River bombs Carey JV 83-57

            POPLARVILLE — The 17th-ranked Pearl River Wildcats demolished William Carey University’s junior varsity here Wednesday taking a lopsided 83-57 victory in Shivers Gymnasium.
            PRCC improved to 18-3 overall, while WCU-JV dropped to 4-7.
            The Wildcats jumped out to a double-digit lead midway in the first half and never looked back. Point guard Rakeem Esco out of Canton High nailed four three pointers in the opening 10 minutes to put The River up 20-10, but the visiting Crusaders responded with a 14-10 over the next seven minutes to cut the Wildcats lead to 30-24 with 2:43 left before the break.
            That was as close as WCU would get. Seconds later, Daniel Grieves, a U.S. Air Force Academy transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, hit a trey to kick off a 12-2 run to make it 42-26 at the intermission — the Wildcats’ largest lead of the first half.
            In the second half, maintained its dominating lead. PRCC went up by 20 — 52-32 — off an Esco bucket with 14:04 left and followed with a 29-18 scoring surge to grab a 31-point lead with 1:20 left. The Crusaders’ Tanner Pace hit the game’s final bucket with 12 seconds left.
            Lance Edmondson (six assists, four rebounds, two steals) Phillip Jones (four rebounds) led WCU with 12 points each, while Chris London and Taylor Singleton (six rebounds, two steals) scored eight each, Pace five, Bassanio Green four (four rebounds, two blocks), Darryn Cook-Kelley and Ken Patterson, three each; and Jason Peyshaud two.
            Esco paced Pearl River with a game and career-high 23 points (four treys, four steals), including a seven-of-seven effort at the foul line; while Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High scored 13 (four rebounds, two steals), Grieves 12 (three treys, four rebounds, two steals), Derionne Stewart of Picayune High eight (four rebounds), Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High seven (six assists, three steals), DeVonte Cook out of South Pike High in Magnolia six (five rebounds, two blocks), Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High five, Nick’Laus Warren out of Murrah High in Jackson four, Marcus Hogan out of Provine High in Jackson three, and Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi CC transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, two (eight rebounds, three blocks).
            Pearl River hit 82.4 percent (14 of 17) from the free throw line to William Carey’s 44.4 percent (four of nine), while the Wildcats were 30 of 63 (47.6 percent) from the field to the Crusaders’ 25-of-49 (51 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was nine of 25 (36 percent) and WCU-JV was three of 11 (27.3 percent).
            Pearl River dominated the boards with 35 rebounds (17 offensive, 18 defensive) to Carey’s 26 (nine offensive, 17 defensive), while the ’Saders committed 26 turnovers to the Wildcats’ 18.
            PRCC’s women and men return to action Monday when MACJC South Division rival Jones County visits Shivers Gymnasium for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games before wrapping up their 2012-2013 regular season Thursday, Feb. 21, at division foe Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson with game times at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).

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