River bombs Coahoma 85-61 in MACJC quarter-finals

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.
            Earlier in the day, NWCC defeated South No. 3 Southwest Mississippi 90-85 to grab its spot in the semis following North No. 3 Mississippi Delta’s 71-68 win over South No. 2 Jones County 71-68 via a buzzer-beating three. South No. 4 Mississippi Gulf Coast eliminated North No. 1 East Mississippi 84-82 in overtime.
            Wednesday’s semi-finals tip off with two women’s contests — North No. 3 Northeast Mississippi versus South No. 4 Jones County at 1 p.m. and South No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln versus North No. 2 Itawamba at 3 p.m.
            The MDCC men takes on MGCCC at 5 p.m. followed by Pearl River’s match up at 7 p.m.
            In women’s quarter-finals played Monday, NEMCC defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast 68-66 in overtime, Jones defeated North No. 1 Northwest Mississippi 77-50, Co-Lin defeated North No. 4 Mississippi Delta 67-63, and Itawamba defeated South No. 3 Southwest Mississippi 50-41.
            The semi-final winners will face off in the championship bouts Thursday at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).
            In The River-Coahoma contest, the Wildcats held the Tigers scoreless for the first three minutes while building a 10-0 lead at the 17:06 mark. Pearl River maintained a double-digit lead throughout the first half, building its advantage to as much as 17 points — 44-27 — in the final minute.
            Coahoma’s Roy Desorvil banged in a trey with 39 seconds left and Johnathan Ankston followed with a pair of free throws to make it 44-32 at the intermission.
            Pearl River opened the second half with an impressive 16-6 scoring run to pump its lead to 58-38 with 14:29 left, while the Tigers later pulled off a 13-5 run over a four-plus-minute span to pull to within 12 with 5:57 left.
            But that was as close as Coahoma would get. The Wildcats closed out the game with a dominating 14-3 scoring surge to grab its largest lead of the night and the 24-point victory.
            Patrick Brown led CCC with 17 points (two treys, five rebounds, three assists, three steals), while Ankston scored 16 (three assists, four rebounds), including a six-of-seven effort at the free throw line. Alex Thompson added 11, Stacy Regular six, Alan Morris four (five rebounds), Desorvil and Stanley Haywood, three each; and Derek Carson one.
            Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson, paced The River with a game-high 18 points (two treys, two steals), including a four-for-four showing at the foul line; while Frank Snow, a San Angelia CC (Tex.) transfer from Wellington, Fla., scored 15, hauled in a game-high 10 boards, and blocked three shots. Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., scored 11 (four rebounds, two steals), DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia 11 (game-high eight assists, four rebounds, three treys, three steals), Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High eight, Daniel Grieves, a U.S. Air Force Academy transfer who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, six (eight rebounds, six assists); Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High five (six rebounds), DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High four (five rebounds), and Rakeem Esco of Canton High three.
            Pearl River hit an impressive 54.4 percent (31 of 57) from the field to Coahoma’s paltry 19-of-64 (29.7 percent) effort, while the Wildcats hit 58.6 percent (17 of 29) at the foul line to the Tigers’ 66.7 percent (18 of 27. From three-point range, PRCC was six of 14 (42.9 percent), while CCC was five of 28 (17.9 percent).
            The River dominated the boards with 49 rebounds (13 offensive, 26 defensive) to Coahoma’s 34 (15 offensive, 19 defensive), while both teams had 21 turnovers each.

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