GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs will face the Pearl River Community College Wildcats tonight at Copiah-Community College in Wesson for the 2015 MACJC State Championship.
The 20-5 Bulldogs and the 22-3 Wildcats will square off at 7:45 p.m. in Mullen Gymnasium. You can watch the game live at www.holmesccmedia.com. Holmes defeated Northeast, 69-59, Wednesday afternoon while the Wildcats defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 69-54, Wednesday night to advance to the title game.
The Bulldogs return to the state title came for the first time since the 2007 season when Coach Todd Kimble and then-assistant coach Jason Flanigan led the Bulldogs to back-to-back titles in both 2006 and 2007.
Holmes is averaging 73.4 points per game and is giving up 51.2 points per game. Holmes is led by Daryl Macon (6-3, guard, freshman, Little Rock, Ark.), Marcus Washington (6-1, guard, sophomore, Clinton), Cedric Harper (6-6, forward, freshman, Tallahassee, Fla.), Jarvis Williams (5-8, guard, sophomore, Jackson) and Dietrich Taylor (6-5, forward/center, freshman, Jackson).
Macon is averaging 23.7 points per game and is in the top five in scoring in the NJCAA. Marcus Washington is next with a 9.4 points per game average while Harper gets eight points per game, Williams scores 7.2 points per game and Taylor scores 5.8 points per game. Harper brings in 5.3 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 4.8 rebounds per game. Williams is the leading three-point shooter with a 40.6 percent average with Macon having a 39.7 percent average. Harper gets 2.4 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.
As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 36.6 percent from the three-point line and 72.1 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 86.4 percent. Holmes brings in 29.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.6 assists.
Pearl River is averaging 75.5 points per game and is giving up 45.4 points per game. Pearl River is led by Cortez Mitchell (6-2, guard, freshman, Jackson), Darral Willis (6-8, center/forward, freshman, Madison, Wis.), Malik Clements (6-3, guard/forward, freshman, Madison, Wis.) and John Cornish (6-4, guard, freshman, Olive Branch).
Mitchell is averaging 14.2 points per game. Willis is averaging 13.4 points per game while Clements is averaging 9.8 points per game and Cornish is averaging 7.5 points per game. Willis brings in 7.1 rebounds per game. Cornish leads in three-point shooting with a 50.7 percent average while Mitchell has a 37.5 percent average.
As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 49 percent from the floor, 36.6 percent from the three-point line and 68.5 percent from the free throw line with Cornish shooting free throws at 77.8 percent. Pearl River brings in 50.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 16 assists.