PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast forward Davion Cole-Johnson heads into Thursday's showdown with archrival Pearl River with a big honor in his back pocket.
The Bulldogs sophomore was named NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 30.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in a pair of victories last week.
"I didn't think I'd get that," Cole-Johnson said. "I've been working hard. That's real big."
In his last four games, Cole-Johnson is averaging 30.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
"That's a great accomplishment for Davion," Bulldogs coach Wendell Weathers said. "He works hard every day, and he tries very hard to do what we want him to do. It's a great accolade for our team and our program. I'm terrifically happy for him and for us.
Gulf Coast (12-2, 4-1 MACJC South) will face a tall challenge at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pearl River (10-4, 2-3) brings in four players 6-foot-7 or taller, including 6-10 sophomore Branden Sheppard. He's averaging 9.1 points per game.
"We're just going to run it straight at them," Weathers said. "If they step out, we're going to try to get into them and get to the foul line. That's what we do."
The Bulldogs are coming off their first MACJC South loss, but are anything but disappointed with the effort they showed at No. 9 Jones County. The Bobcats won 111-102, but shot the lights out from long range to do so.
"Coming off a loss, I'm just looking for a real big game," Cole-Johnson said. "We want to go in strong and get this done."
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