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M. Basketball – Cavaliers win again with only six players

02/17/14

M. Basketball – Cavaliers win again with only six players

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The roster for the Johnson County Community College men’s basketball team has been depleted this year by departure, ineligibility and most recently, injury. 

The Cavaliers lost the services of sophomore forward Preston Oakes in the team’s two-point road win at Kansas City Kansas last Wednesday, and his availability for Saturday’s home game with Hesston College was a game-time decision, but after going through warm ups, he was not able to take the floor. 

With its second leading scorer sitting on the sidelines, JCCC began Saturday’s game against Hesston glaringly shorthanded with only six players suited up. Yet, despite the shortage of available players for coach Mike Jeffers, his team keeps toughing it out.

On Saturday against Hesston College, Johnson County survived – in fact thrived – in their 80-62 win. 

Sophomore guard Pat Jones played all 40 minutes, but never seemed to tire, pouring in 33 points. He hit 9-of-12 shots, including 4-of-6 3-pointers, and was 11-of-15 at the free throw line. 

Three others logged over 35 minutes against the Larks. Freshman Zach Nelson played 38 minutes and finished with nine points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Trevor Myers and freshman Joseph Henry each played 35 minutes.  Meyers accounted for 15 points and six boards, and Henry chipped in four points, three rebounds and four assists. 

Freshmen guard Donnell Bronson and Jack Todd hit the floor for 28 and 24 minutes respectively, and were key contributors as well. Bronson finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals, and Todd had seven points, and hit all four of his free throw attempts down the stretch. 

The Cavaliers past two victories have been a textbook example of determination and teamwork, and now the team is in a position to claim a conference title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region VI D-II Tournament. However, JCCC has a lot work ahead, and will need to duplicate it recent success if they want to be on top of the standings at the end of the regular season. 

The Cavaliers travel to Highland on Wed., Feb. 19, and close out the season with home games Sat., Feb. 22 and Wed., Feb.  26, against Fort Scott and Brown Mackie.  Johnson County is tied with Fort Scott for first in the conference, and tied with Brown Mackie for first in the region, and has a one game edge over Highland and Hesston in the region standings.

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