Sisson Not Pleased After JCC Men Fall To Red Barons

Sisson Not Pleased After JCC Men Fall To Red Barons

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With a little more than seven minutes gone in the second half of Sunday's NJCAA Crossover Classic basketball game, George Sisson called a timeout.

"You gotta start being first at things," the Jamestown CC coach implored his charges.

It never happened.

"We weren't first to loose balls, we weren't first to rebounds, we weren't first to getting to where we wanted to be on the floor," Sisson said as he sat in his office after the Jayhawks suffered a 75-62 setback to Corning CC at the Physical Education Complex. "It was just all in the body language."

And on the stat sheet.

The Red Barons, who shot 27 of 55 from the floor and 17 of 18 from the foul line, also did the job defensively, limiting Jamestown CC to two field goals during a 12-minute stretch after intermission to pull away for their first victory of the young season.

Christian Simmons scored 20 points, Jon Ward had 18 and Ja'Shaun Smith added 17 for Corning CC (1-1), which rebounded from a 72-67 loss to Genesee CC on Saturday.

Chris Robson led Jamestown CC (2-1) with 16 points, while Jared Fish added 12, but the team shot only 21 of 57 from the floor and it was particularly challenged offensively during that prolonged second-half dry spell that transformed a two-point deficit into a rather sizeable working margin by game's end.

The result left Sisson visibly annoyed after the game.

"We got today what we earned," he said. "It started at the end of last night's game (a victory over Broome CC) until we tipped off today and it just spilled over into our game, so we got what we deserved."

The first half was nip and tuck. With a pair of 3-pointers by Robson to start the game and two treys by teammate Roshawn Reeves to end the half, the Jayhawks retreated to the locker room trailing, 34-32.

Jamestown CC's offensive struggles didn't manifest itself in the early minutes of the second half. In fact, when Kenneth Jernigan Jr. drilled a 3-pointer at the 17:20 mark, the Jayhawks led, 37-36.

But Jamestown CC managed just two more field goals until Nathan Pelissier's jumper with 5:21 remaining. By that time, the Red Barons' lead had grown to 63-51. The Jayhawks never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

"We just started this marathon," Sisson said. "We've got situations. Tonight, today and throughout the game today. You would have thought we were 0-2 and got beat by 30 twice. All I can say is we got what we deserved. We got what we deserved physically, mentally, emotionally, individually and collectively.

"I'm not going to call out anyone specifically. If it was just one, it would be easy. Unfortunately, we're not in the point in time in the season where we understand that your job when you're on the floor is to be the best teammate you can be."

Jamestown CC returns to action Thursday when it entertains Pitt-Titusville at 7 p.m. That game will be followed by four straight road contests.

"I've got to do a better job of finding the right combination for everything,"Sisson said.