Blue Devils tie for second with fifth win in last six games

Blue Devils tie for second with fifth win in last six games

Kansas City Kansas Community College continued its late season Wednesday, knocking off Fort Scott 65-58 for the Blue Devils' fifth win in their last six starts.

            The win elevated the Blue Devils (10-13) in to a tie for second place in the Jayhawk Conference heading into a big home court collision with No. 3 ranked Highland (18-2) Saturday at 4 p.m. Both the Scotties and Blue Devils are 2-1 behind Johnson County (3-0).

            The Blue Devils lead almost wire-to-wire against Fort Scott, building leads of 14 and 15 points and then turning back every challenge by the Greyhounds, who fell to 13-10 overall and 1-2 in the league.

            Calvin Slaughter, a 6-2 freshman guard from Macon, Ga., led the Blue Devils with a game high 18 points including 11 in the opening half. Kelyn Bolton added eight points; Daiyon Taylor, Jalen Davis and Malcolm Tate seven points each; Cody Dortch six and Arother Ratliff and Taylor Turner five apiece in the well-balanced KCKCC attack.

            "An all-around good team win," said KCKCC Coach Kelley Newton. "Calvin Slaughter played well, was real aggressive and got some big rebounds."

            KCKCC opened a 32-25 halftime lead despite only going to the free throw line one time while Fort Scott was 7-of-9. "We did a better job the second half (9-of-16)," said Newton. "It was an ugly win but that's okay. We kept pounding away. A win anytime this time of the season is a big win."

            Good ball-handling was a big factor in KCKCC gaining control – just three turnovers in the 32-25 first half and 10 for the game compared to 16 Fort Scott errors.

            Three Slaughter field goals and two each by Bolton and Davis fired KCKCC to an early 19-7 lead and the Blue Devils opened the margin to 27-13 on 3-pointers by Slaughter and Dortch. However, the Greyhounds closed the gap to 27-25 before a 3-pointer by Tate and a Slaughter layup in the final 30 seconds reopened the halftime lead to 32-25.

            The Blue Devils opened a 43-28 lead with 15 minutes left in the game only to have Fort Scott cut the deficit to 47-44 midway through the second half and the KCKCC lead was just 51-46 when Tate scored on an acrobatic layup and Dortch drained a 3-pointer to open a game-clinching 10-point lead.