Wildcats smack Crusader JV 81-53 in hoops season opener

    POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River’s Wildcats crushed the William Carey University junior varsity squad 81-53 in their 2013 basketball season opener here Monday in Shivers Gymnasium.
    The lopsided defeated was also the opener for the visiting Crusaders.
    Pearl River dominated from the outset of the contest, building a 10-point lead at the 12:30 mark of the first half, then answering with a 5-0 run over the next three minutes to grab a 20-5 lead.
    Carey responded with a 19-10 comeback surge --- capped by Darryn Cook-Kelley’s third of five treys he hit in the game --- to cut The River’s lead to 30-24 with 1:20 left before the intermission. The Wildcats outscored the Crusaders 6-2 the rest of the way. Irishma Bowie of Morton High ended the first half scoring when he banked a three pointer off the glass to give PRCC a 36-26 lead at the break.
    In the second half, Carey managed to cut Pearl River’s lead to single digits --- 46-39 --- when Cook-Kelley hit his final three pointer of the night with 15:15 left, but the Wildcats answered with a dominating 35-14 scoring run the rest of the way to take the 28-point victory.
    Cook-Kelley paced the Crusaders with 17 points (five treys), while Taylor Singleton added 10 (five assists, four rebounds), including an impressive six-for-six effort at the free throw line A.J. Murphy scored eight, Walker Roberts six (five rebounds), Cameron Bradley Jr. (10 rebounds), and Andrew Rodgers, three a piece; and Trevon Cole, Kenny Patterson, and Wesley Walker, two a piece.
    Jeremy Hollimon of Gulfport High led the Wildcats with a game-high 22 points (seven rebounds, five assists, five steals, two treys), while Rakeem Esco of Canton High scored 12 (eight rebounds), Bowie 11 (three treys), Joshua Johnson out of Carroll High in Monroe, La., eight (eight assists, three steals); Lester Crosby of Franklinton (La.) High seven (12 rebounds, five blocks), Bryant McGee of West Marion High six (nine rebounds), DeAngelo Coleman of South Pike High four, and Kaven Bernard out of Assumption High in Napoleonville, La. (five rebounds), and Devontae Foye of Hattiesburg High (four rebounds), three each.
    Carey was 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) at the foul line to Pearl River’s 13-of-19 (48.1 percent) effort, while the Crusaders hit s dismal 34 percent (18 of 53) from the field to the Wildcats’ 40.3 percent (31 of 77) effort. From three-point range, the WCJV as seven of 19 (36.8 percent), while PRCC was six of 27 (22.2 percent).
    The River dominated the boards with 55 rebounds (29 offensive, 26 defensive) to Carey’s 37 (16 offensive, 21 defensive), while the Wildcats committed 15 turnovers to the Crusaders 25.
    The two teams eye a rematch Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in Shivers.
    Next up for Pearl River’s women and men are Thursday match ups with Delgado (La.) in Shivers Gym (women 5 p.m., men 6 p.m.). The Lady Wildcats’ contest will be their season opener, as the previously scheduled Monday opener against Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi was cancelled.
Men’s Basketball Game
Played Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 @ Poplarville, MS
Halftime: 36-26 (PRCC)
WILLIAM CAREY J.V. (0-1): Darryn Cook-Kelley 17 (5 treys), Taylor Singleton 10 (5 assists. 6-of-6 FT, 4 RB), A.J. Murphy 8, Walker Roberts 6 (5 RB), Cameron Bradley Jr. 3 (10 RB), Andrew Rodgers 3, Trevon Cole 2, Kenny Patterson 2, Wesley Walker 2.
PEARL RIVER (1-0): Jeremy Hollimon 22 (2 treys, 9-of-18 FG, 7 RB, 5 assists, 5 steals), Rakeem Esco 12 (8 RB), Irishma Bowie 11 (3 treys), Joshua Johnson 8 (8 assists, 3 steals), Bryant McGee 6 (9 RB), Lester Crosby 7 (12 RB, 5 blocks), DeAngelo Coleman 4, Kaven Bernard 3 (5 RB), Devontae Foye 3 (4 RB).
FREE THROWS: PRCC — 13 of 27 (48.1%), WCJV — 10 of 19 (52.6%).
FIELD GOALS: PRCC — 31 of 77 (40.3%), WCJV — 18 of 53 (34.0%).
THREE POINTERS: PRCC — 6 of 27 (22.2%), WCJV — 7 of 19 (36.8%).
REBOUNDS: PRCC — 55 (29 offensive, 26 defensive), WCJV — 37 (16 offensive, 21 defensive).
NOTE: Pearl River and the William Carey JV eye a rematch Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in Shivers Gymnasium in Poplarville. Monday’s PRCC-WCJV match up was the season opener for both teams.
UP NEXT: Pearl River’s women and men return to action Thursday when Delgado (La.) visits Shivers Gymnasiun for 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men) games. The Lady Wildcats’ season opener against Keesler Air Force Base set for Monday in Biloxi was cancelled.

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