Red Devils end homestand with win over Ottawa JV

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Holding his ground defensively is Allen County Community College’s Keevis Tukes as Caleb Smith (22) of Ottawa University’s junior varsity leans in and tries to drive past him. Tukes and the Red Devils ripped the Braves with 15 three-pointers on their way to a 94-60 victory at home Thursday.

Allen County Community College’s Red Devils had only pocketed 23 three-point field goals in their previous five games. They were shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc as a team.
On Thursday night, the Red Devils netted 15 treys, shooting 56 percent from long range. The ACCC men powered past visiting Ottawa University’s junior varsity 94-60.
Allen County improved to 3-3 on the season.
The Red Devils leave the confines of ACCC gym for the first time this season for a three-game road swing.
The Red Devils travel to Hutchinson Tuesday for a rematch. Hutchinson de-feated Allen County 71-69 here on Nov. 10.
Freshman Keevis Tukes, playing his first game since that Hutchinson game because of a family matter, equaled his three-point production of the season-opener. Tukes went 6 of 11 from outside the arc as he fired in 20 points for the Red Devils.
Allen County had six players reach double-digit scoring. Six players hit at least one three-pointer in the game.
“It’s the first time we’ve had Keevis and Aaron (Jackson) in the game together. Going 15 of 27 from three-point range is great,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC head coach. “We thought we’d be a better three-point shooting team this year but we haven’t had everybody available to show it.”
Allen County was still without one of its better three-point shooters Thursday. Greg Hayes was out because of illness.
Jackson hit three treys on his way to 14 points while Gavin Cole had two in his 16 points. Erik Law nailed one three as he piled up 16 points.
Even Andra Bailey connected for two threes as he had 10 points. Anthony Clagett scored 11 points, hitting 7 of 8 free throw attempts. DeAndre Harris had the other trey on the night.
“We weren’t very efficient offensively in the first half. We tried some different things to create more movement in the offense, got some good looks but the shots didn’t go in,” Hayes said.
“Defensively we wanted to hold Ottawa’s JV to 25 or 26 points. They had 28 at halftime so that was close to our goal.”
Ottawa’s junior varsity led 11-7 with 13:36 left in the first half.
Clagett tied the game by sinking four straight free throws. Law and Tukes had back-to-back three-pointers putting ACCC up 17-11 at the midway point.
Law scored twice and with Jackson adding a field goal, Allen County pushed out to a 23-14 lead with 7:38 left.
The Braves came right back and tied the game. Tukes’ three with 2:52 left broke a 25-25. Allen County led 30-28 when Harris connected at the halftime-buzzer from three-point range.
The Red Devils led 33-28 at intermission. They hit five threes and had a three-point play by Law in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
When Cole hit a trey at the 11:01 mark it was 60-33.
“The second half was very good for us. We worked on new things both offensively and defensively. Everyone suited up played plenty of minutes,” Hayes said. “Ottawa played hard against us.”
Bailey had 11 rebounds, four steals and seven assists for ACCC. Clagett had six assists.
Hayes was pleased with only 11 turnovers, the fewest of the season, by his team. But free throw shooting is still a problem.
Allen County shoots below 50 percent at the free-throw line. It was 11 of 20 in Thursday’s game.
“We have to be better than that,” Hayes said.
Caleb Smith and Michael Chouinard each had 11 points for Ottawa’s junior varsity.
Allen County (33-61—94) (FG/3-pt) Tukes 1/6-0-0-20, Cole 5/2-0-1-16, Law 6/1-1-1-16, Jackson 2/3-1-3-14, Clagett 2-7-0-11, Bailey 1/2-2-2-10, Graham 2-0-3-4, Harris 0/1-0-0-3. TOTALS: 19/15-11-10-94.
Ottawa JV (28-32—60) (FG/3-pt): Smith 1/2-3-2-11, Chouinard 4-3-1-11, Ca. Kueffer 3/1-0-1-9, Schmeer 3-2-0-8, Belobrajdic 3-2-2-8, Gutschenritter 2-1-3-5, Davis 2-0-2-4, McGinnis 3-2-0-8, Cl. 1-0-0-2. TOTALS: 20/3-11-16-60.