Jayhawks Run Record To 2-0 Following 92-79 Win Over Broome CC

Jayhawks Run Record To 2-0 Following 92-79 Win Over Broome CC

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The Jamestown Community College men's basketball team was able to hold off a late charge from Broome CC (0-1) to pick up a 92-79 NJCAA non-conference victory on Saturday at the Crossover Classic at the Physical Education Complex.

The Jayhawks are now 2-0 to start the season after using every bit of their bench to get past the Hornets. Jamestown CC will now welcome Corning CC for a 1 p.m. tipoff today.

"I played 15 guys today," said Jamestown CC head coach George Sisson. "The challenge is astronomical, trying to get guys involved in what we're doing. I'm still looking for guys to show me that they know what is going on. It's not about making plays, it's about do you know the sets, do you know what I'm wanting, can you play team defense? Can you do that stuff?"

At such an early point in the season, Sisson is hoping to spread out playing time while the Jayhawks look to find a team identity.

Last night offered a quick start by the offense, with Jared Fish beginning his evening with a hook in the post while Kenneth Jernigan Jr. started his night with a steal and drive. The Jayhawks added another quick bucket in transition when Chris Robson grabbed a rebound and dished off to Raekwan Canty for an easy finish.

Robson, the team's lone returnee from last season, followed that pass up with a baseline 3-pointer as Jamestown CC opened up an 11-4 lead.

Cameron Snow recorded the first of his six treys with a pullup jumper to help the Hornets keep pace. Following that bucket, Rotimi Salami hit a pair of long-range jumpers for the visitors.

Fish continued to lead the Jayhawks down low with a block on Quartus Steika, which was followed up with another spin hook by the freshman Salamanca native.

"I thought he did a really nice job at halftime with some of the things that we talked about (and) what the bigs are going to have to do," Sisson said of Fish. "When you get it in there you've got to get it up on the rim right now, just rise up over top."

Fish finished with 15 points and five rebounds.

The Hornets pulled to within 10 points thanks to a pair of threes by Steika in the closing minutes before halftime.

The Jayhawks began the second half in much the same way as the first, as Fish was able to finish off a three-point play after being hacked on a baseline drive. Following in suit was Robson, who picked up a pair of steals, finishing off the first on his own while dishing the second off to Nathan Pelissier to give Jamestown CC a 50-36 lead.

Jernigan Jr. picked up his game early in the second half as well, feeding Robson on a drive shortly before forcing a turnover that was laid in. 

Snow continued to keep Broome CC in contention, hitting a back-to-back makes from long range, but the Jayhawks were able to keep their momentum going with 3s of their own from Jules Smith and Jernigan Jr. 

While the Jayhawks were able to maintain their lead down the stretch, Sisson would have liked to see his team play with more composure at times. 

"Your expectations get a little bit higher every day. You like to see your kids doing things a certain way, and when you don't do them and you still win you get a little nervous," he said. "Sometimes our strength is going to be a little chaotic, making the game a little chaotic. I just feel like we are leaving lots of things out there right now. But to their spirit and how they played hard, that was a benefit in terms of being able to finish."

NOTES: Jernigan Jr. led Jamestown CC with 21 points while Canty ended his night with eight rebounds and 14 points.