Jones men advance in national tourney

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Jones County Junior College’s men’s basketball team took a big step toward a coveted national championship by defeating Caldwell (N.C.) Tech 106-78 Monday afternoon in the national tournament at Hutchinson, Kan.

The Bobcats, already state and regional champions, moved to 29-1 on the season. They will play Northwest Florida Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the second round. Caldwell Tech finished 24-9.

Jones won the 2014 national championship. Northwest Florida, Tuesday’s foe, won the 2015 national title.