Devils out-duel rivals

The ACC Red Devils edged rivals Neosho 81-70 to keep pace in the highly competitive Jayhawk East.



February 3, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Malik Hardmon goes up for a shot against Neosho on Saturday. Photo by Erick Mitchell

An injury-riddled Allen Community College roster shook off its recent struggles, and battled through a back-and-forth affair against rival Neosho, winning 81-70. 

“We are a little different than when we started the year,”  ACC head coach Andy Shaw said. “Canaan (Daniels) and Trez (Hankins) are our two best shooters from the perimeter by far, but we don’t have them right now due to injury. We are just down bodies right now. We started the year with 17 guys and looked like we were going to have an army going across the baseline. Yesterday I was sitting there wondering, ‘where did everybody go?’”

Basketball may be a game of runs, but neither the Red Devils or Panthers could carve a lead early on. Both teams remained deadlocked at 11-11 five minutes through the contest. With Malik Hardmon and Joel Boyce on the bench for ACC due to foul trouble, the Panthers engineered an 8-0 to take a 25-17 lead and force an ACC timeout. 

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