PERKINSTON — The first time Mississippi Gulf Coast faced Jones County, it was a night of eye-popping shooting stats in Ellisville.
The Bulldogs get the No. 9 Bobcats at the Weathers/Wentzell Center on Thursday, and it will be interesting to see if the fireworks continue. JCJC won the meeting there last month 111-102.
"The kids knew it was a big game," Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. "They knew Jones was nationally ranked, and they still are. I think they played with a determination we've got to play with."
The game here is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. It will be streamed online at https://livestream.com/BulldogLIVE/JCJCvsMGCCCBasketball17.
Gulf Coast (16-4, 8-3 MACJC South) is two games behind Jones (19-1, 10-1), tied for second with Southwest. The Bulldogs need one more win to clinch a spot in the state playoffs, and they are looking to extend their perfect 10-0 mark at home.
In the first meeting, Gulf Coast shot 51.5 percent from the field, and exactly 50 percent from the 3-point line. Jones shot 63.6 percent overall, and 63.0 percent from long range.
The teams also combined to make 48 of 61 free-throw attempts. That's 78.7 percent.
Weathers would rather see the game played in the 80s instead of the 100s.
"They shot the ball really, really well," Weathers said. "Hopefully, they won't do that again. If we can duplicate something close, here at home I think we'll have a good chance."
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