When Pearl River Community College men’s basketball coach Chris Oney bid his team goodbye for the holidays, he wasn’t sure what kind of team he would have when the returned.
Oney was hoping the break didn’t sap the momentum the Wildcats took from a strong 70-56 road win against Meridian in their last game in December, heading into Thursday’s 2017 opener at Mississippi Delta.
“I thought that just before the break we were starting to play really well, they were gelling and playing the way we needed for us to be successful,” said Oney. “It’s going to take some time to get back to where we were before the break.”
The Wildcats (7-1 overall and 1-0 in the South Division) are looking to atone for their only defeat thus far, a 67-56 loss to the Trojans in which MDCC dominated PRCC in the second half.
“That second half was the worst half we’ve played all season,” said Oney. “We didn’t score, and we let them push us around in the paint to get a ton of rebounds.”
Since then, however, Pearl River has been on a tear, averaging 93.6 points a game over a five-game winning streak.
“I think we’re ready to win, to pick back up where we left off,” Oney said. “But I’m glad we’ve got these two games before we start back in division.”
Pearl River travels to New Orleans on Monday to battle Delgado in non-division play before resuming its division schedule next Thursday at home against Southwest.