By Kevin Maloney
The 2014 MACJC Basketball Tournament started on Feb.24 at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College. The tournament runs Feb. 24-27.
Both Ranger basketball teams have qualified for the state tournament, with the men opening play at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 against Gulf Coast and the women playing on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. against JCJC.
Monday’s game will offer live stats here: www.sidearmstats.com/northwestms/mbball.
The Ranger men come into the postseason with a 12-9 overall record and will face the 18-5 Bulldogs. Northwest is led by three of four starters in double figures, including De’Sean Dockery who is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game.
Northwest has one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 86.0 ppg, but also allows 84.8 ppg. The Rangers shoot 43 percent from the floor against 48 percent shooting for their opponents.
The Ranger women are 12-8 overall on the year and will face the top-seeded Jones County Lady Bobcats, who won a three-way tiebreaker to take the No. 1 seed in the south.
Northwest is averaging 72.3 ppg, led by sophomore forward Carshava Sutton who has been a wrecking ball the past seven games since the injury to Tekevanna Young. Sutton is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game and has posted double-doubles in six of the last seven, including a monster 33-point, 15-rebound effort vs Itawamba back on Feb. 6.
It’s no secret that the Lady Rangers like to run the floor. They have forced opposing teams into 515 turnovers that have led to easy transition points on the other end.
Jones County (16-7) is ninth in the NJCAA in FG percentage at 46.8 and is averaging 75.3 points per game.
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