|East Mississippi basketball teams set to begin NJCAA Region 23 Tournament play in Clinton|
With men’s play beginning Monday followed by first-round women’s action on Tuesday, this week’s regional basketball tournament will be held at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.SCOOBA – With both squads having enjoyed recent regional hoops success, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams are set to begin competition at this week’s NJCAA Region 23 Basketball Tournament in Clinton.
Seeded first in the men’s tournament with the best regular-season record against regional competition, head coach Mark White’s 21-4 EMCC Lions are the reigning Region 23 champions and two-time defending regular-season champions of the MACJC’s North Division. Having defeated Itawamba in the regional title game a season ago, the seventh-ranked Lions will open this year’s tournament by taking on East Central Community College for the fourth time this season Monday at 2 p.m.
EMCC has knocked off the eighth-seeded Warriors all three previous times this season, including an 81-64 win over East Central during last week’s opening round of the MACJC State Tournament at Copiah-Lincoln. The Lions also swept ECCC during the regular season, winning convincingly, 90-57, in Decatur and squeaking by, 81-77, in Scooba within a two-week span back in November.
Monday’s first-round men’s action tips off with No. 4 seed and state runner-up Pearl River against fifth-seeded Northeast Mississippi at noon. The night session features No. 2 seed and state champion Mississippi Gulf Coast versus seventh-seeded Itawamba at 6 p.m., followed by third-seeded Southern-Shreveport (La.) of the Miss-Lou Conference against No. 6 seed Jones County at 8 p.m.
Two years removed from claiming the 2009 NJCAA Region 23 women’s title in Clinton, head coach Sharon Thompson’s 14-9 EMCC Lady Lions open this year’s regional tournament by meeting state tournament runner-up Jones County Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The EMCC women knocked off the then-state champion JCJC Lady Bobcats, 71-56, in first-round action of last year’s NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. Tuesday’s EMCC-JCJC women’s regional contest will be televised live on www.jcjc.tv.
Jones County, state champions in 2009 and 2010, swept the Lady Lions during this year’s regular season, opening the 2010-11 campaign with an 85-73 victory in Ellisville and holding on for a 72-71 triumph four weeks later in Scooba despite a valiant EMCC comeback attempt.
Tuesday’s opening-day women’s action begins with an Itawamba-Baton Rouge matchup at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. contest pitting state champion and defending Region 23 champion Copiah-Lincoln with Holmes. Tuesday’s nightcap will feature Mississippi Gulf Coast and Meridian in an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Men’s semifinal-round play will be contested Wednesday afternoon at noon and 2 p.m., with the women’s semis set for the night session at 6 and 8 p.m. With the respective regional tournament winners advancing to next month’s (March 15-19) NJCAA National Tournament in Kansas, Thursday’s MC-hosted regional championship games will be played at 6 p.m. (women’s) and 8 p.m. (men’s) in Clinton.
Fans will be able to get final men’s and women’s results from the 2011 NJCAA Region 23 Basketball Tournament throughout the week at www.jucoweekly.com.
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 February 2011 )|
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