By Camal Petro
HATTIESBURG – When Presbyterian Christian and Jackson Academy met on the hardwood earlier this month, PCS coach Josh Dorman said it was one of his team’s poorest efforts of the season.
On Friday night, however, his Bobcats got revenge in tune of a 43-32 conference win over the Raiders. PCS is now 16-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
The last game between these teams was so bad for PCS, Dorman memorized his team’s shooting percentages. In that meeting on Jan. 8, PCS shot 32 percent from the field, 15 percent from the 3-point line and 38 percent from the free throw line, according to Dorman.
“I think tonight, the biggest key was we came out with defensive intensity,” Dorman said. “It was going to be a personal thing for us. The guys did a great job.”
The Bobcats started the game with four quick points from 6-foot-6 center Jeremiah Montgomery to open up a 6-2 lead, but Jackson Academy battled back to take a 13-9 lead early in the second quarter. PCS, though, woke up and began a dominating 16-0 run that lasted until the early portion of the third quarter.
“I think we found another gear defensively,” Dorman said. “We got in the open floor a little bit, we got some easy baskets and our pressure turned them over a little bit. When you combine those things, we can be explosive at times.”
During the run, PCS had four players score points, but what was remarkable was each player had back-to-back baskets before another player score to help continue the run. First, it was Senior Jakari Love, then senior Markevion Harrell had a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer, Montgomery added a free throw and a put-back layup, and junior TJ Hogan scored six straight points to close out the first half.