Johnson County Community College
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

M. Basketball - Cavaliers open season with two tough road losses


M. Basketball - Cavaliers open season with two tough road losses

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The No. 17 ranked Johnson County Community College men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with two hard-fought road losses over the weekend.

In the season opener against Indian Hills Community College, the no. 6 team in the NJCAA D-I preseason poll, freshman guard Devontae Lane nailed a 3-point basket at the buzzer to lift his team to a dramatic 86-84 victory and prevent the Warriors from losing their first home opener in 31 years.

One minute before the buzzer beating trey, Indians Hills sophomore Jamel Allen buried a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a short-lived 83-82 lead, but JCCC freshman Berlin Roberson answered back on the Cavaliers’ next possession to them back on top 84-83.

Roberson had an outstanding collegiate debut for the Cavaliers. He scored Johnson County’s last nine points in the game and finished with a game-high 25 points. He hit 9-of-13 shots, including two 3-pointers, and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line. He also contributed three rebounds and two assists. Those numbers may have even been better but he had to sit out a big portion of the second half after picking up his fourth foul.

Another freshman that was impressive in his debut was six-foot, six-inch forward Xavier Womack. He contributed 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds along with an assist and steal.

Sophomore leader Anthony Lupardus picked up right where he left off last season, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals, and sophomore guard Mat Baldeh nailed three long-range shots and was 2-for-2 at the line to finish with 11 points.

Both teams shot well from the floor. Johnson County hit 50 percent of for the game, while the Warriors were just under at 47.2. However, the Cavaliers were outrebounded 41-to-28 and 16-to-4 on the offensive end.

After nearly pulling off an upset over at top-ranked D-I program, Johnson County again face a highly ranked team in their second game with Kirkwood Community College, the No. 14 team in NJCAA D-II.

This game wasn’t as close as the season opener. Kirkwood built an 11-point advantage of the Cavaliers in the first half, then went on to win by 16 points, 89-73.

Lupardus was the game’s top scorer with 22 points. He shot 50 percent from the field and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line. He also had four boards and three assists.

Six-foot, eight-inch center Malilk Kalimullah-Jackson had a much better performance in his second game than his debut. After hitting just one bucket in the opener, Kalimullah-Jackson went 6-for-8 for 12 points against Kirkwood.

Roberson also finished double figures with 11 points. He hit a pair of 3-pointers and was 5-for-5 the line, giving him 11 consecutive made free throws to start the season.

Womack was the team’s top rebounder with seven boards. He also finished with five points.

The Cavaliers remain on the road for three more games before playing their home opener Tuesday, Nov. 14, against North Central Missouri College. Johnson County travels to Beatrice, Neb., to take on Southeast Community College Tuesday, Nov. 7, then have two games in Quincey, Ill., Nov. 10 and 11 against John Wood Community College and Kankakee Community College.


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