No. 22 Pearl River wins seventh straight over Jones College
Tyler Johnson / PRCC Intern
ELLISVILLE, Miss. — The No. 22 Pearl River men's basketball team hit the road on Thursday night to take on Jones College and knocked off the Bobcats, 68-64. The win was Pearl River's seventh straight victory over Jones.
"We had a 14-point lead in the first half but made some blunders that allowed them to get back into the game," head coach Chris Oney said. "Thankfully, in the end, we were able to get the stops we needed to. I think we played well overall."
Ankerion Gross (Sardis; North Panola) opened the scoring in first drilling a 3-pointer to grab Pearl River (16-2 Overall; 11-0 MACCC) an early 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats pushed things out to a 7-2 lead which forced an early Jones College (13-5; 5-5) timeout.
Shortly after, Dylan Brumfield (Hattiesburg; Oak Grove) nailed another 3-pointer, extending the lead 10-2 in favor of the Wildcats.
After Jones grabbed a point from the free-throw line, Gross nailed another 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 13-3.
The teams traded blows from there, with the Wildcats getting yet another 3-pointer from Gross, keeping PRCC on top, 22-12.
Jones went on a run late but Pearl River kept the lead going into halftime, 33-25.
Out of the half, Jones College took the lead with a jumper to go ahead 40-39.
Right after, Gross responded with yet another 3-pointer, helping the Wildcats reclaim the lead 42-40.
The teams again traded blows with multiple lead changes throughout a majority of the second half, eventually drawing even at 53-53.
Pearl River found momentum late and rode it to victory by a score of 68-64.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jaronn Wilkens (Biloxi) had a big night for the Wildcats, leading them in points and rebounds with 22 and eight, respectively.
Smith was second on the team with 13 points and led the team with five assists.
Gross picked up right where he left off Monday night, finishing with 12 points all from beyond the arc.
Smith, Cameron Brown (Hattiesburg), Gross, and Brumfield all tied with five rebounds each.
The Wildcats return to action Monday as Mississippi Delta comes to Marvin R. White Coliseum. The game is set to get underway at 6 p.m.
Single-game tickets are available now and can be purchased at PRCCAthletics.com/tickets.
All home Pearl River basketball games are livestreamed for free at PRCCMedia.com/gold. Fans who have Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV devices can also watch the Wildcat broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" channel from their app stores.
Games can also be heard on WRJW 1320-AM, 106.9 FM and WRJWRadio.com.