> ECCC Squads Host MCC Tonight
> East Central Community College’s basketball squads return to action tonight by hosting Meridian Community College in key MACJC South Division matchups.
> The women’s contest begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s battle at 7:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.
> The Lady Warriors, who dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-5 in division competition following their 96-83 loss to Jones County Monday night, will be hoping to avenge a 92-65 defeat to the MCC Lady Eagles earlier in the season. The MCC women are 13-3 overall and 5-2 in league play.
> EC’s Warriors will be looking to sweep the season series with the Eagles, after earlier claiming a 71-69 victory.
> The Warriors are 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the division following their 77-75 last-second loss at Jones County Monday night. MCC is 3-12 and also 2-5.
> The ECCC/MCC matchups as well as all home basketball games are audio streamed on the EC website, www.eccc.edu and on the Scott County Broadcasting Network website, www.850AMWQST.com.
> ECCC/JONES COUNTY
> SCORING SUMMARIES
> Tynika Bender led the Lady Warriors with 22 points in their setback with the Lady Bobcats. Bender is a freshman guard from Newton.
> Also scoring were Jaleisha Jones of Wayne County, 20; Bryanna McClendon of Lake, 14; Tanihhija Hughes of Forest, 11; Anna Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, seven; Kimberly Wallace, a product of Ouachita Parish HS in Monroe, La., four; Andreka Harper of Forest, three; and Breona Foster of Neshoba Central, two. Hughes led in rebounds with 10.
> Crystal Clay had 18 points to lead the Lady Bobcats, who improved to 11-5 and 5-2.
> EC led 43-39 at the break.
> In the men’s contest, Jones County’s Bryce Jones drained a 28-foot jumper at the buzzer to claim the victory.
> EC had grabbed a 75-74 lead on Terrance Mujahid’s basket with 3.9 seconds left.
> Jacques Johnson pumped in 24 points and gathered eight rebounds to lead the Warriors. Johnson is a sophomore guard/forward from Jackson Provine.
> Other scorers were Ramone Tate of St. Stanislaus, 14; Mujahid, a Westwood High School product in Memphis, 13; Michael Matlock of Central HS in Memphis, seven; Demarkus Jones of Terry and Quinton Campbell of Mary G. Montgomery HS in Mobile, five each; Kristian Clark of St. Martin, four; and Kiese Kirkland of Yazoo City, two.
> Thaddeus Hall poured in 16 points to the lead the 14th ranked Bobcats, who improved to 15-1 and 7-0.
> EC led 43-30 at halftime.