Red Devil men halt 4-game losing skid

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Stopping the drive of Fort Scott Community College’s Brandon Dougherty (11) is Allen County Community College’s James Davis (32). Allen County limited Fort Scott to 21 points in the second half here Saturday while scoring 40 points for a 62-54 win.

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde show that has been Allen County Community College men’s basketball of late was on display here Saturday.
Mr Hyde was out in the first half of Allen County’s Jayhawk Eastern Division game with Fort Scott Community College. The Greyhounds were off and running, holding a 33-22 halftime lead.
Then Dr. Jekyll emerged as the Red Devils used defense, defense and more defense to claim a 62-54 win.
The victory stopped a four-game losing streak for the Red Devils.
“We challenged their pride at halftime,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC head coach.
“It’s been tough. We went from playing toe-to-toe with Coffeyville at their place and losing by one to just not playing very well at all.
“Tonight in the second half, our players really defended well. The first half was a lot of trying to do it individually.”
The Red Devils were up 4-2 early but fell behind. They tied it up twice at 10-10 on back-to-back dunks from Manny Richardson then at 14-14 on two field goals by Greg Hayes.
Fort Scott went on an 11-2 run to gain a 25-16 advantage. Allen County broke the run with a basket by Gavin Cole at the 5:13 mark.
The Greyhounds finished the half outscoring the Red devils 8-4 for the 11-point lead.
“We challenged them then we had three shots in the first possession and missed. But after that first minute, our guys really played very well in the second half,” Coach Hayes said.
Eric Kellogg scored for Fort Scott with 18:56 on the clock. The Greyhounds found baskets hard to come by against a blanketing Red Devil defense.
Richardson had a three-point play for ACCC. He had another opportunity a minute later but didn’t hit the free throw. Right there for the rebound and follow shot was ACCC teammate Andra Bailey.
Richardson and Bailey led the charge as both recorded double-doubles. Bailey had 16 points and 16 rebounds plus three steals. Richardson tossed in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Bailey and Richardson each had a basket to pull the Red Devils to within 37-33 by the 15:16 mark. Darrell Blanton scored for Fort Scott.
Micah Handley had a three-point play followed by a basket from Bailey and Allen County trailed by just one point, 39-38.
At the 11:19 mark, Anthony Clagett drilled the only three-pointer of the night for Allen County. The trey gave ACCC a 41-39 lead and it never looked back.
On back-to-back steals, Bailey and James Davis scored for Allen County. Davis and Richardson each hit both ends of one-and-ones to stretch ACCC’s lead to 49-43.
Allen County was up 56-49 with 2:24 left in the game. Kurklin Bohanon connected from three-point range for Fort Scott to make it 56-52.
Allen County responded with defense. After a timeout with 1:57 left, the Red Devils worked the basketball and the clock. They were rewarded on a layup by Bailey as the 35-second shot clock hit five.
Fort Scott did not have another basket after Bohanon’s trey. Allen County hit 4 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Allen County was 15 of 23 from the free-throw line for the game. It shot 52 percent, 23 of 44 from the field.
Aaron Jackson dished out five assists. Allen County had 38 rebounds and had 24 turnovers.
Fort Scott was led by Blanton with 15 points and Kellogg with 14. The Greyhounds shot 36 percent, 23 of 64, from the field and were 7 of 13 from the line.
The Red Devils improved to 8-9 in Jayhawk East play and 13-16 overall.
Allen County is idle Wednesday then hosts 18th-ranked Cowley County Saturday. Tipoff is 8 p.m.
Allen County (22-40—62) (FG/3-pt): Handley 2-4-3-8, Jackson 0-0-1-0, Virginia 1-1-3-3, Clagett 1/1-4-1-9, Cole 1-0-0-2, Hayes 2-0-1-4, Richardson 6-4-1-16, Nelson 0-0-1-0, Davis 1-2-1-4, Bailey 8-0-4-16. TOTALS: 22/1-15-16-62.
Fort Scott (33-21—54) (FG/3-pt): Bohanon 2/1-0-3-7, Kemp 2-4-4-8, Dougherty 1-0-4-2, Kellogg 7-0-3-14, Kinnie 3-0-3-6, Brown 1-0-5-2, Blanton 6-3-2-15. TOTALS: 22/1-7-24-54.