Wildcats open new year with win over Badger JV

            MOBILE, Ala. — Pearl River Community College’s Wildcats opened the new year with a convincing 76-48 shellacking of the Spring Hill College (Ala.) junior varsity squad here Tuesday.
            The Wildcats were improved to 9-1 overall with the victory.
            Pearl River led 38-17 at the intermission before outscoring the host Badgers 38-31 in the second half to take the lopsided 28-point victory.
            DeMondre Harvey of Minden (La.) High paced the Wildcats with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while U.S. Air Force Academy transfer Daniel Grieves, who prepped at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, and Xavian Rimmer, an Alcorn State transfer who prepped at Piney Woods School near Jackson, both scored 11. Grieves sank three treys, while Rimmer accounted for two. Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La., scored 10, Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High five, Marcus Hogan out of Provine High in Jackson, Frank Snow, San Angelina CC transfer from Wellington, Fla., and Derionne Stewart of Picayune High, four a piece; Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High, DeAngelo Coleman out of South Pike High in Magnolia (three assists), and Devontai Foye of Hattiesburg High, three a piece; and DeVontee Cook, another South Pike recruit, Rakeem Esco of Canton High, and Jimmy Henderson, a Northwest Mississippi CC transfer who prepped at Houston (Miss.) High, two a piece.
            Wesley Pietri led Spring Hill with 11 (two treys), Dan Piper nine (three treys), Frank Ferro (five rebounds) and Jackson Fos, six each; Julian Legido five, Tyler Dillon, Patrick Everett, and Jerrick Thompson, three a piece; and Geoffrey Bunting two.
            Pearl River hit 45.8 percent (11 of 24) from the free-throw line to Spring Hill’s 71.4 percent (five of seven), while the Wildcats were 29 of 61 (46.5 percent) from the field to the Badgers’ 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was seven of 20 (35 percent), while SHC’s JV was nine of 25 (36 percent).
            The River dominated the boards with 43 rebounds (16 offensive, 27 defensive) to Spring Hill’s 29 (eight offensive, 21 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 13 turnovers to the Badgers’ 23.
            Pearl River and Spring Hill’s JV eye a rematch Saturday, Jan. 19, in Shivers Gym in Poplarville. Spring Hill is a four-year college located in Mobile, Ala.
            PRCC’s women and men return to action Thursday when they travel to MACJC non-division rival Mississippi Delta in Moorhead for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men), then resumes MACJC South Division play against arch-rival Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston Monday, Jan. 14, with game times at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).

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