Ellisville, MS – Only seven of the 26 math teams in the Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League can boast they are still undefeated this week. The Sacred Heart Crusaders were this week’s victims in the attack of the Stringer Red Devils. The Einstein and Euclid division leaders met on the JCJC campus with Stringer dominating in the second half of the buzzer round. Stringer’s Key’Shawn Kennedy and Jackson Dale took turns answering for the Red Devils, consistently beating Sacred Heart to the buzzer for most of the match. Stringer beat Sacred Heart, 89 to 61. Sacred Heart’s Matthew Gallardo earned individual points scoring with 96.7 percent accuracy and landing second in the Most Outstanding Player top-five list.
Stringer’s Jackson Dale and Oak Grove’s Ruby Liang are in third place on the MOP Leaders board with Oak Grove’s Allen Huang managing to keep his top spot for the third week of the season, with a perfect score.
All five divisions’ standings remain the same this week with only Heidelberg and Wayne Academy switching places. Einstein Division’s Wayne County War Eagles barely managed to fend off the Mustangs of West Jones for the close win, 46-44. Wayne Academy held on to beat Heidelberg High School, 31-23 and moved off the bottom spot in the division.
Continuing in the Euclid Division, Lawrence County remains in second place with its crushing blow against Laurel to win, 63 to 23. Seminary’s Bulldogs outlasted the Bulldogs of Bay Springs with a 10-point win, 21 to 11.
Fibonacci Division continues to be led by the Warriors of Oak Grove with its 366 cumulative points and another definitive win. Oak Grove led Perry Central’s Bulldogs to an embarrassing103-point loss. Oak Gove racked up 117 points to Perry Central’s 14. Greene County, Richton, Heidelberg Academy and Sylva Bay Academy all ended up in ties, with each receiving a half-point credit win and points earned in the respective matches. Greene County and Richton netted 26-points each this week while Heidelberg Academy and Sylva Bay Academy only managed to score 18-points in the match.
Leading the Pythagoras Division are the Northeast Jones Tigers with another big win. Mt. Olive was only able to scrape up 14-points against the fierce Northeast Jones team’s 93-points. The Columbia Academy Cougars proved to be the better “cat” in the fight against the Collins Tigers. The Cougars trounced on the Tigers, 51 to 16.
Newton Division leaders, the Presbyterian Christian High School Bobcats continue as second overall in the League with 319 points, with Stringer on their heels scoring 296 cumulative points. In this weeks’ match-up, the Bobcats slashed the Raleigh Lions’ hopes of a win with a 111 to 26 victory. South Jones suffered a loss on the Reservation against Taylorsville with the Tartar’s 61-points to the Brave’s 39. Clarke County rivals, Enterprise and Quitman duked-it out with the Enterprise Bulldogs on top. The Quitman Panthers lost the match with Enterprise, 18 to 34.
In week four of the BML competition, Sacred Heart will have to fight off Wayne County to keep its hopes for a chance at the championships. Stringer faces a hungry Lawrence County team who are anxious to be division leaders. Presbyterian Christian will also face a rising second place team, Taylorsville who are hungry for the first place spot in its division, while Oak Grove will face Columbia Academy, who is also capable of knocking off the leaders.
Results will be posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League web page under “Weekly Results/Standings” at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at email@example.com.
Photos and story written by: Teresa McCreery, JCJC Media-Public Relations Director