Red Devil men can’t finish off Scotties

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Entangled with three Highland Community College players is Allen County Community College’s Andra Bailey (33), with the basketball. The visiting Scotties grabbed a 56-53 win over the Red Devils here Monday in Jayhawk Eastern Division action.

Allen County Community College’s Red Devils had to scramble and scrape their way back into Monday night’s Jayhawk Eastern Division contest. Visiting Highland Community College’s Scotties took control early and hung on late for a 56-53 win.
The Scotties were up 22-9 with 6:30 left in the first half. The Red Devils battled back to trail by seven, 27-20, by halftime. Allen County went on a 29-21 run to “get it where we wanted it.”
“We just didn’t finish it,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC head coach. “We didn’t rebound at the end and it was huge.”
Hayes was talking about the final 1:30 of the game. It was tied 53-53 when Korie Fisher hit both ends of a one-and-one to give the Scotties a 55-53 lead.
Coming out of a timeout, the Red Devils threw the basketball away with 1:20 left. The Scotties worked the clock, missed a shot but came away with the offensive rebound. They pulled the ball back out, missed a shot and claimed the rebound again.
Eddie Gray was fouled with 15.1 seconds left. Gray hit one of two free throws.
“We talked about what we needed to do if they hit one of the free throws to make it a three-point game. It’s disappointing we didn’t even get a shot at it,” Hayes said.
The Scotties swiped the basketball again and ran out the clock for the victory.
This loss comes on the heels of an 80-65 loss at Johnson County Community College Saturday.
“We played really well last Wednesday at Coffeyville and didn’t get the win, then played very poorly at Johnson County. Tonight, I went with a different starting lineup to shake things up and give some guys who have been working hard a chance to start,” Hayes said.
Allen County also had a starter — sophomore Micah Handley — not available because of disciplinary reasons, Hayes said.
The Red Devils have dropped three Jayhawk East games in a row. They are 7-8 in conference play and 12-15, sitting fifth, and one game back is their next opponent, Neosho County Community College’s Panthers.
Allen County travels to Chanute Wednesday to play the Panthers, who are 6-8 and 14-12.
Highland swept the two-game season series with Allen County.
The Scotties are now 5-10 in Jayhawk East play and 13-14 overall.
“We didn’t handle their zone defense very well. Highland plays an aggressive match-up zone, which is nothing like any other team in the conference,” Hayes said. “We didn’t attack it and our defensive energy wasn’t where it needed to be.”
The Red Devils found themselves down 22-9 when Anthony Clagett had a tip-in to begin the climb back into the game. Andra Bailey, who led the Red Devils with 14 points, 21 rebounds, two steals and three assists, scored on the inside then hit two free throws to make it 25-14.
Matt Nelson pulled up and nailed a three-pointer for ACCC at the 1:09 mark and scored with 6.9 seconds to make it 27-20.
Allen County chipped away in the second half. Clagett, who had 21 points for the Red Devils, had a three-point play to make it 37-31 with 15:49 left.
Manny Richardson and Bailey had back-to-back baskets that pulled ACCC to within three, 38-35. Highland’s Brandon Coleman sank two free throws and Eddie Gray scored to push the Scotties’ lead back up.
Clagett had a three-point play, then had a three-pointer that bounced up and straight down through the net as the Red Devils continued to fight to get even. Richardson's field goal at the 8:14 mark kept it a three-point game.
Clagett connected and ACCC’s defense held. Bailey’s putback gave the Red Devils a 49-48 lead with 6:11 left to play. It became a back-and-forth contest down the stretch.
The Scotties hit 6 of 8 free throws in the last three minutes, plus controlled the boards to land the win.
Allen County shot 38 percent, 19 of 50, from the field. The Red Devils were 3 of 15 from three-point range and went 12 of 21 at the free-throw line.
Highland went 18 of 57, 32 percent, from the field and 13 of 16 at the line. Gray tossed in 17 points while Tyler Nordman had 13 and Coleman scored 10.

ON SATURDAY, Allen County trailed host Johnson County 38-24 at halftime. The Cavaliers out-scored the Red devils 42-41 in the second half.
The Red Devils shot 40 percent, 21 of 52, to the Cavaliers’ 53 percent, 29 of 55, from the field. Johnson County went 17 of 26 from the foul line and Allen County was 16 of 21. Allen County had 25 turnovers.
Bailey scored 16 points and controlled 15 rebounds for the Red Devils. Greg Hayes, who had four threes, scored 12 points and Richardson added 11. Aaron Jackson dished out three assists.
Johnson County had six players score in double figures, led by Rory Spencer with 15 points. Nafis Ricks and Jared Henry each had 14 points. Darren Givhan and Blake Baird scored 11 points each and Kenny Moore had 10.
Allen County (20-33—53) (FG/3-pt): Nelson 1/1-1-0-6, Bailey 4-7-3-15, Clagett 8/1-2-5-21, Cole 0-0-2-0, Jackson 0/1-2-4-5, Richardson 3-0-0-6, Davis 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 16/3-12-16-53.
Highland (27-29—56) (FG/3-pt): Gray 7-3-1-17, Nordman 0/4-1-4-13, Coleman 0/1-7-3-10, Patterson 0/1-0-3-3, Fisher 1/1-2-4-7, Dobbins 2-0-1-4, Broxterman 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 11/7-13-16-56.
Saturday’s game
Allen County (24-41—65) (FG/3-pt): Handley 1/1-0-4-5, Jackson 0/1-0-1-3, Clagett 0-0-5-0, Cole 2-2-3-6, Hayes 0/4-0-1-12, Richardson 3-5-5-11, Nelson 1/1-2-1-7, Davis 2-1-2-5, Bailey 5-6-2-16. TOTALS: 14/7-16-24-65.
Johnson County (38-42—80) (FG/3-pt): Ricks 6-2-4-14, Givhan 3/1-2-3-11, Spencer 4/1-4-4-15, Henry 2/2-4-2-14, Moore 4-2-4-10, Patton 0/1-0-4-3, Baird 4-3-0-11, Parks 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 24/5-17-22-80.