Jayhawks’ Last Chance Blocked In Loss To Cougars

Jayhawks’ Last Chance Blocked In Loss To Cougars

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2019/02/jayhawks-last-chance-blocked-in-loss-to-cougars/)

Jamestown Community College put itself in a position to tie things up on the final possession of Wednesday evening's NJCAA Region 3 Division II men's basketball game against visiting Genesee Community College.

Needing a 3-pointer to even the contest, the Jayhawks ran a play and were forced to settle for a contested shot that was blocked as the Cougars were able to seal up a 74-71 victory.

"The last play we ran, Marcus (Heard) was open," Jamestown CC coach Xavier Churnac said of his sophomore guard, who was able to find separation on the left baseline. "We didn't see him, we took a shot and it got blocked. One more pass and we would have at least got a shot off. Would he have made it? Hopefully."

After halftime saw the teams deadlocked at 35, things remained close throughout the second half with the Jayhawks (10-9, 3-3) looking briefly at a 61-59 lead before Genesee CC was able to go back in front, 66-61 with three minutes to play.

As they had done all night, the Cougars (12-9, 5-1) were able to force contact near the rim and earn key buckets at the free throw line in the final possessions of the evening, finishing the night 26 of 36 at the line as the Jayhawks were docked for 22 personal fouls.

Keeping the hosts within striking distance in the final minutes was some nice passing as Jared Fish fed Heard for an open 3.

Heard finishing off a pair of buckets at the line and Donathan Daniels converted on an inside drive. 

Through the first 20 minutes of play it looked as though sophomore Jarret Haines, who entered the day averaging a team-high 20.5 points-per-game for Genesee CC, would be the Jayhawks' kryptonite.

Haines finished the opening half with 17 points, but would not see any offensive success in the second period in the face of heavy defensive pressure, ultimately finishing with 19.

With Haines bottled up, Jamir Cheek was able to find more room to operate, collecting 11 of his team-high 20 points in the second half while also leading the Cougars on the glass with eight boards.

"We needed to contain (Haines) better which, he had 17 in the first half, he ended with 19," Churnac said. "We said, (Haines) and (Cheek), that's their offense. These other guys, they chip in where they can. We needed to ramp it up on the offensive end, I thought our defense was solid enough besides on (Haines), but then we started to get a little careless with the ball."

While it was Haines who led the visitors through the opening half, Jared Fish had a big start to his night in the post for Jamestown CC. The 6-foot-7 sophomore grabbed 10 rebounds and 6 points through 20 minutes, ultimately finishing with 14 boards, 12 points and a team-high five assists.

Wednesday night offered some of the best ball movement that Churnac has seen from his team this season, as the Jayhawks grabbed 19 assists to just seven for the Cougars. 

"We were sharing the ball, 19 assists to their seven assists as a team," Churnac said. "I think we were getting some good looks, we just have to be more consistent with what we are doing, executing better. Continue to share the ball, good things will happen, but with that we have to take care of the ball."

Along with Fish's 12 points, Nate Pelissier grabbed 13 to go with eight rebounds and Trayon Rumley had 12 to go with four rebounds. 

After besting the Cougars on the glass, 19-11 in the first half, the Jayhawks lost that advantage in the second half.

Down the stretch, turnovers stifled any opportunities for the hosts to hang on to a lead, as Jamestown CC suffered 17 to just seven for the Cougars.

Jamestown CC will travel to face Mercyhurst North East on Saturday at 3 p.m.

GENESEE CC (74)

Haines 6-14 4-4 19, Cheek 6-17 7-8, Gueye 1-4 0-2 2, Williams 4-9 5-9 13, Camara 3-4 1-1 13, Major 0-2 3-4 3, Speller 2-6 6-8 10, Russell 0-1 0-0 0, Matos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 26-36 74.

JAMESTOWN CC (71)

Heard 1-3 5-6 8, Fish 5-7 2-2 12, Pelissier 5-15 3-3 13, Rumley 5-10 1-2 12, Canty 1-1 4-4 6, Jernigan Jr. 1-4 0-0 2, Daniels 5-7 0-0 10, Gilliam 2-5 4-4 8, Mosquea 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 19-21 71.

Halftime–Genesee CC 35, Jamestown CC 35. 3-point goals: Genesee CC 4-15 (Haines 3-6, Cheek 1-3, Gueye 0-1, Williams 0-1, Major 0-1, Speller 0-3), Jamestown CC 2-11 (Heard 1-2, Pelissier 0-3, Rumley 1-5, Daniels 0-1). Rebounds–Genesee CC 31 (Cheek 8), Jamestown CC 36 (Fish 14). Assists–Genesee CC 7 (Cheek, Gueye, Speller 2), Jamestown CC 19 (Fish 5). Totals Fouls–Genesee CC 18, Jamestown CC 22. Fouled Out–Canty.

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