No. 8 Meridian (18-10)
8:00 PM: No. 3 Itawamba (16-9) vs. No. 5 Northwest Mississippi (18-6)

SEMI-FINALS
Friday, March 8

6:00 PM: Jones County-Baton Rouge winner vs. Northeast Mississippi-Mississippi Gulf Coast winner
8:00 PM: Copiah-Lincoln-Meridian winner vs. Itawamba-Northwest Mississippi winner

CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, March 9

6:00 PM: Women’s championship game

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