CLINTON --- The 2018 Region XXIII Tournament Championship will feature two 23-4 teams with the Holmes Community College Bulldogs facing the Pearl River Community College Wildcats tomorrow night in Clinton.
The Bulldogs picked up a 89-74 win over the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves in the tournament semi-finals this afternoon. Pearl River knocked off Northeast in the second semi-final, 86-79.
Pearl River defeated Holmes in the MACJC semi-finals last week at Northwest. You can listen to the game at holmesccmedia.com or listen at breezynews.com.
Mikkel Norment hit a two-point bucket and added a free throw to put Holmes up 14-8 with 12 minutes to play in the first half. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 11 points at 30-19 after Javon Franklin got one of his eight slam dunks in the game with 6:30 left in the half. Justin Johnson scored with 4:15 left in the first half to put Holmes up by 13, 35-22. The Bulldogs led 39-29 at halftime.
Southwest got the game closer in the second half at 41-38 with 17:33 left in the second half.
Trevais Spencer hit a three-pointer with 15:15 left in the second half to put Holmes back up by 10, 50-40. Holmes increased the lead to 60-46 with 10:59 left when Johnson hit a turnaround jumper from just in front of the basket. The lead was 15 at 68-53 with 7:45 left.
Norment hit another two-point bucket and a free throw to put Holmes up 75-60 with 5:30 left to play. Kassim Nicholson scored with 3:57 left in the game to put Holmes up by 15, 80-65. Holmes biggest lead came in the second half at 85-65.
Johnson led the Bulldogs with 20 points while Franklin had 16, Spencer 15, Norment and Nicholson each with 13 and Williams had 10. Franlin finished with 11 rebounds.
The Bulldogs shot 53.4 percent from the floor (31-of-58), 42.9 percent from the three-point line (6-of-14) and 72.4 percent fron the free-throw line (21-of-29).