DANVILLE — The Cincinnati State Community College Surge came into the NJCAA Division II National Tournament as the No.1 seed but after Thursday night’s to the Central Community College Raiders, the dream of a National Championship was over.
The Surge were able to erase that disappointment with a 82-55 drumming of Fort Scott Community College on Friday.
“Normally in a situation like this when you don’t have a National Title to play for, guys try to get theirs,” said Surge head coach Andre Tate. “And we didn’t have that today.”
Tate credits a veteran team and still having goals ahead of them for the reasoning of them not coming out disappointed.
“I have a good veteran group,” said Tate. “They know what’s at stake and we still have a lot to play for — a chance to win 30 games, that’s a great season for us.”
Defensive pressure is the calling card of the Surge and they forced the Greyhounds into 28 turnovers and turned it into 44 points.
“Our game plan going into the game was to pick them up full court and wear them down, but their point guard is so fast he gave us trouble early,” said Tate. “We had to go to the 1-3-1 defense and we did a good job of that today.”
The Surge took a 34-27 lead into halftime and quickly expanded the lead to double digits and never looked back getting the lead up to as many as 31.
The Surge offense was paced behind a game-high 23 points from Winston Grays, McKinley Bell added 15, and Chrisean Marsden chipped in 10.
“I think last night took a toll on us emotionally and physically,” said Greyhounds head coach Michael Cook “It’s hard to regroup after a hard fought loss the night before, we couldn’t make shots from the three point line, our legs were gone.”