Late Treys Don’t Fall, Jayhawks Lose To T’Wolves

Late Treys Don’t Fall, Jayhawks Lose To T’Wolves

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2019/03/late-treys-dont-fall-jayhawks-lose-to-twolves/)

BUFFALO — No. 2 Niagara County Community College gave No. 6 Jamestown CC a pair of potential game-tying 3-point opportunities with time winding down in NJCAA Region 3 Division II semifinal play at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon, but after a gritty performance to climb back into contention late in the game the Jayhawks were not able to cash in on those final opportunities.

With seconds ticking away, Marcus Heard grabbed a defensive rebound for the Jayhawks and move the ball down the floor for an opportunity as Donathan Daniels fired a long-range try that missed the mark. Jamestown CC rebounded that miss as Raekwan Canty fired another last-ditch effort that also failed to tie things up, sealing a 74-71 win for Niagara CC.

Those failed chances late were the finale to a roller-coaster final two minutes to the afternoon.

Miscues by the Jayhawks late resulted in a six-point swing in favor of the Thunderwolves, as they carried a 74-63 margin down the home stretch. Jamestown CC undid some of that damage as Nathan Pelissier nailed a jumper before Canty drilled a 3-pointer to pull his team within six points.

Niagara CC then made a costly error as Tyairus Sands made a steal and fed Pelissier, who buried a trey to pull the Jayhawks within a field goal.

Jamestown CC was able to mount that late push clawing its way back from an 11-point halftime deficit.

"We fought, we fought," Jamestown CC interim head coach Xavier Churnac said of his team's late push. "We knew we were still in it, we weren't out of it, the guys still believed. They believed in each other, they played hard, they competed and that is kind of what we have been preaching for the last two months or so. We just have to grind it out, a couple of crucial plays down the stretch kind of cost us, but we still had a chance."

The loss brings the Jayhawks season to an end at 12-15, while No. 2 Niagara County CC now sits at 24-7 and will advance to play Erie CC in today's final.

Only a handful of missed jump shots made the difference in the Thunderwolves' first-half lead. Niagara County CC held a 19-17 margin after Jamestown CC was able to string together some points as Heard passed to Daniels for a 3-pointer, before Pelissier was able to complete an old-fashioned three-point play. That two-point lead eventually grew to 12 as the Thunderwolves caught fire from long range, with Daunte Watson and Dytanya Mixson each firing home 3s.

Watson led the Thunderwolves with 20 points off the bench and five rebounds.

"My message was, 'Guys, we are beating ourselves right now. Yeah, they are long, they are athletic, but there were just mistakes that we were making, things we weren't doing," said Churnac. "The offensive rebounds, that got is in the first half, which we did a better job of in the second half down the stretch. They did have size on us. We talked about how we can't get in a jumping match with them."

Still trying to climb back into things in the opening half, Jamestown CC responded again with crucial buckets, this time in the form of a 3 by Pelissier, a floater from Heard and a jumper by Brian Mosquea off the bench.

Another 3 by Watson and a slam in transition gave Niagara County CC its double-digit lead back after the opening 20 minutes.

Jamestown CC came ever so close to taking a lead with 12:30 remaining to play in the second period, bringing things to a stalemate at 51-51. That run included back-to-back 3s from Heard, four straight points from Jared Fish and a nice assist inside by Sands.

In the following series, Jamestown CC surrendered another transition dunk to David Petit-Homme as well as a 3 to Najee Scott as the Thunderwolves were able to swing momentum back in their favor before the final push. 

Before the afternoon's contest began, Sands and Fish were both honored with NJCAA All-Region Second and Third-Team selections respectively.

"It just shows the work that they put in on the court. Obviously their numbers is what helped them get that," said Churnac. "In the beginning of the season, (Sands) was still trying to figure it out and then down the stretch here the past couple weeks he went on a run."

Fish led the Jayhawks with 20 points, while grabbing three rebounds and a steal, while Sands finished with 7 points, eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Heard's night included 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist.

"I thank them for letting me coach them for the rest of the year," said Churnac, who took over for former head coach and current Jamestown CC athletic director George Sisson in November. "They still believed in each other throughout the year and it got us to where we are now. I told them they have nothing to hang their heads about."

JAMESTOWN CC (71)

Heard 3-7 2-5 10, Fish 6-12 8-9 20, Daniels 4-12 0-0 9, Pelissier 5-9 1-1 13, Sands 3-11 1-1 7, Jernigan Jr. 0-1 1-2 1, Rumley 0-4 3-4 3, Canty 2-3 0-0 6, Gilliam 0-0 0-0 0, Mosquea 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 24-62 16-22 71.

NIAGARA CC (74)

Ramsahai 2-4 0-0 5, Scott 1-6 0-0 3, Mixson 4-8 0-0 10, Camara 2-8 1-3 5, Luke 1-3 2-2 4, Scantlebury 0-0 0-0 0, Kondrat 6-9 2-6 14, Anderson 1-2 0-2 2, Luckman 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 7-9 3-3 20, Petit-Homme 4-6 0-0 8, Nodine 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 29-59 9-18 74.

Halftime–Niagara CC 44, Jamestown CC 33. 3-point goals–Jamestown CC 7-25 (Heard 2-4, Daniels 1-4, Pelissier 2-5, Sands 0-7, Rumley 0-2, Canty 2-3), Niagara CC 7-24 (Ramsahai 1-1, Scott 1-5, Mixson 2-5, Camara 0-2, Kondrat 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Luckman 0-2, Watson 3-5, Petit-Homme 0-2). Rebounds–Jamestown CC 30 (Sands 8), Niagara CC 45 (Kondrat 7). Assists–Jamestown CC 10 (Daniels 4), Niagara CC 15 (Scantlebury 5). Totals Fouls–Jamestown CC 18, Niagara CC 24.

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