Wildcats smack SSA with 102-67 rout

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POPLARVILLE Pearl River Wildcats bombarded Southern Sports Academy out of Jackson with a lopsided 102-67 rout here Thursday Shivers Gymnasium to even their overall record to 2-2. PRCC took command early, jumping out to an 11-1 lead in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the contest and maintained a double-digit lead from there on out. Over the next 13 minutes, the Wildcats put together a 35-23 run that boosted their lead to 22 46-24 when Daron Bell of Bay High sank a three before The River closed out the half with a 11-4 scoring surge in the final four-and-a-half minutes to end the half with a 57-28 lead. Yondarius Johnson, a Grambling State transfer from Plain Dealing, La., banged in his only trey of the night with 16:30 left to pump Pearl River lead to 30 62-32 and the Wildcats their lead to as many as 37 points four different times during regulation. Quentin Watkins out of Lanier High in Jackson hit a bucket with 1:30 left to push PRCC to the century mark. SSA dropped to 0-4 on the year with the loss. Roman Machiroux paced SSA with 14 points (four rebounds), while Jaihlen Teague added 12 (seven rebounds), Xavier Roy 10 (four rebounds), Dellante Pack eight, Simon Compant five, Jordan Oloron, Anthony Papelbon, and Atoumane Seck, four a piece; and Thomas Akin 3 (five rebounds). Bell season-and-game-high 19 points (four rebounds) led PRCC, while Zane Knowles, another Grambling transfer who hails from Nassau, Bahamas, added 12 (two blocks), Watkins 11 (six assists), Jamaiason Hadley out of East Side High in Cleveland, Jeremy Moore out of Jim Hill High in Jackson, and Derionne Stewart of Picayune High (seven rebounds), eight a piece; Josh Carpenter of Oak Grove High and Johnson (four rebounds), seven each; Raheem England of Decatur (Ala.) High six. Mike Henry of Wayne County High (four rebounds) and Marcus Rawls of Picayune High (six rebounds), five each; Andre McMorris of East Marion High four, and Daterris Rogers of Wayne County High two. Pearl River hit 63 percent (17 of 27) from the free throw line to Southern Sports 57.1 percent (20 of 35), while the Wildcats were 41 of 78 (52.6 percent) from the field to SSA 22-of-59 (37.3 percent) effort. From three-point range, PRCC was three of 11 (27.3 percent) and SSA was three of 13 (23.1 percent). The River dominated the boards with 54 rebounds (19 offensive, 35 defensive) to SSA 34 (nine offensive, 25 defensive). PRCC committed 25 turnovers to SSA 29. Pearl River women and men squads return to action with back-to-back MACJC non-division battles traveling to Mississippi Delta in Moorhead Monday (5 p.m. women, 7 p.m. men) before hosting Holmes Thursday, Nov. 17, in Poplarville (5 p.m. women, 7 p.m. men).