POPLARVILLE — Eight-seeded Southern University-Shreveport (La.) gave top-seeded and MACJC champion Pearl River all it could handle here Wednesday in the quarter-finals in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament underway in A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
But the 20th-ranked Wildcats survived to take a 64-62 victory over the scrappy Jaguars and advance to Friday’s semi-finals in a rematch with fourth-seeded Northwest Mississippi. NWCC ended fifth-seeded Jones County’s season with a 83-68 lopsided win in the quarter-finals.
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.
POPLARVILLE — Pearl River’s Wildcats gave Shivers Gymnasium an historical send off here Thursday with a lopsided 81-60 demolition of Mississippi Delta in the men’s championship game of the MACJC State Tournament here Thursday.
South No. 1 PRCC, the tournament host, never trailed in the final game played in the 65-year-old facility that has housed River basketball since Hurricane Katrina destroyed Marvin R. White Coliseum in August 2005. Construction of the “new” $8.9 million White Coliseum in underway and will be ready for next season.
POPLARVILLE — Pearl River overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to eliminate Northwest Mississippi 65-62 and propel the Wildcats into the men’s title bout against Mississippi Delta in MACJC State Tournament action here Wednesday in Shivers Gymnasium.
Trailing 41-24 at the half, tournament host and South Division No. 1 seed PRCC opened the second half with an amazing 22-4 scoring run to take its first lead of the night at 46-45 and never looked back.
POPLARVILLE — South No. 1 seed Pearl River bombed North No. 4 Coahoma in the MACJC State Tournament men’s quarter-finals here Tuesday in Shivers Gymnasium, demolishing the Tigers 85-61 to move to Wednesday’s semi-final round against North No. 2 Northwest Mississippi.
The 20th-ranked and tournament host Wildcats jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first three minutes of the game and never looked back.
PRCC improved to 20-4 overall with the victory, while CCC, which was eliminated from the tournament, dropped to 9-13.
MACJC STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Feb. 25-28 / Shivers Gymnasium / Pearl River Community College / Poplarville, MS
WOMEN’S FIRST ROUND / MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013
North No. 3 Northeast Miss. (13-10) 68, South No. 2 Miss. Gulf Coast (17-7) 66 (OT)
South No. 4 Jones County (12-9) 77, North No. 1 Northwest Miss. (18-6) 50
South No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln (21-3) 67, North No. 4 Miss. Delta (9-13) 63
North No. 2 Itawamba (16-8) 50, South No. 3 Southwest Miss. (15-9) 41
MEN’S FIRST ROUND / TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013
Richard Mathis tells about the road to MACJC south division championship and the upcoming State playoffs to be held at PRCC. With Voice of the Wildcats, Jason Baker.
WESSON — Pearl River split with Copiah-Lincoln in MACJC South Division men’s and women’s basketball action here Thursday to wrap the 2012-2013 regular season.
The 19th-ranked Wildcats avenged their 83-69 loss to the Wolfpack on Jan. 28 in Poplarville with a lopsided 77-62 victory, while the Lady Wildcats ended its season with a 60-42 setback despite outscoring host Co-Lin 28-24 in the second half.
POPLARVILLE — Pearl River split with rival Jones County in MACJC South Division men’s and women’s basketball action here Monday with the 17th-ranked Wildcats falling 76-74 in overtime, while the Lady Wildcats avenged Jan. 24's loss to the Lady Bobcats with a convincing 83-71 victory.
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.