Red Devils fall in national tourney opener

Lakeland took control early and never looked back in handing Allen Community College an 82-61 setback in the NJCAA-Division II National Tournament. Allen must win in consolation play Wednesday or go home.

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March 15, 2022 - 10:25 PM

Allen Community College’s Ahmed Mahgoub (30) scrambles for the ball with Lakeland’s Noah Berry (24) in the Red Devils’ 82-61 defeat to open the NJCAA-Division II National Tournament Tuesday. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

DANVILLE, Ill. — Allen Community College has some work to do if it wants to stick around in its first-ever trip to the NJCAA-Division II National Basketball Tournament.

The Red Devils were greeted rather rudely Tuesday by the Lakeland (Ohio) Lakers, who blitzed their way to an early 12-0 run and never looked back in an 82-61 victory.

The loss means Allen (27-6) can finish no higher than seventh in the 16-team tournament. Allen will play Florida Gateway at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Danville’s Mary Miller Gymnasium.

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