ELLISVILLE --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs held as much as a nine-point lead in the second half but couldn't hang on as the Pearl River Community College Wildcats stormed back in the final six minutes for a 60-48 win knocking the Bulldogs out the MACJC State Tournament here today at Jones College.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 15-9 overall. Holmes will face East Mississippi in the opening round of the Region XXIII on Wednesday at Mississippi College at 3 p.m. You can watch the game live at holmesccmedia.com/cardinal-channel.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first in the game on a Winford Ross layup to go up 2-0. The Bulldogs then went up 5-2 on a three-pointer from Javion Jordan with 16:29 left in the first half. Ross hit a free throw with 15:30 to increase the lead to four. Czar Perry gave Holmes an 8-5 lead with 12:14 to play in the first half.
The Wildcats took a 10-8 lead on a three-pointer with 11:25 left in the half before Ross tied the game at 10 with 11 minutes left in the half on two free throws. Pearl River took the lead with 10:11 to play and held the lead until 6:53 to play when Josiah Lewis made a free throw tying the game at 16. Holmes went up 17-16 on a free throw from Perry with 6:24 to play in the half before Pearl River retook the lead at 19-17 with 5:55 to play in the half on a three-pointer. Pearl River led the remaining five minutes of the first half and led 26-22 at halftime.
Pearl River led until the 17:27 mark of the second half when Perry hit two free throws tying the game at 28. Kassim Nicholson hit two free throws with 16:58 to play in the game to put Holmes up 30-28. Holmes increased the lead to nine points, 37-28, with 13:18 left when Jordan hit a layup. The lead remained at nine, 39-30, with 12:40 to play when Nicholson nailed a jumper. Another Nicholson bucket with 11:47 kept the lead at nine, 41-32.
The Wildcats tied the game at 43 with 7:34 left in the game. They took a 46-43 lead with 5:59 left in the game on a three-pointer. They increased the lead to as much as 13 in the final minute of the game.