OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The No. 3 seed KCKCC men's basketball team and No. 2 seed Johnson County CC played a defensive-minded game in a low scoring affair Wednesday night, which ended in a 44-42 loss for the Blue Devils in the KJCCC Region VI Tournament semifinals.
KCKCC's season comes to an end with a 21-10 overall record, making it their most wins since 2015-16.
It was a battle early as JCCC was the first to reach 10 points, breaking an 8-8 tie at the 9:08 mark. Caleb Jones would later make two free throws, while Shayon Janloo and Cortez Howlett traded baskets to give the Blue Devils a 14-12 lead roughly six minutes later. The Blue Devils held on to the lead and took a 21-19 halftime advantage after a free throw from JCCC's Tymer Jackson.
Both offenses continued to struggle in the second half, while the biggest lead reached just four points in the period. With 3:34 left in the half the Cavaliers led 41-37 before Jones hit a layup and Joshua Dames connected on a three-pointer to give the team a 42-41 lead at the 1:54 mark. JCCC then scored three straight points and had a two-point lead with 20 seconds to go. The Blue Devils had one final possession, but were unable to cash in and the Cavaliers held on for the narrow victory.