POPLARVILLE -- The Pearl River Community College found the road difficult Thursday night as both of its basketball teams went down to defeat at the hands of East Central in a South Division doubleheader at Decatur.
The Lady Wildcats fell behind 30-10 after the first quarter and never recovered in a 61-47 loss, and the PRCC men faded down the stretch in an 80-72 defeat.
The Wildcats (10-5 overall, 4-2 division) were done in by a hot-shooting Warrior team that converted 18 of 30 shots (60 percent) from the field in the second half. PRCC did its best to keep up, hitting 15 of 29 shots (51.7 percent) in the second 20 minutes, but it wasn't enough.
Pearl River led 29-28 at halftime, and the game was tied 47-47 midway through the second half, but the Warriors surged ahead over a three-minute stretch and held off the Wildcats' comeback attempt.
William Brown had 17 points - 14 in the second half - to pace Pearl River. Darryln Willis and Dontellius Ross each had 16 points for the Wildcats. Ravion Henry scored 23 points, all of them in the second half, to lead East Central (9-6, 4-2).
PRCC's women never led against the Lady Warriors, who pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the division.
Shaniqua Magee was the bright spot for the Lady Wildcats, with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Jada Ivy added 7 points off the bench for Pearl River (5-9, 2-4). Alexia McDonald had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead East Central (13-2, 5-1).
PRCC will complete its first swing through the South Division on Monday with a pair of games at Meridian, then return home next Thursday to battle Southwest.