PRCC sweeps ECCC

            DECATUR --- Pearl River Community College swept East Central in MACJC South Division basketball action here Monday with the Lady Wildcats taking a 75-67 win, while the Wildcats were 81-76 victors.
            PRCC’s women improved to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in division play, while its men are now 12-5 and 5-4. ECCC’s Lady Warriors are 7-11 and 2-7, while the Warriors are 6-12 and 2-7.
            In the women’s game, East Central led 37-32 at the intermission, but Pearl River dominated the second half, as the Lady ’Cats outscored the Lady Warriors 43-30 to take the eight-point victory.
            Deantra Darjean, a Prairie View A&M transfer who prepped at Yates High in Houston, Tex., paced PRCC with a game-high 22 points (seven rebounds, three blocks, four steals), while Essence Pulliam out of Forest Hill High in Jackson added 14 (12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals), Tamesha Horne of Taylorsville High 12 (eight rebounds, three steals), Shanta’ Echols of Sumrall High (13 rebounds) and Kalisha Washington out of Murrah High in Jackson, 11 each, Iesha Dixon of Hinds AHS four, and Kaci Sisson of Quitman High one.
            Andreka Harper led ECCC with 19 points, while Tynika Bender scored 13 (five rebounds), Gryanna McClendon 11 (five rebounds), Jalesha Jones nine (six rebounds), Breona Foster four, Anna Tanihhja Hughes (11 rebounds), Katherine Nowell, and Shaniqua Quinn, three a piece, and Kimberly Wallace two (eight rebounds).
Pearl River hit 32.8 percent from the field to East Central’s 25 percent, while the Lady Wildcats zilched from three-point range on four attempts to the Lady Warriors’ six-of-25 (24 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 35 of 50 (70 percent), while ECCC was 31 of 51 (60.8 percent). Pearl River led on the boards with 56 rebounds (18 offensive, 38 defensive), while East Central had 50 (19 offensive, 31 defensive). PRCC committed 30 turnovers in the contest to ECCC’s 33.
            In the men’s game, Pearl River led 47-30 at the break, but the scrappy Warriors bounced back with a 46-34 advantage in the second half only to come up six points shy of victory.
            Troy State (Ala.) signee Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High paced the Wildcats with 21 points, while Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La. (five rebounds), and Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High (five rebounds), added 12 each. Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High scored eight (seven rebounds), Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High and Quintarius Porter out of Forest Hill High in Jackson, seven each, Bryant McGee of West Marion High six, Louisiana-Monroe signee Rakeem Esco of Canton High five, and Irishma Bowie of Morton High three.
            Jacques Johnson led East Central with a game-high 32 points, while Terrance Mujahid scored nine, Ramone Tate eight, Michael Matlock seven, Keon McKinney and Demond Morgan, six each, Quinton Campbell five, and Kevin Kirk three.
Pearl River hit 47.3 percent (26 of 55) from the field to East Central’s 43.1 percent (25 of 58) showing, while the Wildcats were four of 16 (25 percent) from three-point range to the Warriors’ eight-of-24 (33.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 25 of 33 (75.8 percent), while ECCC was 18 of 28 (64.3 percent).
The River finished with 36 rebounds (11 offensive, 25 defensive) to East Central’s 35 (11 offensive, 24 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 12 turnovers to the Warriors’ 11.
Pearl swept East Central in previous South Division meetings played Dec. 9 in Poplarville with the Lady Wildcats taking a 67-58 victory, while the Wildcats were 70-53 winners.
PRCC returns to the hard court Thursday when arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast plays host in Perkinston with game times at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) before returning home to host division foe Southwest Mississippi Monday at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
 
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PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SPORTS INFORMATION
 
PEARL RIVER @ EAST CENTRAL
MACJC South Division Women's & Men's Basketball Games
Played Monday, Feb. 32, 2014 @ Decatur, MS
 
WOMEN
Pearl River 75, East Central 67
First Half: 37-32 (ECCC)
Second Half: 43-20 (PRCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (12-3, 7-2): Deantra Darjean 22 (7 RB, 3 blocks, 4 steals), Essence Pulliam 14 (12 RB, 4 blocks, 3 steals), Tamesha Horne 12 (8 RB, 3 steals), Shanta' Echols 11 (13 RB), Kalisha Washington 11, Iesha Dixon 4, Kaci Sisson 1.
 
East Central (7-11, 2-7): Andreka Harper 19, Tynikda Bender 13 (5 RB), Gryanna McClendon 11 (5 RB), Jalesha Jones 9 (6 RB), Breona Foster 4, Anna Tanihhja Hughes 3 (11 RB), Katherine Nowell 3, Shaniqua Quinn 3, Kimberly Wallace 2 (8 RB).
 
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Pearl River – 32.8%, East Central – 25%.
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 0 of 4 (00.0%), East Central – 6 of 25 (24.0%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 35 of 50 (70.0%), East Central – 31 of 51 (60.8%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 56 (18 offensive, 38 defensive), East Central – 50 (19 offensive, 31 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 30, East Central 33.
 
MEN
Pearl River 81, East Central 76
First Half: 47-30 (PRCC)
Second Half: 46-34 (ECCC)
 
SCORERS
Pearl River (12-5, 5-4): Jeremy Hollimon 21, Kaven Bernard 12 (5 RB), DeAngelo Coleman 12 (5 RB), Lester Crosby 8 (7 RB), Devontai Foye 7, Quintarius Porter 7, Bryant McGee 6, Rakeem Esco 5, Irishma Bowie 3.
 
East Central (6-12, 2-7): Jacques Johnson 32, Terrance Mujahid 9, Ramone Tate 8, Michael Matlock 7, Keon McKinney 6, Demond Morgan 6, Quinton Campbell 5, Kevin Kirk 3.
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 26 of 55 (47.3%), East Central – 25 of 58 (43.1%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 16 (25.0%), East Central – 8 of 24 (33.3%).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 25 of 33 (75.8%), East Central – 18 of 28 (64.3%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River – 36 (11 offensive, 25 defensive), East Central – 35 (11 offensive, 24 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River – 12, East Central 11.
 
NOTE: Pearl River swept East Central in previous meetings played Dec. 9 in Poplarville. The Lady Wildcats were 67-58 winners, while the Wildcats won 70-53.
 
UP NEXT: PRCC returns to the hard court Thursday when arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast plays host in Perkinston with game times at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) before hosting division foe Southwest Mississippi Monday at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

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