POPLARVILLE, Miss. — For the third time this season Pearl River's Brandon Rachal (Natchitoches, La.; Natchitoches Central) has been named the MACJC's top player.
The league announced Tuesday that Rachal earned the final MACJC Player of the Week honor for the 2018-19 season.
The award comes on the heels of Pearl River's historic Region XXIII Tournament victory. In three victories over Northeast, Jones College and Holmes, Rachal averaged 20.3 points with 8.3 rebounds. After scoring 12 against the Tigers in a blowout first-round victory, Rachal stepped up his game in closer matches, scoring 25 points in a 63-61 win over JC in the semifinals and 24 in the 57-52 title victory over Holmes. Rachal also added five assists, nine steals and one block while joining teammate Cedric Brim Jr. (Tupelo; Shannon) on the All-Region XXIII Tournament Team.
Ever since transferring from LSU, Rachal has been one of the leaders on Pearl River's NJCAA Tournament-bound team. In 28 games, Rachal averaged team-highs 15.7 ppg and 8.9 rebounds per game. He also averaged 2.8 steals.
Now, the Wildcats (25-3 overall) will turn their attention to the NJCAA Tournament, where they'll face Williston State out of North Dakota at noon on March 19 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Tetons (22-10) also earned an automatic bid to the 24-team tournament by winning the Region XIII Tournament.