Allen County Community College’s Red Devils regained their composure and owned the final seven minutes of Monday’s home Jayhawk Eastern Division game for an 80-71 win.
Johnson County Community College’s Cavaliers were in the midst of a comeback. Kyle Speed had hit two threes and a drive down the lane to make it a five-point game.
The Cavaliers stole the ball and Haydon Parks delivered a dunk. He was fouled on the play as emotions boiled over on the court
When all was said and done, Speed hit four of six free throws on three technical fouls levied against Allen County. Four technicals were called on ACCC — two on Anthony Clagett, who was ejected, one on Greg Hayes and one on the ACCC bench when a fan came on the court during the disturbance.
Johnson County’s David Luster, who came into the game averaging 22 points a game, was given a technical also. One of the ACCC technicals and Johnson County’s offset so no free throws were shot by Allen County.
Parks finished by missing his possible three-point play but the Cavaliers gained a 62-61 lead with 8:06 left.
“I thought our guys settled down and played very well in the final eight minutes,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC head coach.
“We didn’t have a good first possession after that but our defense was so good over that span.”
Dennis Rumph nailed a three-pointer with 7:10 on the clock putting ACCC back in front, 64-62. The Red Devils went on a 7-0 run.
Rumph blocked three Cavalier shots down the stretch and all three went to an Allen County teammate. They came after Johnson County pulled to within 69-66.
Allen County outscored Johnson County 19-9 in that last eight minutes to secure a sweep of the two-game series. The Red Devils improved to 6-3 in Jayhawk East play and 11-9 overall. Johnson County dropped to 1-9, 10-12.
The Red Devils host Cowley County (9-2, 15-8) Wednesday. They didn’t play at Independence Saturday; it was postponed by Independence until Feb. 8.
“Our energy and defensive intensity after all the technicals was tremendous,” Hayes said. “Dennis did the things we know he can do. We challenged the kids that we had to have defensive stops.”
Allen County fell behind 8-2 early then built a 15-8 lead. Keevis Tukes and Erik Law had three straight threes. Tukes hit six treys on the night while he scored 19 points.
Rumph added 14 points and 10 rebounds. A steady force inside was Andra Bailey with 10 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. Law scored 10 points.
Clagett handed out eight assists and Aaron Jackson had five assists.
The Red Devils shot 54 percent, 29 of 54, from the field to the Cavalier’ 37 percent, 28 of 68. Allen County cashed in 12 of 23 free throw attempts and Johnson County had 8 of 13.
Speed finished with 25 points, which included five threes. Ronnie Boggs and Parks each had 12 points.
Allen County trailed 18-16 when Bailey, Cole, Rumph and Clagett had consecutive baskets. The Red Devils were up 42-34 at halftime which was trimmed to 42-40 by the 16:58 mark of the second hal.
Rumph scored then had a three-point play with 15:59 left. Tukes hit a three followed by four points from Cole. Allen County was up 61-48 with 9:24 remaining before the JCCC charge.
The Red Devils got the win but will be without Clagett on Wednesday. By conference rule, Clagett has to sit out one game for being charged with two technicals in one game.
Allen County (42-38—80) (FG/3-pt): Jackson 1/1-1-06, Rumph 4/1-3-2-14, Tukes 0/6-1-1-19, Clagett 2/1-1-4-8, Cole 3-2-3-8, Hayes 0-0-2-0, Law 3/1-1-0-10, Bailey 4-2-0-10, 2-1-1-5. TOTALS: 19/10-12-13-80.
Johnson County (34-37—71) (FG/3-pt): Luster 4-0-2-8, Boggs 6-0-5-12, Speed 3/5-4-2-25, Magdziarz 2/1-0-3-7, Payton 2/1-0-2-7, Parks 4-4-4-12. TOTALS: 21/7-8-18-71.
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