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M.Basketball – Cavaliers nearly upset No. 4 Hutchinson

11/13/13

M.Basketball – Cavaliers nearly upset No. 4 Hutchinson

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The last time a Hutchinson Community College team stepped into the gymnasium on the campus of Johnson County Community College, the Cavaliers walked off the floor with a narrow two-point win.  That was in December of 1982. Thirty-one years later, the No. 4 ranked Blue Dragons made their second appearance on Tuesday night, and it appeared Johnson County would prevail with a three-point victory. 

That was until the Blue Dragons All-American guard Kadeem Allen nailed Hutchinson’s only trey of the night with four second on left in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Hutchinson took advantage of three costly JCCC turnovers early in the extra period, and escaped with an 87-81 win. 

Allen led all scorers with a career-high 35 points, but JCCC sophomore guard Pat Jones nearly matched him point-for-point, posting his career effort with 33 points. He hit 10 field goals, including three 3-pointers, and was 10-of-11 at the line. 

The Cavaliers trailed by 10 points in the first half, and eight in the second, but managed to rally in both halves.  JCCC took a 3-point lead at 74-71 after two Jones’ free throws with 12 seconds remaining in the game. 

Allen took the inbounds pass and dribbled up the sideline, crossed mid court, and nailed the game-tying trey.  The Dragons outscored Johnson County 13-7 in overtime. 

In addition to Jones big night, head coach Mike Jeffers saw several of his young freshman step up and produce against an extremely talented opponent. Guard Arvaughn Baker produced 11 points and two steals, and forward BiQuavious Sturgis added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting.  

The Cavaliers host another West Jayhawk power in Butler Community College on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m., followed by Ottawa University JV on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.