Jan 12, 2020 12:38 PM

🏀Blue Dragons fall in final minute at Cowley

Posted Jan 12, 2020 12:38 PM

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

ARKANSAS CITY – Freshman Majok Kuath had another huge game, but the Hutchinson Community College Men's Basketball Team came up just short against the Cowley Tigers in an NJCAA Top 20 matchup on Saturday at Scott Auditorium.

Leading by one point after a Kuath three-point play with 30.8 seconds to play, Cowley answered with a Shemarri Allen layup with 14.8 seconds to go to regain a one-point lead. The No. 12-ranked Blue Dragons weren't able to answer that challenge and fell to the No. 20 Tigers 84-83.

Hutchinson drops to 13-3 overall and 4-3 in the Jayhawk West. Cowley is now 15-3, 7-1 in the Jayhawk East. Hutchinson turns around and plays at home at 7:30 p.m. on Monday to take on Northwest Kansas Tech in the opening game of Jayhawk West play.

Kuath posted his second double-double of the season with career highs of 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Dragons. Kuath is the first Blue Dragon to score 30 points in a game since James Rojas against Coffeyville in the 2019 Region VI Tournament semifinals.

Kuath had a huge second half, scoring 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting and going 7 of 7 from the free throw line and grabbing 10 rebounds in the final 20 minutes. For different times in the final 8 minutes of the game, Kuath scored to either give the lead or tie the game.

Trailing 82-80, Kuath took a lob from Tyler Brown on an inbound play to score and he was fouled. With 30.8 seconds left to play. Kuath's free throw gave Hutchinson an 83-82 lead.

Cowley regained the lead on Allen's layup with 14.8 seconds left. The Blue Dragons came up empty on its final possession.

The Blue Dragons shot 52.4 percent for the game (33 of 63) and out-rebounded the Tigers 44-33. The Blue Dragons also held the second-highest scoring team in the NJCAA 26 points under its 110-point scoring average and limited Cowley to 44.4 percent (32 of 72). Hutchinson hit only 3 of 13 3-pointers and 14 of 24 from the foul line. Hutchinson also committed 26 turnovers.

The Tigers had nine 3-pointers and were 11 of 13 from the free-throw line with 21 turnovers.

Saquan Singleton finished with 17 points on 8 of 14 shooting with six rebounds and five assists for Hutchinson. Josh Baker hit three 3-pointers to close with 13 points. Tyler Brown was next with eight points, adding five assists and a career-high five steals.

Dalen Ridgnal posted a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Allen finished with 13 points, while Mike'l Henderson and Cevin Clark had 10 points each.

The Blue Dragons got off to a great start, leading 11-7 after a Kuath three-point play with 17:00 to play in the first half. Another dunk by Kuath gave Hutch a 15-8 lead with 14:01 to play in the half. Cowley then answered with a 13-2 run to take a 21-17 lead after a Moun'tae Edmundson 3-pointer with 10:04 to go.

Cowley pushed its lead to seven at 29-22 after an Allen layup with 6:33 to play in the half and made it an eight-point lead after Ridgnal's 3-pointer with 4:29 to go gave the Tigers a 32-24 lead. The Blue Dragons countered with a 10-2 run to pull within 34-32 on a Brown layup with 1:03 to play. Cowley led 37-32 at halftime.

The Dragons captured their first lead of the second half on a Brown jumper with 16:24 to play that made it 44-42 Dragons. A Fred Odhiambo dunk bumped the lead to 47-42 with 15:10 to go. Cowley answered with a 11-2 run for a four-point lead, but Baker drilled a 3-pointer with 11:54 left to cut the Tiger lead to 53-52.

Cowley led 66-61 when the Dragons scored six unanswered with a Kuath putback, two Clarence King free throws and Kuath dunk with 7:30 to play for a 67-66 lead. The lead changed hands five more times in the final 7:30 of the game.

GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons are now 86-42 all-time against Cowley, including 31-23 at Arkansas City. … Cowley had an opponent high 32 field goals against the Dragons. … The Dragons had a season-low 3-pointers. … The Blue Dragons are now 2-1 when trailing at halftime. … Clarence King had a career-best five rebounds.

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🏀Cowley stuns Dragons on Buzzer-Beater

STEVE CARPENTER - Hutchinson CC Sports Information

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Abby Ogle’s basket with 1.4 seconds to play in regulation was the 13th lead change of the Hutchinson Community College Women’s Basketball team’s Jayhawk Conference matchup with the Cowley Tigers.

Unfortunately for the No. 4-ranked Blue Dragons, there was one more lead change to occur.

Shontrice Austin’s 27-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Tigers a 72-70 victory over Hutchinson on Saturday night at Scott Auditorium.

Hutchinson falls to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the Jayhawk West. The Blue Dragons had an eight-game winning streak for the season and a 12-game winning streak against Cowley snapped. The Tigers (15-3, 5-3 Jayhawk East) defeated Hutchinson for the first time since 2004.

The Blue Dragons trailed 40-33 at halftime and by a game-worst 10 points when Torri Vang’s 3-pointer with 8:13 to play in the fourth quarter gave Cowley a 62-52 lead. Hutchinson answered with an 8-0 run capped by a Lauryn Mapusua 3-pointer with 5:57 left that cut the Cowley lead to 62-60.

The Dragons tied the game at 66 on two Ogle free throws with 1:51 to play. Trailing 67-66 after a Teagan Brouwer free throw, the Blue Dragons took a 68-67 lead on two Makayla Vannett free throws with 1:16 to go. Cowley regained the lead at 69-68 on two Jayden Marlnee free throws with 6.0 seconds to play.

Hutchinson advanced the ball to the front court after a timeout. Ogle drove into the lane, spun right and hit a 10-foot jumper to give the Blue Dragons a 70-69 lead with 1.4 seconds left. Cowley then advanced the ball to the front court after a Tiger timeout. Austin fired away from 27 feet and hit the game winner as the buzzer sounded.

Cowley became the first time to shoot 50 percent or better against Hutchinson since San Jacinto in the opening game of the 2018 NJCAA Tournament. The Tigers are only the fourth team to shoot 50 percent against Hutchinson in the John Ontjes era and only the seventh team to do so since 2003.

The Tigers shot right at 50 percent (26 of 52). Cowley shot 69.2 percent in the first quarter and 60.7 percent overall in the first half in scoring an opponent-high 40 points in the opening half.

The Blue Dragons shot 45.6 percent (26 of 57) for the game, shooting 50 percent in the second half.

Brooklyn Betham scored a career-high 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting to lead the Blue Dragons. Betham added six rebounds.

Ogle finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Mapusua hit a career-high-tying three 3-pointers and closed with 12 points, a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

The Blue Dragons were 6 of 20 from 3-point range and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson was out-rebounded 32-28, but had conference season-low 14 turnovers.

Austin had 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead Cowley. Austin also had an opponent-high nine assists as well as the game-winning shot. Seanna Boltz nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Marlnee is the second opponent to post a double-double against the Blue Dragons with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Tigers hit 8 of 22 from 3-point range and 12 of 18 from the free-throw line. The Tigers had a Hutchinson opponent-high 18 assists.

The Blue Dragons will play third game of a stretch of five games in 11 days at 5:30 p.m. on Monday against Northwest Tech top open Jayhawk West play.

GAME NOTES – Hutch has a 25-23 all-time series lead over Cowley. … Makayla Vannett’s only 3-pointer of the game tied Tessa Morrow for fifth on the Hutchinson career 3-point list (148). … Hutch’s 28 rebounds were a season low. … Hutch is 0-2 when trailing at halftime.