GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs found out today they will be facing the Eastern Florida State College Titans in the first round of the NJCAA Tournament on Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. central time in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Bulldogs, 23-6, will be the No. 20 seed in the tournament while the Titans, 29-4, will be the No. 13 seed in the tournament. Holmes got to the tournament after winning the Region XXIII Championship on Saturday night versus Pearl River, 92-87, in overtime in Clinton. The Titans fell to 76-69 to Northwest Florida State College in the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament Championship Game Saturday night. All games played in the tournament will be streamed at njcaatv.com.
"We've got to be ready and focused," Holmes Head Coach Jason Flanigan said. "They'll be prepared and they will fight the whole time they are out there. We've got to work and value each possession on the offensive and defensive end. My guys are extremely prepared and excited about this opportunity."
The 2015 appearance will be the first for the Bulldogs. Eastern Florida last appeared in the NJCAA Tournament in 1987.
"Making history is always good," Flanigan said. "You have had some unbelievable teams and coaches here in the past so this is a great accomplishment for this team and this staff. I can't thank Coach Harrison enough. He did a great job all season long. He deserves a lot of credit. Credit goes to my guys for staying together and staying on the same page. Anytime you can make history on any level is big time. I'm excited for my guys. We talked all season long about being special. These guys were definitely special. The season is not over, but they've been special to me and to the school."
Holmes is averaging 73.5 points per game and is giving up 53.8 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 10 points per game average while Harper gets 8.7 points per game, Williams scores 6.6 points per game and Taylor scores 6.1 points per game. Harper brings in 5.2 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 5.1 rebounds per game. Macon is the leading three-point shooter with a 38.9 percent average with Williams having a 36.3 percent average. Harper gets 2.2 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.
As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 45.6 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from the three-point line and 72.6 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 87.9 percent. Holmes brings in 30.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.3 assists.
Eastern Florida is averaging 82.8 points per game and is giving up 52.6 points per game. Eastern Florida is led by Demetrius McReynolds (6-2, sophomore, guard, Louisville, Ky.), Kyle Meyer (6-10, sophomore, forward/center, Johns Creek, Ga.), Djordje Beronja (6-6, freshman, forward, Novi Grad, Bosnia) and Jermohn Queen (5-8, sophomore, guard, Stuart, Fla.).
McReynolds is averaging 15.4 points per game. Meyer is averaging 15.2 points per game while Beronja is averaging 11.6 points per game and Queen is averaging 11 points per game. Meyer brings in eight rebounds per game and Peyton Hulsey of Memphis, Tenn. has a 7.2 rebound per game average. McReynolds leads in three-point shooting with a 38.9 percent average while Meyer has a 38.8 percent average and Marcus Barham of Melbourne, Fla. has a 39.5 average.
As a team, the Titans are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from the three-point line and 67.6 percent from the free throw line with Daishon Smith shooting free throws at 77.5 percent and McReynolds shooting a 75.6 percent average. Pearl River brings in 46.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 14.1 assists.