Jayhawks Finally Secure Victory Over Tribunes, 73-68

Jayhawks Finally Secure Victory Over Tribunes, 73-68

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2019/02/at-long-last/)

Jamestown Community College men's interim basketball coach Xavier Churnac sat in a chair in an office just off the basketball court at the Physical Education Complex late Saturday afternoon, leaned back and smiled from ear to ear.

If someone had had a camera at the ready, the photograph would have been worth a thousand words.

In its absence — and knowing that his Jayhawks had knocked off NJCAA Division II rival Monroe CC — just the memory of what transpired on his home floor was good enough for the first-year mentor.

Sparked by 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists from Jared Fish, and 17 points and six rebounds from Raekwan Canty, the Jayhawks secured a 73-68 win, their first against the Rochester school since the regional quarterfinals in 2017 and their first regional win of any kind in 23 months.

The win improved Jamestown CC's record to 10-8 overall and 1-2 in the region, heading into Wednesday's home game against Genesee CC.

Churnac would welcome another effort like the one his team put in yesterday.

Not only did the Jayhawks survive a 19-5 Monroe CC run to end the first half — fueled by three 3-pointers by Marcus Zappia off the bench — that put them in a 39-33 hole, but they also used a couple of their own surges after intermission, including a critical one in the game's final five minutes that ultimately decided the game.

"What it means to me is they can see it now," Churnac said. "They can see stuff works. … Let's keep building on it. … I was confident we could get back in it. We just needed to buckle down."

That's precisely what the Jayhawks did.

With the Tribunes leading 55-53, Jamestown CC forced four straight turnovers that resulted in a 3-pointer from Nate Pelissier, a nice post move and putback by Fish and a layup from Jaleel Gilliam on a nifty pass from Fish. Armed with a 62-55 lead with 3:05 remaining, Monroe CC never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Fish, the Salamanca native, was particularly effective, especially during that decisive late run.

"He has a nice touch around the rim," Churnac said. "Every time he gets it inside, we're all confident it's going to go in, and now he's picking it up on the glass."

In addition to contributions from Canty and Fish, Trayon Rumley collected 8 points and seven assists, and Marcus Heard added 9 points and six boards.

"That's the best we've played for 40 minutes," Churnac said. "We've got a lot of room to grow still, but the guys deserve it."

Majesty Brandon led the Tribunes (0-3 in the region) with 17 points, Gilbert Cue had 12, and Zappia and Irwayne Connell Jr. each had 11. But they struggled as a team from the field, shooting just 36 percent, while being outrebounded, 41-26.


Hawkes 2-4 4-4 8, Cue 4-11 0-0 12, Brandon 8-19 0-1 17, Nelson Jr. 1-7 1-2 3, Bynum 0-5 2-2 2, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Zappia 4-7 0-0 11, Clements 1-1 0-0 2, Molina 0-0 0-0 0, Connell Jr. 2-6 7-7 11, Totals 23-63 14-16 68.


Heard 2-7 5-6 9, Fish 6-10 3-4 15, Pelissier 4-6 0-1 9, Rumley 2-8 4-4 8, Canty 5-9 7-10 17, Daniels 1-4 2-3 4, Gilliam 1-3 5-6 7, Mosquea 0-2 0-0 0, Tchinkati 2-2 0-0 2, Totals 25-51 26-34 73.

Halftime– Monroe CC 39, Jamestown CC 33. 3-point goals–Monroe CC 8-25 (Cue 4-11, Brandon 1-4, Nelson Jr. 0-2, Bynum 0-3, Smith 0-1, Zappia 3-6), Jamestown CC 1-10 (Heard 0-2, Pelissier 1-2, Rumley 0-4, Daniels 0-2). Rebounds — Monroe CC 26 (Smith 6), Jamestown CC 41 (Fish 12). Assists — Monroe CC 8 (Hawkes 2, Cue 2, Bynum 2), Jamestown CC 16 (Rumley 7). Total fouls — Monroe CC 26, Jamestown CC 19.