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M. Basketball – Cavaliers defense key in win over Hesston


M. Basketball – Cavaliers defense key in win over Hesston

Myles HiblerOVERLAND PARK, KS – Myles Hibler established career highs for points with 22 and rebounds with 16 to power Johnson County Community College (8-11) to a 76-54 victory over Hesston College (13-6) at JCCC Gymnasium, Wednesday night. With the victory, JCCC remains in second place in the Region VI D-II playoff standings. 

Seven of Hibler’s 16 rebounds were on the offense end, which led to several easy put backs. He finished 10-of-12 from the field, and 2-of-4 at the line. 

The Cavaliers set the tone from the opening tip with intense and inspired defensive pressure. Johnson County established an early 8-0 lead, and held Hesston scoreless for the first five minutes. The Larks earned their first point with a free throw by William Barnes, and were held without a made field the first 9:37 of the game. Marlon Jones finally broke the seal for Hesston with his first two of his team high 19 points with 10:23 remaining in the half. 

Hesston did mange to pull with five points, 18-13, with four minutes left, but Hibler scored four points in the final minute to give JCCC a nine-point half-time lead.  The first seven minutes of the second half was a repeat of the first half, as JCCC held the Larks to just one field goal and one free throw while building their lead to 21 points with 13:02 to play. 

Hibler was joined in double figures scoring by sophomore Christian Hildebrandt (15 points) and sophomore Tony Jones (12 points). Hildebrandt also blocked a career high four shots, and Jones pulled down nine boards. 

Head coach Mike Jeffers also got a spark off the bench from Quincy Totta, son of JCCC Hall of Fame guard Roman Totta. The freshman guard finished with a season high eight points, going 3-of-4 from the field and perfect 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. 

The Cavaliers hit the road for two East Jayhawk Conference battles at Neosho County (Jan. 26) and Allen (Jan. 30). Their next home game is Saturday, Feb. 2 against Labette for a 4 p.m. meeting.