POPLARVILLE – Big plays and exciting action were the order of the day Thursday night at M.R. White Coliseum on the Pearl River Community College campus.
A crowd estimated at about 500 saw some of the top basketball talent in South Mississippi in the inaugural PRCC Select All-Star Classic.
The event featured four games matching teams of players from PRCC’s six-county district (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River counties), as well as several surrounding schools.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College men’s basketball coach Chris Oney said he wanted his first recruiting class to be based on local prospects, and so far, the results have borne that out.
PRCC announced an initial signing class of six players, three of whom come directly from the school’s six-county district, which consists of Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River counties.
All six come from within the state of Mississippi.
“We’re very excited about the guys we’ve got,” said Oney, who took over as the Wildcats coach in November.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College women’s basketball coach Scotty Fletcher believes a lot of travel and hard work has paid off in a signing class that will help the Lady Wildcats climb quickly into the ranks of the state’s elite junior college teams.
Fletcher, who recently completed his first season as the head coach at PRCC, announced the signing of 14 players to junior college scholarships, including a transfer from the University of South Alabama and the Player of the Year in Baldwin County, Ala.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College sophomore forward Darrlyn Willis was named as a third-team All-America by the NJCAA, it was announced Friday.
Willis, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Madison, Wis., led the Wildcats to back-to-back MACJC South Division championships and 41 wins in his two seasons with the Wildcats.
CLINTON – Pearl River Community College saw its 2015-16 men’s basketball season come to a disappointing end Thursday night, as they fell to Southern-Shreveport in agonizing fashion.
Darrion Jacobs put back a missed shot at the buzzer to give the Jaguars a 68-66 victory in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.
Third-seeded Southern-Shreveport (19-8) advanced to play East Mississippi in the semifinals. PRCC finished 16-9.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will face Southern University-Shreveport Community College at 8 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the men's basketball NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.
The brackets and schedules for the regional tournament were announced Friday, following the conclusion of the MACJC State Tournament on Thursday.
The PRCC-Southern-Shreveport game will be the fourth of four games scheduled at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.
FULTON – Pearl River Community College had no answer in the second half against East Mississippi in the quarterfinals of the MACJC Men’s Basketball State Tournament.
As a result, the Wildcats’ stay in the tournament at the Davis Event Center on the Itawamba Community College campus was brief, as they were eliminated with an 80-73 loss to the Lions, ending PRCC’s two-year reign as state champions.
POPLARVILLE – It was a far more difficult struggle than expected, but Pearl River Community College escaped an upset bid by Meridian and held on for an 83-81 victory Thursday night in men’s basketball action at M.R. White Coliseum.
The win earned the Wildcats a share of the South Division championship with Jones County, and thanks to Copiah-Lincoln’s 71-69 upset win over Mississippi Gulf Coast, PRCC will be the South No. 1 seed for next week’s MACJC State Tournament.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College had just a brief stay in the top spot of the South Division men’s basketball standings after dropping an 82-70 decision to Mississippi Gulf Coast Thursday night at Perkinston.
The loss gave the Bulldogs a regular-season sweep of the Wildcats and dropped PRCC, now 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the division, to the No. 4 spot in the scramble for one of the division’s four berths in the MACJC State Tournament.
Gulf Coast jumped out to an early 18-8 lead, and kept the Wildcats at bay throughout the rest of the game.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College claimed the top spot in the South Division Monday, completing a regular-season sweep of archrival Jones County with a gutsy 85-82 victory at Ellisville.
The Wildcats and Bobcats are tied for first place in the division at 8-3, but the series sweep gives PRCC the tiebreaker advantage as both teams vie for berths in the MACJC State Tournament.
PRCC’s sophomore trio of Darrlyn Willis, Cortez Mitchell and William Brown combined for 64 points to carry the Wildcats to victory.