College Sports: 'Hounds drop chance to gain tie-breaker (02/15/17)

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'Hounds drop chance to gain tie-breaker

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fort Scott Community College's men failed to take an opportunity to gain a key tie-breaker in post-season seeding Saturday as the Greyhounds took a 62-50 loss to Johnson County in Jayhawk Conference-Division II/Region VI play at Arnold Arena.

Fort Scott and Johnson County are now tied for third in the region along with Labette, all of which are 4-4. Brown Mackie lurks just behind at 3-4 in the region.

The top two seeds in Region VI get first-round byes in the post-season Division II Tournament and are guaranteed to host a semifinal game. Currently, Kansas City (6-1) is a game and a half in front of Highland (5-3) for the No. 1 seed, although the Scotties have won the one meeting so far between them this season. The third and fourth seeds get first-round home games. The team that finishes seventh in the region -- currently Hesston (1-7) -- does not qualify for the tournament.

With the loss, Fort Scott (4-2 conference, 12-14 overall) and Johnson County (2-4, 18-8) split the season series, each winning on the other's home court. That means neither has a tie-breaker over the other right now. The Greyhounds hold a tie-breaker over Labette (12-13 overall), sweeping that season series. Johnson County has a win over Labette with the rematch scheduled for Wednesday night.

Johnson County, led by 18 points from both Anthony Lupardus and Marquan Wilson, led Saturday's game at the half, 36-22.

Tyler Zinn scored 12 points off the bench for the Greyhounds. Brolon Moton followed with 9 points.

The Greyhounds shot just 36 percent from the floor, making 19 of 53 field-goal attempts. The Cavaliers shot 43 percent on 22 of 51 and also outrebounded the 'Hounds, 41-20.

The Greyhounds play at Hesston tonight, looking to avenge a 66-62 loss at Arnold Arena on Jan. 21 that has held up as the Larks' only win in the region. If Hesston wins again, the Larks will sweep the season series, which could be a major handicap for the 'Hounds in any tie-breaking scenario.

Fort Scott is also now a game and a half behind Kansas City in conference play. KCK is 6-1 in the division, which includes a 22-point win over the Greyhounds in Kansas City on Jan. 28.


JOHNSON COUNTY: Larkin 1-5 0-0 2, Edwards 3-8 1-2 9, Schrader 0-1 0-0 0, Turner 2-3 1-2 5, Lupardus 6-12 2-2 18, Wilson 8-11 1-2 18, Myers 0-3 1-2 1, McLemore 0-0 2-2 2, Baldeh 1-3 2-4 4, Carins 1-5 0-0 3. TOTALS: 22-51 10-16 62.

FORT SCOTT: Walker 1-10 2-2 4, Moore Jr. 3-7 0-0 7, Cerda 3-8 1-2 8, Motos 4-6 1-1 9, Setter 1-2 1-2 3, Miller 2-7 0-0 4, Sherman 1-2 1-3 4, Zinn 4-9 2-2 12, Walls 0-2 0-0 0, Freeman 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19-53 8-13 50.

Johnson County...... 36 26 -- 62

Fort Scott................... 22 28 -- 50

Three-point field goals: Johnson County 8-19 (Lupardus 4-6, Edwards 2-5, Wilson 1-1, Carins 1-4, Baldeh 0-1, Myers 0-2), Fort Scott 4-15 (Zinn 2-5, Moore Jr. 1-1, Cerda 1-2, Walker 0-1, Walls 0-1, Miller 0-5).

Total fouls: Johnson County 11, Fort Scott 16. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: Johnson County 41 (Edwards 7, Wilson 7), Fort Scott 20 (Cerda 6). Assists: Johnson County 19 (Larkin 12), Fort Scott 14 (Walker 7). Turnovers: Johnson County 17, Fort Scott 15. Steals: Johnson County 8 (Larkin 4), Fort Scott 6 (Zinn 2). Blocked shots: Johnson County 2 (Turner, Myers), Fort Scott 2 (Cerda, Stepter).

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