DANVILLE — The Wayne County Community College Wildcats ran past the Des Moines Area Community College Bears in the second half Thursday en route to a 68-53 win at the NJCAA Division II Tournament.
The Wildcats trailed at halftime 30-29, and the Bears stretched there lead to four with 12 minutes, 38 seconds to go but that was short lasting, the Wildcats started a 30-5 run that lasted over 11 minutes of game play.
”Our defense was key in that run,” said Wayne County head coach Rogeric Turner “Our guys came to play today, we got back to who we are, we have to grind games out to win.”
Defense wasn’t the only key to the run however, as Wildcats guard Dererraul Jackson had 17 of his game-high 26 during the run.
“Jackson sparked the run for us,” said Turner “We normally go as he and Shawn Duncan go, the team starts believing when they put the ball in the basket, the rest of the team started doing the little things and we took off.”
Des Monies Area Community College head coach B.J. McGinn was caught on the wrong side of the run.
”Give Wayne County credit,” said McGinn “They made plays when they needed to, Jackson had one heck of a game, he got it going, I thought he was the difference in the basketball game.”
McGinn was able to take some positives away from the loss.
”We held them to 68 points, they normally score in the 90’s,” said McGinn “We held all three teams we played in the 60’s, which doesn’t happen very often in Junior College basketball especially here at this kind of tournament.”
Andre Jackson added 10 for the Wildcats, Paul Standtke chipped in nine, and Tyrie Flowers totaled seven.
The Bears were led by Brandon Nazione with 15, Jamar Hurdle off the bench with 12, and Jon Fuqua and Tyler Steeve both chipped in eight.
“This is exciting to be here,” said Turner. “I would hope that every player had the chance to see this, this is awesome, we really appreciate it.”
The Wildcats can be excited for another few days as they will be back in action for 5th place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mary Miller Gymnasium.