Posted: November 20, 2012 12:24 AM
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
MERIDIAN – The Jones County Junior College Bobcats remained unbeaten here Monday night with a workmanlike effort.
After trailing for most of the first half, JCJC went on to post a 68-57 decision over Meridian Community College in Graham Gymnasium.
The victory improves JCJC to 6-0, while MCC remains winless at 0-8.
In the women’s game, Meridian outscored the Lady Bobcats 11-2 over the game’s final two minutes and notched an 82-76 decision.
The JCJC women fall to 2-3, while Meridian is now 5-2.
The Bobcats will return home to A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Nov. 26 vs. Alabama Southern Community College. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.
Meridian travels to Northeast Mississippi on Monday.
Bobcats 68, Eagles 57
Meridian jumped out to a 13-3 lead with 13:30 left in the first half when Aubrey Humphrey scored. JCJC came back and took the lead for good when Tanner Wozniak hit a 12-footer to make it 23-22 with 4:12 left in the first half.
The Bobcats were up 29-28 at halftime.
JCJC would take its longest lead of the evening at 47-34 with Wesley Bell-Blackmon scored with 13:35 left in the game. But MCC fought back and pulled within 53-50 with 5:54 to play on a 3-pointer by Humphrey.
The Eagles were within 59-55 inside of two minutes to play, but Jones got a 3-point play from Wozniak on a breakaway, a basket by Bell-Blackmon off an assist by Wozniak and another bucket by Bell-Blackmon to put the game away at 66-55 with just 23 seconds left.
Detrick Davis paced Jones with 18 points, while Wozniak had 16, including a 3-of-5 night from 3-point range. Cory Jackson and J.J. Bolton added 10 points each. Bolton had 11 assists, while Bell-Blackmon had 9 rebounds and Davis had 6 boards.
JCJC was 28-of-54 from the field for 51.9 percent and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Nick Waters had 14 point for MCC, while Humphrey added 12 and Michael Hutchins had 10. The Eagles were 23-of-55 from the field for 41.8 percent and 3-of-4 from the line.
Lady Eagles 82, Lady Bobcats 76
Meridian took its longest lead of the game at 20-7 with 14:07 left in the first half when Reyada Stinner scored. The Lady Eagles were up 47-40 at halftime.
JCJC would take its first lead of the game at 52-51 with 15:27 left when LaTisha McCullum stole the ball and converted a layup.
The Lady Bobcats would take its second lead of the night at 66-65 with 7:06 left when Samantha Clemts scored. JCJC would go up 74-71 with 2:47 to play when Caitlyn Spane scored off an offensive rebound.
But Gelese Lampton scored for MCC with 2:01 to play and Victoria Stewart followed with a 3-pointer to put the Lady Eagles up for good at 76-74 with 1:35 left.
Kristen Sampson then scored with 45 seconds to play, stole the ball and scored again with 41 seconds showing to put MCC up 80-74. Malaka Johnson capped MCC’s 11-0 run with 13.5 seconds left on a layup.
JCJC’s final points came with 7.9 seconds to go when Precious Jefferson made two free throws.
Keoshya Wilson had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Jones, while Spane had 12 points and 13 boards. Jefferson and Chelsea Phillips each had 12 points and Kaylan Hughes also had 15 rebounds.
The Lady Bobcats outrebounded Meridian, 58-32. Jones was 28-of-83 from the field for 33.7 percent and 16-of-26 from the free throw line.
Sampson had 22 points for the Lady Eagles, while Lampton added 21, Johnson had 14 and Stinner had 12. Johnson had 10 rebounds and Stinner had 11 assists.
MCC was 27-of-74 from the floor for 36.5 percent and they were 20-of-30 from the line.
Meridian 82, Jones County 76
JONES COUNTY (2-3) – Keoshya Wilson 17, Caitlyn Spane 12, Precious Jefferson 12, Chelsea Phillips 12, LaTisha McCullum 9, Kaylan Hughes 7, Samantha Clemnts 7, Kelsey Green 0, Khadijah Jones 0.
MERIDIAN (5-2) – Kristen Sampson 22, Gelese Lampton 21, Malaka Johnson 15, Reyada Stinner 12, Victoria Stewart 8, Keionna Gines 2, Chelsey Weaver 2.
Jones County 40 36 – 76
Meridian 47 35 – 82
Jones County 68, Meridian 57
JONES COUNTY (6-0) – Detrick Davis 18, Tanner Wozniak 16, Cory Jackson 10, J.J. Bolton 10, Wesley Bell-Blackmon 8, Ladarron Johnson 4, Dontavious Lewis 2, Tyler Rhodes 0, Donta Pittman 0, Raymond Pittman 0, Emmanuel Davis 0.
MERIDIAN (0-8) – Nick Waters 14, Aubrey Humphrey 12, Micheal Hutchins 10, Will Sheriff 8, Antwan Randle 6, Zollie Johnson 3, Arbreneze Johnson 2, Juston Hill 2, Ladarrian Jones 0, Bruce Shelby 0.
Jones County 29 39 – 68Meridian 28 29 – 57