A strong second half on both ends of the floor helped Cape Fear men's basketball extend its winning streak, defeating Johnson Community College 103 to 75. Alonzo Tyson (6'9''-F) led the Sea Devils with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks, while Alston Davis finished with 19 points, and 16 rebounds. The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead, attacking the hoop aggressively. On the other end, the Sea Devils struggled shooting to start the game, going just 3-12 from the field in the first six minutes. However, two early 3-pointers and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line from Cape Fear kept the score close. Cape Fear began pressing full court to create turnovers. Their teams defense improved midway through the half, but they continued to struggle offensively, and committed sloppy turnovers. A mini-run developed with under 10 minutes remaining to give Cape Fear an eight point lead, but a few bad possessions let Johnson CC back in. Despite poor shooting, Cape Fear maintained the lead by controlling the boards. They outrebounded Johnson CC 18 to 10 in the first half, and held the Jaguars to just two offensive rebounds, while totaling eight on their end. The Sea Devils opened up a 32-23 lead with under four minutes remaining, but the Jaguars responded as the half ended, cutting the score to just one point with 30 seconds remaining. However, a 3-pointer by Jerick Haynes as time expired gave CFCC a 37-33 lead at halftime. While Cape Fear dominated the boards and created a number of second chance scoring opportunities, they committed 16 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 9 points for the Jaguars. Even though Cape Fear improved in the second half, head coach Ryan Mantlo didn't like the way his team started and played in the first half. "I thought we were very lackluster to start the game, we just didn't come out with the energy we needed. I thought defensively we were okay, but just really sloppy with the ball with 16 turnovers in the first half." However, things picked up in the second half, as the Sea Devils opened with an 8-0 run to take a 45-33 lead. Tyson was active down low, scoring six quick points. He got easy scoring chances as Cape Fear's guards attacked the hoop, which forced defenders to help, and opened up Tyson in the paint. Johnson CC managed a small run, but it was short lived, as the Sea Devils picked it up defensively, and knocked down open shots. A 3-pointer by Trae Bryant (6'1''-PG) with about 14 minutes remaining gave the home team an 18 point lead. Cape Fear's focus in the second half was to feed the post. Whether feeding Tyson or DeVarte Watson, the emphasis on the post led to the early second half run. As a result, other areas of their offense opened up. This emphasis is something head coach Ryan Mantlo wants to see more of the rest of the season. "As we continue on this journey we've got to learn how to play through our posts. We've got two very good posts, and the more we can get the ball inside out the better." As Cape Fear's offense improved, their defense picked up as well. The Jaguars scored just 10 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, as the Sea Devils made it difficult for them to run their halfcourt offense. While he felt they could have done better, Mantlo saw improvement on the defensive end. "We're getting there. We allowed 75 points, which is still too much, but I can see progress, and that's the most important thing." Cape Fear controlled the rest of the game, building on their lead. They took better care of the ball, committing only five turnovers in the second half. After a poor shooting first half, they managed to shoot 45.6 percent from the field, and 40.9 percent from the 3-point line. They out rebounded Johnson CC 52 to 26, and outscored them 52 to 46 in the paint. Five players scored in double figures. The Sea Devils improve to 15-2 on the season with the win. Their next game is scheduled for Friday, January 20th, where they will take on Brunswick Community College at home as part "CFCC Corporate Night." Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. Courtesy of: goseadevils.com
Red Raven Season Ends With Loss to Motlow St. 59-78 In NJCAA Tournament - 1 day ago
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The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much o... [read more]
The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much of a comeback. The post game stat page summed up the loss for the Red Ravens. Motlow State made 11 three pointers in the game (11 for 33), and out rebounded the Red Ravens 49-23. Those two combined with the Ravens shooting 14-26 from the free throw line extinquished any hope of a comeback for Coffeyville. Stat leaders for the Red Ravens in the game included sophomore forward Tedrick Wolfe (6'5''-G) (21 points on 10 for 13 shooting and 5 rebounds), freshmen guard Travis Washington (6'0''-PG) (8 points and 9 assists), and freshmen guard Malik Keith (5'10''-PG) (8 points and 5 assists). Highlights for the Red Raven's season included earning a trip to the NJCAA National Tourney, two victories over nationally ranked Hutchinson and an exciting run through the Region VI Tournament to earn the 2017 Region VI Championship. Courtesy of: coffeyville.prestosports.com
MVP: Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX) All-Tournament Team Dare Brazeal (6'5''-F) of North Lake (TX) Edvonte Copeland (5'11''-PG) of Anoka-Ramsey (MN) Homer Denson (C) of Elgin (IL) Josh Harris (F) of North Lake (TX) Kameron Jimenez-Fox (F) of MassBay (MA) Brandon Rothrock (5'11''-PG) of Davidson County (NC) Tyquan Scott (F) of Herkimer (NY) Juwan Stewart(F) of Elgin (IL) [read more]
MVP:Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX)
North Lake upsets its way to DIII championship - 4 days ago
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The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three nati... [read more]
The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three national titles at the non-scholarship level. "It's very humbling, it really is because I've had great kids," McGraw said. "We've had a lot of other teams that didn't even get here and I feel bad for some of those other kids. But these kids had to overcome adversity. They worked hard for this." Like Elgin, North Land had to navigate through the eight-team field with a somewhat limited roster. North Land freshman guard Deanthony Owens (F), part of team's all-Texas squad, was coming off an injury and was not at full strength. "He's still only about 80 percent," McGraw said. With Owens limited, 6-foot freshman guard Ayo Dada (G) stepped up. He scored 16 points and made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the title game to lead the Blazers. Dada was named the MVP of the tournament. "It feels great, we worked hard," Dada said. "This was our goal all season." North Lake entered the tournament not only as the No. 5 seed, but it had a modest 19-11 record. McGraw that was in part due to playing 11 scholarship teams during the season. The Blazers also play in the tough six-team Metro Athletic League, will all squads located in the Dallas area. "That's probably why we had so much confidence because of all the scholarship schools we played," McGraw said. McGraw has coached at North Land for 20 seasons. This is his fifth time taking the Blazers to the national tournament and he also won championships in 2006 and 2008. McGraw took advantage some of his former players for motivation heading into this year's three-day event. "We had guys from the previous championships come in and talk to the team last week," he said. "Those guys talked about what it took." The current players took the advise and rattled off three straight wins, topping No. 1 Anoka-Ramsey from Minnesota in the process, to win the title and finish 22-11. "I know he's happy," Dada said of McGraw winning another title. "He deserves it big-time; he's a great coach." As for the game, North Lake played a tough hybrid man-to-man/zone defense that gave Elgin (31-6) fits. Elgin shot just 29 percent from the floor and had a seven-minute scoring drought at one point in the second half. "We don't see a lot of zone where we're from," said Elgin coach Reed Nosbisch of his Illinois-based team. "That caused a lot of problems." North Land went on a 14-0 run in that span to open up a 52-29 lead. Elgin made a run and got within nine and then missed a 3-pointer with 3:00 left. It got within eight with 28 seconds left before the Blazers got the game's final bucket. "We just couldn't shoot the ball," Nosbisch said. ".... I thought we just couldn't get things going." Elgin was also without leading scorer Chris Benjamin (G), who was hurt in a game prior to the tournament and didn't play on the national stage. This was the first time the Division III NJCAA men's tournament was held in Rochester. The city has hosted the women's tournament in the past. Next year the men's event moves back to New York, and then it will return to Rochester in 2019 before going up for bid again. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com
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