T’wolves Pull Away Down Stretch

T’wolves Pull Away Down Stretch

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2017/11/twolves-pull-away-down-stretch/)

Jamestown Community College was doomed by inconsistent shooting and a lapse in concentration to start the second half despite playing a strong game against NJCAA Region 3 Division II opponent Niagara County Community College at the Physical Education Complex on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Donel Cathcart poured in 31 to lead the Thunderwolves to an 81-67 victory and improve Niagara to 3-4 overall, including 1-2 in the region, while the Jayhawks now sit at 4-5 overall and 0-3 against Region 3 opponents.

All told, while Jamestown CC looked poised to pick up the win at times Wednesday, no amount of positive swings were enough to overcome a night of 26-of-67 shooting that included nine makes in 31 tries from beyond the arc.

"I'm not going to condemn them for our effort. I liked our demeanor before the game. I liked the way my guys got ready in the shoot-around this afternoon, the pregame I thought we were locked in," Jamestown CC coach George Sisson said. "I thought our energy was really good. Start of the second half just really hurt us, we had some unforced turnovers and then Cathcart obviously showed why he was an All-Region performer last year as a freshman. He hit some deep 3s, we were there with him, it's not like we feinted and he was standing all by himself, Carter Davidson was right there, he hit shots."

After entering the game coming off 13- and 15-point performances, it looked as though Sherman native Chris Robson would be the one to provide the spark for the Jayhawks, as the freshman guard rebounded from a pair of missed 3s to start the night on his way to a team-high 11 first-half points.

Keshaun Howard was able to give the Jayhawks a lead in the early going as he buried a trey on a kickout pass, but Cathcart was able to respond with a long-range make of his own to keep Niagara County CC tight.

That was followed by a triple from Robson and another make from beyond the arc by Keshaun Howard that found the bottom of the net as the shot clock sounded to deadlock the match at 23-23.

Ultimately it was another two jumpers from beyond the arc by Robson that carried the Jayhawks down the stretch in the opening period, but the Thunderwolves were able to return fire with makes of their own by Laterrance Reed and Dante Watson as they carried a three-point margin into the second half.

"3-point shot is the greatest thing in the world when it goes down with no passes and it's the absolute worse thing in the world when you get no passes on the offense, you throw a brick and they run down," Sisson said.

While the shots were falling early for the Jayhawks, it was Cathcart whose hand caught fire in the opening moments of the second as he nailed back-to-back treys before Niagara County CC set to work in the paint on its way to a 58-40 lead.

With outside shots not falling, the Jayhawks set to work responding in kind with points down low as Tavon King finished off a rebound and then added another bucket off a feed by David Williams to help close the gap. Back-to-back 3s by Williams and King were able to swing the momentum back in favor of the hosts, while Robson was able to get things rolling on defense with a steal and dish to King to pull Jamestown CC with in four points with five minutes to play.

"We kept rolling people and we got some energy and we got it to four points," Sisson said of the run. "We had some not-so-good offensive sets, and bad offense leads to glaring bad defense, and the next thing you know you have a couple bad offensive possessions, they turn around, they score on you … four goes to 10 to 11 that quick and you're digging from there."

After leading that charge, the wind came out of the Jayhawks sails as Reed was fouled on a shot from beyond the line that fell, and from there the sophomore guard was able to complete a four-point play before picking up another easy deuce on the ensuing possession.

Reed would end his night with 21 points, while Kenny Pitt did his best to carry the Jayhawks down the stretch, ending his 15-point night with a block.

"It's about, 'what will we take from tonight's game, to make us better tomorrow in practice, to get us ready to play another really good team next Wednesday in Genesee,'" Sisson said.

The Lakers (4-3, 2-1) will visit Jamestown for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

NOTES: Despite its size advantage, Niagara County CC only picked up 39 boards to 34 for Jamestown CC with Cathcart finishing with 10 and Najee Scott a team-high 12 while Pitt finished with eight for the Jayhawks. … The Thunderwolves finished with 15 turnovers to 16 for the hosts. … Williams Overo picked up four steals for Jamestown CC while King and Williams both finished with 11 points.

NIAGARA COUNTY CC (81)

Cathcart 11-17 6-6 31, Scott 2-7 1-2 6, Reed 7-13 2-3 21, Nodine 2 1-2 6, Luke 4-6 0-1 8, Pollard 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 2-3 0-0 6, Ramsahai 0-2 0-0 0, Murcia 0-2 0-0 0, Mixson 1-5 1-2 3, Powell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-61 11-16 81.

JAMESTOWN CC (67)

Davidson 0-2 0-0 0, Branch 1-7 0-0 2, Wright 3-5 0-0 6, Overo 1-8 1-2 3, Pitt 5-10 5-5 15, Kiadii 1-4 0-0 3, Williams 4-7 0-1 11, King 5-6 0-0 11, Howard 2-5 0-0 5, Robson 4-13 0-0 11. Totals 26-67 6-10 67. 

Halftime–Niagara County CC 37, Jamestown CC 34. 3-point goals–Niagara County CC 12-29 (Cathcart 3-6, Scott 1-5, Reed 5-9, Nodine 1-1, Pollard 0-1, Watson 2-2, Murcia 0-2, Mixson 0-3), Jamestown CC 9-31 (Davidson 0-2, Branch 0-4, Overo 0-2, Kiadii 1-2, Williams 3-6, King 1-2, Howard 1-3, Robson 3-10). Rebounds–Niagara County CC 39 (Scott 12), Jamestown CC 34 (Pitt 8). Assists–Niagara County CC 12 (Cathcart, Scott, Reed 3), Jamestown CC 13 (Williams 6). Fouls–Niagara County CC 12, Jamestown 17.

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