Pearl River men shine in first scrimmage

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College basketball fans got their first look at the 2015-16 Wildcats Thursday night, highlighting the school’s Wildcat Madness festivities at M.R. White Coliseum.

The evening concluded with the Wildcats going through a full-court scrimmage, with the Maroon team rolling past the Gray team 58-41.

The two sides played two 15-minute halves with a running clock, except during free throws.

Pearl River basketball teams announce 2015-16 schedule

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will open its 2015-16 basketball season on the road Nov. 2 against Delgado (La.) Community College.

The Wildcats, two-time defending MACJC state champions, will play 23 games this season, while the Lady Wildcats will have 22 games.

Veteran head coach Richard Mathis enters his 24th season as the PRCC men’s coach with seven players returning from last season’s 25-4 team that came within an overtime loss in the Region 23 Tournament championship game of making its first trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.

River’s Clements signs with North Dakota State

    POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College basketball standout Malik Clements has signed with North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.
    Clements, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard out of Madison West High School in Madison, Wis., opted to forgo his sophomore season with the Wildcats to sign on with The Summit League champion squad under the leadership of second-year head coach Dave Richman.

Three Wildcat standouts grab postseason basketball honors

            POPLARVILLE --- Freshmen Cortez Mitchell and Darral Willis have garnered post-season basketball honors for the 2014-2015 season, as both members of the state champion Wildcat squad were named to the All-MACJC South Division and All-Region 23 squads.
            In addition, freshman Malik Clements was cited with All-MACJC honorable mention recognition.

River falls to Holmes 92-87 in Region 23 title bout in overtime

CLINTON --- The Holmes Bulldogs claimed the 2015 Region 23 men’s title with a thrilling 92-87 overtime win over MACJC champ Pearl River here Saturday in the championship round of the Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi College and clinched a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament set for March 17-21 in Hutchinson, Kan.
Despite the loss, the 24th-ranked Wildcats, who dropped to 25-4 overall, anxiously await the possibility of nabbing one of four at-large national tournament bids, which are to be announced Sunday.