Clinton, MS- The regional finals are set. The women's game features the #1 Jones College Bobcats meeting the Coahoma Tigers. Holmes and Northeast face off on the men's side.
No. 1 Jones is 19-0, they are MACCC south division champions, and are winners of 22 straight games. Their No. 1 ranking is the first in program history. Guard Daisha Bradford led the Bobcats with 25 points and Jakayla Johnson poured in 22 in the Bobcats semi-finals victory over LSU Eunice 100-74 on Wednesday.
Coahoma boasts a 15-2 mark. The Tigers advanced to the region title game with a 70-51 win over East MS. They are the MACCC north division regular season co-champions and will play in their first region championship game in school history. Coahoma is led by guard Jurnee McLaurin. She is averaging 19.2 points per game. McLaurin is also third in the league from 3-point range hitting 38.7%. Guard Mary Wilkins is fourth in the conference knocking down 36.2% of her 3-point field goal attempts. Coahoma has won 14 straight games.
Tipoff is at 5pm. The winner earns the automatic bid to the NJCAA national tournament in Lubbock TX.
The men's regional championship game features Holmes against Northeast
Holmes (14-3) was victorious over No. 11 Pearl River 61-58. The Bulldogs shot 41.2 percent from the floor, 40 percent from the three-point line and a whopping 91.7 percent from the free throw line. "We just need to play Bulldog basketball," says Holmes Head men's basketball coach Jason Flanigan. Kaleb Higgins scored 26 points in the win including three three-point field goals. Higgins also was 9-9 from the free throw line and hauled in six rebounds. Holmes is on a seven game win streak.
Northeast (15-3) earned the trip to the regional finals by holding off Hinds 78-68. "The run has been great but we need to finish. This has been a great group of guys to be around every day. It's been a pleasure," said Northeast MS men's Head basketball coach Cord Wright. Northeast has won four straight games.
Both teams split their season series against each other. Tonight's matchup has all the indicators of a classic.
Game time is slated for 7:30 pm with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, KS.