JCJC’s Bobcat Math League teams battle for playoff bids in the final weeks

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-10-20 12:26:55

ELLISVILLE – After a week off from competition in the Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League, most of the 16-teams are in a must-win situation to make it to the post-season. Three of the four division leaders have clinched post-season play and there are only a few opportunities left for some teams to stay alive after the final week of competition. 
 
The biggest shake-up this week was in the Archimedes Division. West Jones and Quitman High Schools will be duking-it-out to be the Archimedes Division leader next week with an automatic invitation to play in the post-season for whichever team can capture the top spot. After Oak Grove dealt a crushing blow to the Mustangs this week outscoring them, 68 to 40, the Mustangs are in a must-win situation in their match-up with the Jaguars of Columbia Academy in the final week of competition. Under different scenarios, both Quitman and West Jones could conceivably earn at least a wild-card slot for post-season play. However, with the Panthers on the prowl, it could be hard for the Perry Central Bulldogs to stop the Quitman Panthers in the BML’s final week. Quitman, the current Archimedes Division leader will have to succumb to the Perry Central Bulldogs for the Mustang’s best chance to make the playoffs without a win next week.
 
In the Pythagoras Division, the Oak Grove Warriors continue as the division leaders with an automatic bid. The Warriors will meet up with Raleigh who is still looking for a spot as a wildcard team in the post-season. Also looking for another chance to compete are the Braves of South Jones.  Quitman’s victory over South Jones, 31 to 19 this week, stunned the young Braves team who had visions of post-season play. The Braves could be in contention for post-season play as a wild-card team if they win their final match against the Sylva Bay Saints. 
 
Sacred Heart currently leads in the Galileo Division and with 306 points the Crusaders have accumulated the most points in the BML. The Crusaders creamed the Laurel Tornadoes, 66 to 23 this week and will have to knock out the Northeast Jones Tigers next week to secure the #1 playoff seed as the Galileo Division leaders. If the Tigers manage to take the win from the Crusaders, they could earn a wildcard ticket to the playoffs.  The Wayne County War Eagles’ melee with the Heidelberg Oilers squashed the hopes of the rising Oilers team with a decisive loss, 42 to 11.  The War Eagles will need to win again next week against the Collins Tigers to ensure play in the post-season.
 
The young Bobcat team at Presbyterian Christian High School has protected their ranking as Gates Division leaders and will continue competing in the playoffs.  PCS out-maneuvered the Northeast Jones Tigers with the Bobcats winning the ‘cat-fight,’ 50 to 35.  The Bobcats face the Laurel Tornadoes in their final match-up next week. It will be tough for the Northeast Jones team to get a win over Sacred Heart next week.  Without the win, Northeast Jones has little chance of making the playoffs.
 
The battle to earn a Most Outstanding Leader individual honor has become very competitive between Oak Grove’s Peter Liang and Sacred Heart’s Ben Dunn with Liang managing to separate himself from the pack.  Liang’s average scoring accuracy of 65 percent earned him first place, with Dunn’s 60 percent placing him in second.  Sacred Heart teammates, Nick Gallardo comes in at third place with 57.50 percent and Cameron Miller’s 53.33 percent earned him sixth place, tying with Erin Choi of Oak Grove. Oak Grove’s Olivia Viguerie and Abigail Weir tied for fourth place with a 55 percent average accuracy rate.
 
BML teams have one last week to be included in the Bobcat Math League Championship playoffs on Wednesday, November 8, at 8 a.m. in the Home and Health Auditorium. Results from the weekly competitions are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page: Bobcat Math League - Facebook. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu

 

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