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.
Sophomore Paul Thibodeaux, a transfer from Meridian Community College, led all scorers with 18 points for the Maroons. Sophomore Darryln Willis added 11 points for the Maroon team.
Sophomore Cortez Mitchell led the Grays with 17 points. The Maroons had a 30-24 halftime lead and pulled away in the early part of the second half.
A good crowd of fans were also introduced to the 2015-16 Lady Wildcats and first-year head coach Scotty Fletcher, and were entertained with a men-vs.-women 3-point shooting contest, won by Wildcat freshman Eli Arcement over Lady Wildcat champ Jada Ivy.
Following introductions of both Pearl River teams, returning members of the 2014-15 MACJC State Tournament championship team were presented with state championship rings commemorating the title.
Last year’s championship was the seventh for the Wildcats under head coach Richard Mathis, who is entering his 24th season at the PRCC helm.
The Wildcats will travel to Dallas, Texas, next weekend for the Mullen/Mitchell Dallas Jamboree. PRCC will be one of some 70 junior college teams participating in the jamboree, hosted by Jerry Mullen, a former longtime junior college coach in Kansas. The Wildcats will scrimmage against Seward, Kan., Barton, Kan. and Odessa, Texas.
(Photo by Janet Braswell/PRCC Public Relations)
Returning members of the Pearl River 2014-15 MACJC state championship men’s basketball team display their commemorative rings during Thursday’s Wildcat Madness at M.R. White Coliseum in Poplarville.