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

M. Basketball - Baldeh's buzzer-beater saves Johnson County


M. Basketball - Baldeh's buzzer-beater saves Johnson County

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Mat Baldeh hit a layup with 0.4 seconds left and the Johnson County Community College men’s basketball team managed to escape with a 72-70 win over Highland Community College at Ben Allen Field House in Highland, Kan., Saturday afternoon. The win extended JCCC’s win streak to a season-best six straight games.

It was sweet redemption for Baldeh after committing a turnover that led to a game-tying bucket with just under 10 seconds left, erasing a Cavaliers nine-point lead with just two minutes left to play.

Baldeh, who finished with a game-high 18 points, also hit a buzzer-beating 3-point basket to end the first half to give Johnson County a one-point advantage, 31-30. He finished 4-of-7 from the field with a one 3-pointers, and was 9-of-10 at the line. He also had three rebounds and three assists.

Anthony Lupardus, last week’s NJCAA Player of the Week, turned in another solid effort, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. 

Freshman forward Xavier Womack followed with a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards, and freshmen Berlin Roberson and General Williams each contributed 10 points.

The Cavaliers continue conference and region play this Wednesday, when they travel to Parsons, Kan., to take on Labette Community College. The return home Saturday, Feb. 3 to host Fort Scott Community College.

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