The Allen County men ended a 10-game losing streak on Saturday when they squeaked out a 79-78 win over Dodge City.
The Red Devils’ win earned a regular-season sweep over the Conquistadors and moved their record to 7-20 and 5-18 in Jayhawk Conference play.
Neither team led by more than six throughout the duration and at halftime, the Red Devils found themselves down four. Allen County responded fairly quickly out of the break and tied it up and took the lead before Dodge came and took it from them once again. There were 22 lead changes in the game.
The Red Devils led by five with 3:21 to play but the Conquistadors tied it up with a little over a minute left to play.
On the next possession, sophomore Tyler Williams knocked home a three to put the Red Devils up. Dodge answered right back and cut the Red Devil lead to just one.
With 35 seconds to play, the Conquistadors decided not to foul trailing 79-78 and the Red Devils had a wide-open three that rattled out. The Conquistadors lobbed the rebound down the court but freshman Jacobia who had just missed the three, intercepted the pass and ended the game.
Williams and sophomore Jacob Patterson were in control, scoring 28 and 27 points each. Ahmad Winston had 10 off the bench.
The Lady Devils also got in a close one but didn’t come out on top, falling 61-52.
The loss is Allen County’s seventh in a row. They fall to 6-21 overall and are 4-19 in league play.
Sophomore Kamri Summons had a triple-double recording 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in the game.
The Lady Conqs led by nine at the half but the Lady Devils’ second-half press got them back in the game.
Allen County led 45-44 with just over five minutes to play. The lead changed eight times in the final minutes. The Lady Devils got down several possessions and had to turn to fouling. Dodge City did not miss any free throws down the stretch.
Both teams will return home on Wednesday to take on Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons men and women are ranked 14th and 23rd respectively. Both Red Devil teams lost by double-digits in their first meeting on Jan. 6.
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