Red Devils break out of losing skid

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
One of his 14 rebounds comes midway through the first half as Allen County Community College’s Andra Bailey (33) controls the basketball on the offensive end. Bailey led the Red Devils to an 81-68 win over visiting Bacone College’s junior varsity Monday.

Playing their fourth game in seven days — and third in four days — Allen County Community College’s Red Devil men notched a win at home Monday.
It was not a thing of beauty but the Red Devils will take it. Allen County pulled away late from a persistent Bacone College junior varsity team, 81-68.
“It’s good to get the win but we have a long ways to go. We played three quality opponents here last week and with one day to prepare for Bacone, you could tell we were tired,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC men’s head coach.
With only eight available players, the Red Devils have stretched themselves across the past week going 1-3. The Red Devils are 2-3 on the season.
Allen County finishes up a six-game home stand hosting the Ottawa University junior varsity Thursday. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.
An injury took sophomore Dennis Rumph out of the rotation. Rumph injured his knee in Saturday’s game against State Fair.
“Right now, we’re hoping rest will allow his knee to recover. It’s one he had surgery on three years ago. Keevis (Tukes) is still gone because of his family obligation. We just don’t have any depth right now,” Hayes said.
What the Red Devils do have is sophomore forward Andra Bailey working on the inside. Bailey powered the Red Devils’ dominance on the backboards against Bacone’s junior varsity.
The Red Devils controlled 44 rebounds to the Warriors’ 19. Bailey had 14 rebounds plus he went 10 of 12 from the field for 21 points. He also had six of the team’s 11 steals.
“We emphasize rebounding and Andra plays with a lot of heart and does a good job of getting to the basketball on rebounds,” Hayes said.
Erik Law, another strong inside presence for ACCC, had 14 points. Brantrel Graham came off the bench to score 11 points.
The Warriors countered Allen County’s inside game with a shower of three-pointers. Bacone hit 8 of 13 threes in the first half.
The visitors from Muskogee, Oka. stayed with the Red Devils and forged a 41-41 halftime score.
Bailey led a 10-0 run to open the second half for ACCC. Law and sophomores Greg Hayes, Anthony Clagett and Gavin Cole each had a basket. A field goal by Law and two free throws from Graham had ACCC up 55-43 at the 14:07 mark.
Bacone only hit three treys in the second half. Two of them came during a 10-2 run to pull within four, 57-53.
The Red Devils went inside to Bailey, who delivered then Cole nailed a three-pointer. Bailey had a conventional three-point play to give ACCC a 65-53 lead.
Allen County continued to pull away, leading 77-59, with 2:40 left.
What really concerned Hayes was something that has reared its ugly head in most of the games this season — an inability to hit free throws. Allen County was 10 of 27 from the free-throw line Monday. That comes on the heels of a 2-12 stint in Saturday’s loss to State Fair.
“Maybe we’re talking about them too much. I don’t know. We need to get better at the line,” Hayes said.
The Red Devils shot 57 percent, 34 of 60, from the field. The Warriors were 24 of 49, 49 percent, and finished 11 of 24 from long range. Bacone was 9 of 18 at the free-throw line.
Clagett had 10 points and five assists. Cole, who came off the ACCC bench, tossed in 10 points.
Ryan Self, who scored the first eight points for Bacone, ended up with 14. He had three threes. LaCharlesto Tumblin added 12 points and Curtis Lee tossed in 10 points.
Allen County (41-40—81) (FG/3-pt): Law 7-0-3-14, Bailey 10-1-2-21, Jackson 1/2-5-9, Clagett 3-4-1-10, Hayes 2-0-2-4, Cole 3/1-1-4-10, Graham 4-3-3-11, Harris 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 31/3-10-20-81.
Bacone JV (41-27—68) (FG/3-pt): Self 2/3-1-4-14, Manuel 0/2-0-0-6, Parks 0/1-2-3-5, Epps 0-0-1-0, Walker 2/1-1-3-8, Tumblin 4-4-4-12, Lee 3/1-1-2-10, Weaver 1/1-0-3-5, Grant 0/2-0-1-6, Mickelson 1-0-1-2. TOTALS: 13/11-9-22-68.