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M. Basketball – Cavaliers defense helps lead to a big win

01/24/14

M. Basketball – Cavaliers defense helps lead to a big win

Pat JonesOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County sophomores Pat Jones and Preston Oakes combined for 41 points, and the Cavaliers defense held cross-town rival Kansas City Kansas to 27 percent shooting Wednesday night, leading JCCC to a 59-49 home victory. 

The victory snapped a five-game skid by the Cavaliers, but more importantly, it gave JCCC a 1-0 start in Region VI play. 

“It was an incredible defensive game,” said JCCC head coach Mike Jeffers. “Neither team ever found a rhythm. We had just enough spurts to get it done.” 

Johnson County took a 1-0 lead before the opening tip, when the Blue Devils Marcus Allen was issued a technical for jamming in pregame warm up in view of the referees.  Jones made the first of the two technical free throws, and the Cavaliers never trailed the remaining 40 minutes of action. 

The Cavaliers built an eight-point lead with 11:10 left in the first half, but the Blue Devils pulled to within one with just over seven minutes left after back-to-back 3-pointers by Collin Abney and Willis Garner. 

Sophomore Trevor Myers stopped KCK’s run a few seconds later with his only trey of the game, and later, Jones knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, and JCCC was up 10 with 1:20 in the half. 

In the second half, the Blue Devils could only pull as close as four points, and the final nine minutes, Johnson County was in total control.  

“These guys have never quit,” Jeffers said. “Regardless of the score, I think you will see them play hard until the end.” 

Jones hit 6-of-15 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and was 8-of-11 at the line. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Oakes was 6-of-15 shooting with a trey, and 5-of-6 at the line, with eight rebounds. 

The Cavaliers also got sold production from Zach Nelson (4 points, 8 rebounds), Donnell Bronson (4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Myers (5 points, 4 rebounds. 

“Even on nights when Pat and Preston do not play to their normal level, they still produce,” said Jeffers. “We got solid production from Zach, Donnnell and Trevor, but if we are going to have a shot in the postseason, we really need to find a third scoring option.” 

Jeffers team will begin that search on Saturday, when the Cavaliers travel to play Hesston College. Johnson County returns home to Wednesday, Jan. 29, to host Highland Community College.

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