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M. Basketball – Short-handed Cavaliers prevail at KCKCC

02/14/14

M. Basketball – Short-handed Cavaliers prevail at KCKCC

Pat JonesOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With only six healthy bodies in the second half, Johnson County Community College managed to somehow pull out a two-point road victory over Kansas City Kansas Community College, Wednesday night, 63-61. 

The Cavaliers led by three at the break, but at a significant cost. Sophomore forward Preston Oakes, the team’s second leading scorer and top rebounder, went down with a severe ankle sprain, leaving head coach Mike Jeffers with five court players and one reserve the rest of the way. 

But Jeffers squad stepped up in the second half, and led by 12 points at midway point. However, turnovers down the stretch helped the Blue Devils edge back into the contest, and eventually a shot a game-tying or game-winning bucket in the final seconds.  Anthony Ridley’s shot was off the mark, and Johnson County left KCKCC Field House in tie for first in the East Jayhawk Conference D-II standings with Fort Scott, at 3-1. 

Sophomore guard Pat Jones, the Cavaliers leading scorer this season, poured in 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, and the team shot an impressive 59 percent from the floor.  JCCC was also 15-of-23 at the line in the half, and 19-of-29 overall. 

Freshman Donnell Bronson had an impressive effort as well, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Trevor Myers and freshman Jack Todd each poured in eight points. Freshman Zach Nelson hit one basket but led the team with nine rebounds, eight on the defensive end, and freshman Joe Young finished with four points and five boards.  Oakes scored five points before suffering his injury. 

Johnson County will host Hesston College, Saturday at 4 p.m. The Larks enter the game coming off a big upset victory over a Brown Mackie team that received votes in last week’s NJCAA Coaches Poll.

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