Pearl River rips Baton Rouge with 79-70 overtime victory to remain unbeaten at 7-0

            POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River’s Jeremy Hollimon swished a buzzer-beating three pointer to knot things up at 61-61 at the end of regulation against Baton Rouge Community College here Monday in Shivers Gymnasium; setting the stage for the host Wildcats’ 18-9 advantage in the overtime period for a 79-70 victory.
            With the win, PRCC remains unbeaten at 7-0 overall, while BRCC dropped to 4-9.
            It appeared Hollimon, a Troy State signee who prepped at Gulfport High, was headed to the free throw line for a possible game-winning foul shot after he was fouled after making his dramatic basket as time expired. But that was not to be after officials ruled that the visiting Bears’ miscue occurred after time expired and pushed things into OT.
            The Wildcats, who crushed the Bears 75-59 in a previous road meeting played Nov. 21, led 26-22 at the intermission despite shooting a dismal 29 percent (nine of 31) from the field. PRCC led for the first five minutes of the contest before Darryl Braggs’ bucket put BRCC up 6-5 at the 14:52 mark.
The next three minutes saw two lead changes before Southeastern Louisiana signee DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High tied it up at 8-8. After the Wildcats built their lead to 13-10, Joshua Ivory sank his first of four treys on the night to knot things at 13-13 with 9:23 left before the break. BRCC held PRCC scoreless for the next five minutes and built its lead to 20-14 with 4:25 left.
But the Wildcats responded with a 6-0 scoring run to tie it up at 20-20, while Braggs re-tied things at 22-22 with 1:35 remaining before baskets by Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., and Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., gave the Wildcats a four-point cushion at the half.
The River opened the second half with a 15-7 run to build its lead to 41-29 with 14:40 left in regulation, but Baton Rouge answered with an impressive 14-6 scoring surge to pull to within four --- 47-43 --- at the 7:04 mark.
Back-to-back three pointers by Ivory tied it up at 53-53 with 1:35 left and kicked off an 8-5 scoring surge to make it 61-58 with 5.4 seconds left. Coleman then took the inbound pass, raced down the court, and dished off to Hollimon for his buzzer-beating three to tie it up.
Heading into overtime, the Wildcats never looked back. Hollimon opened the scoring with his third trey of the night to kick off a dominating 18-9 effort to ice the nine-point victory.
Brian Sylvester paced the Bears with 16 points, while Braggs (six rebounds) and Ivory (four treys) scored 12 each. Terry Blythe and Javis McPike (seven rebounds) added nine each, Denzel Flemings seven, and Michael Lastrapes five (four rebounds).
Coleman led the Wildcats with a season and game-high 26 points, including a 14-of-17 (82.3 percent) effort at the foul line (five assists, five rebounds), while Bernard (13 rebounds, three assists) and Hollimon (three treys, three steals, three assists) scored 18 each. Hollimon also sported a seven-of-nine (77.8 percent) showing at the free throw line.
Irishma Bowie of Morton High added five, Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High four (five rebounds), Bryant McGee of West Marion High three (10 rebounds), Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High and Johnson, two each, and Rakeem Esco, a Louisiana-Monroe signee out of Canton High, one (four rebounds).
            Pearl River hit 35.9 percent (23 of 64) from the field to Baton Rouge’s 37.1 percent (23 of 62), while the Wildcats were four of 18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range to the Bears’ six-of-18 (33.3 percent) effort. At the foul line, PRCC was 29 of 38 (76.3 percent), while BRCC was 18 of 30 (60 percent).
            The River out-rebounded Baton Rouge 47 (15 offensive, 32 defensive) to 44 (13 offensive, 31 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 15 turnovers in the game to the Bears’ 18.
            PRCC's women and men open their MACJC South Division schedules Thursday, Dec. 5, against Hinds CC in Utica with 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) contests before hosting division foe East Central Monday, Dec. 9, for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games in Shivers Gymnasium in Poplarville.
 
BATON ROUGE (La.) @ PEARL RIVER
NJCAA Men's Basketball Game
Played Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 @ Poplarville, MS
 
Pearl River 79, Baton Rouge 70 (OT)
First Half: 26-22 (PRCC)
Second Half: 39-26 (BRCC)
Overtime: 18-9 (PRCC)
 
SCORERS
Baton Rouge (4-9): Brian Sylvester 16, Darryl Braggs 12 (6 RB), Joshua Ivory 12 (4 treys), Terry Blythe 9, Javis McPike 9 (7 RB), Denzel Flemings 7, Michael Lastrapes 5 (4 RB).
Pearl River (7-0): DeAngelo Coleman 26 (5 assists, 5 RB, 14 of 17 FT), Kaven Bernard 18 (13 RB, 3 assists), Jeremy Hollimon 18 (3 treys, 3 steals, 3 assists, 7 of 9 FT), Irishma Bowie 5, Lester Crosby 4 (5 RB), Bryant McGee 3 (10 RB), Devontai Foye 2, Joshua Johnson 2, Rakeem Esco 1 (4 RB).
 
FIELD GOALS: Pearl River – 23 of 64 (35.9%), Baton Rouge – 23 of 62 (37.1%).
THREE POINTERS: Pearl River – 4 of 18 (22.2%), Baton Rouge – 6 of 18 (33.3 %).
FREE THROWS: Pearl River – 29 of 38 (76.3%), Baton Rouge – 18 of 30 (60.0%).
REBOUNDS: Pearl River 47 (15 offensive, 32 defensive), Baton Rouge 44 (13 offensive, 31 defensive).
TURNOVERS: Pearl River 15, Baton Rouge 18.
 
NOTE: Pearl River’s men defeated Baton Rouge in a previous meeting played Nov. 21 in Baton Rouge 75-59.
 
UP NEXT: PRCC's women and men open their MACJC South Division schedule Thursday, Dec. 5, against Hinds in Utica with 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) contests before hosting division foe East Central Monday, Dec. 9, for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games in Shivers Gymnasium in Poplarville.
 

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