POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College basketball teams made a successful debut of their 2015-16 seasons Monday night as they swept a pair of games from Delgado at New Orleans.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats had little trouble racing past the Dolphins 80-63, and the Lady Wildcats handed head coach Scotty Fletcher a victory in his first game as a head coach, defeating Delgado 61-52.
Sophomore Jamond Franklin led four Wildcats in double figures with 20 points. Darryln Willis added 17 points, Cortez Mitchell scored 13 and Dontellius Ross had 12 points.
POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College basketball teams open the 2015-16 regular season on Monday against Delgado, La., at New Orleans.
The Wildcats return three starters and seven players total from last season’s 25-4 team that came within an overtime loss to Holmes of making it to the NJCAA National Tournament.
PRCC is the two-time defending MACJC State Tournament champions and come into the season ranked 12th in the nation in the NJCAA preseason rankings.
POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Lady Wildcats put their new look on display for the first time in front of the home crowd, and it was smashing performance.
PRCC used a 17-0 run in the second quarter to take command and never looked back, rolling past Bishop State 71-37 in women’s basketball exhibition action Tuesday night at M.R. White Coliseum.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College basketball fans got their first look at the 2015-16 Wildcats Thursday night, highlighting the school’s Wildcat Madness festivities at M.R. White Coliseum.
The evening concluded with the Wildcats going through a full-court scrimmage, with the Maroon team rolling past the Gray team 58-41.
The two sides played two 15-minute halves with a running clock, except during free throws.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will open its 2015-16 basketball season on the road Nov. 2 against Delgado (La.) Community College.
The Wildcats, two-time defending MACJC state champions, will play 23 games this season, while the Lady Wildcats will have 22 games.
Veteran head coach Richard Mathis enters his 24th season as the PRCC men’s coach with seven players returning from last season’s 25-4 team that came within an overtime loss in the Region 23 Tournament championship game of making its first trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.
POPLARVILLE – Eight high school boys and 12 high school girls basketball teams participated last week and this week in the Pearl River Community College basketball round-robin at M.R. White Coliseum.
Boys varsity teams included Moss Point, Columbia, Gulfport, Long Beach, Stone County, Poplarville, Lamar Christian and Hancock.
POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College basketball standout Malik Clements has signed with North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.
Clements, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard out of Madison West High School in Madison, Wis., opted to forgo his sophomore season with the Wildcats to sign on with The Summit League champion squad under the leadership of second-year head coach Dave Richman.
POPLARVILLE --- Freshmen Cortez Mitchell and Darral Willis have garnered post-season basketball honors for the 2014-2015 season, as both members of the state champion Wildcat squad were named to the All-MACJC South Division and All-Region 23 squads.
In addition, freshman Malik Clements was cited with All-MACJC honorable mention recognition.
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.