GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs look to avenge a 65-54 loss last week in the MACJC State Championship game to the Pearl River Community College tomorrow night in the finals of the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.
The Bulldogs, 22-6, got to the region championship with a 73-64 win over the East Central Community College Warriors Friday afternoon while the Wildcats, 25-3, defeated East Mississippi, 67-62, Friday afternoon to move into the finals. Saturday night's 8 p.m. Region Championship can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com or heard live at 101.1 FM, breezynews.com or by adding the Breezy app to your smart phone.
In the state title game, the Bulldogs shot a dismal 31.9 percent from the floor and 18.8 percent from behind the three-point line. Free throws kept the Bulldogs close at times as Holmes shot 87.5 percent (21-24). Pearl River shot 45.8 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
Holmes is averaging 72.9 points per game and is giving up 52.6 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 22.9 points per game and is in the top 10 in scoring in the NJCAA. Marcus Washington is next with a 9.5 points per game average while Harper gets 8.6 points per game, Williams scores 6.7 points per game and Taylor scores six points per game. Harper brings in 5.3 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 4.9 rebounds per game. Macon is the leading three-point shooter with a 39 percent average with Williams having a 37.2 percent average. Harper gets 2.3 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.
As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 35.5 percent from the three-point line and 73 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 87.8 percent. Holmes brings in 29.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.3 assists.
Pearl River is averaging 74.9 points per game and is giving up 49.3 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). Willis is allegedly unable to play Saturday after an ejection Friday afternoon versus East Mississippi.
Mitchell is averaging 14.1 points per game. Willis is averaging 13.9 points per game while Clements is averaging 9.8 points per game and Cornish is averaging 7.4 points per game. Willis brings in 7.3 rebounds per game. Cornish leads in three-point shooting with a 50.6 percent average while Mitchell has a 35.4 percent average.
As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from the three-point line and 68.9 percent from the free throw line with Cornish shooting free throws at 76.3 percent. Pearl River brings in 49.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 15.8 assists.