Red Devils handle Arkansas Tech JV

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Getting to the basket between two Arkansas Tech junior varsity defenders is Allen County Community College’s Keevis Tukes (5). Tukes did most of his scoring Monday from long range, hitting five threes, as the Red Devils checked the Wonder Boys 98-70.

The scouting report was spot on. Arkansas Tech’s junior varsity players shoot three-pointers from almost anywhere out of the half-court set.
Allen County Community College’s Red Devils were ready. But still early on the Wonder Boys ripped the nets for six three-pointers in the first 10 minutes.
Three consecutive threes by Arkansas Tech’s junior varsity had the visiting team up 20-14.
“We talked about them playing five out and shooting threes. They gave us a different look, hitting shots off picks, and our guys were a little confused defensively. We took a timeout. After that we settled down and played pretty well,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC men’s head coach.
The Red Devils regained their composure, went on a 16-3 run in the final five minutes of the first half to lead 48-39. The Red Devils allowed just four more threes by the Wonder Boys over 32 minutes of play.
Allen County pulled away in the second half for a 98-70 win. The Red Devils improved to 5-5 on the season.
Allen County hosts Penn Valley Community College Wednesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the ACCC gym.
Arkansas Tech attempted 32 three-pointers, hitting 10.
“I think our kids looked down at their bench and saw eight guys. We are taller than they are and thought ‘hey, we can beat these guys’ then those guys shoot lights out from three-point range,” Hayes said.
“We have to be ready to play with intensity no matter what team is on the other bench.”
The Wonder Boys were up 36-30 with 5:38 left in the first half.
Greg Hayes came off the bench for two quick baskets that started the ACCC run. A steal led to a dunk by Andra Bailey to tie the game up.
Dennis Rumph’s field goal put the Red Devils in front for good at the 4:04 mark. Aaron Jackson had a conventional three-point play then Keevis Tukes drilled a three-pointer.
Erik Law tipped in the ball for a basket then scored again for the Red Devils. Allen County went into the break up by nine.
Allen County pushed its lead to 12, 59-47, with 15:11 remaining in the game. The Red Devils rattled off 12 unanswered points to get a 71-47 lead with 10:52 left in the game.
“We played really well in the last five minutes of the second half and the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Hayes said. “We defended much better and made them put the ball on the floor and drive more.”
Arkansas Tech was still shooting from beyond the arc but only hit two of 14 attempts in the second half. The Wonder Boys were 27 of 59, 46 percent, from the field overall. They went 6 of 11 at the free-throw line.
Allen County shot 57.5 percent, 42 of 73, from the field. The Red Devils were 6 of 12 at the line.
“This was a game where we were able to to get every- body minutes on the court. Our goal was to hold them to 70 or fewer points and we did that,” Hayes said. “They played zone defense which allowed us to work on our zone offense.”
Hayes said he was pleased that his team “shared” the basketball. Allen County had 28 assists — eight by Tukes and five each were handed out by Gavin Cole and Law.
Tukes, who hit five threes, and Jackson each fired in 17 points for ACCC. Bailey had 16 points, 16 rebounds and four steals. Rumph scored 11 points and pulled down 17 of the Red Devils’ 65 rebounds.
Law added 14 points. Anthony Clagett had four steals.
The visitors from Russell-ville, Ark., were led by Brennan Pierce with 27 points. Pierce had four threes while Chase White hit three threes, scoring 15 points.

Allen County (48-50—98) (FG/3-pt): Rumph 5-1-0-11, Bailey 8-0-2-16, Jackson 4/2-3-1-17, Tukes 1/5-0-1-17, Clagett 2-0-2-4, Cole 3-1-1-7, Hayes 4-0-1-8, Law 5/1-1-0-14, Lee 1-0-1-2, Harris 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 34/8-6-10-98.
Arkansas Tech JV (39-31—70) (FG/3-pt): Thomas 1/1-1-1-6, White 3/3-0-15, B. Pierce 6/4-3-3-27, Hill 1/2-1-0-9, Landon 2-1-0-5, D. Pierce 4-0-2-8. TOTALS: 17/10-6-7-70.