Local Sports Journal

BAY CITY – Down by just one points, and with the ball, with under two minutes to go in Monday’s match up with Delta College, the Muskegon Community College MCC Basketbalmens basketball team failed to convert some key possessions down the stretch, while also missing some essential rebounds in the final minute, to fall to host Delta College 85-75.

It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Jayhawks grabbing a narrow one-point lead at the break.

Despite shooting over 50 percent from the field and over 41percent from beyond the three-point arc, and while committing just seven turnovers for the contest, MCC couldn’t finish off the Pioneers.

“In the end,” said Jayhawk head coach Dave Schlump, “the difference was late-minute execution and the free throw line.”

Delta college knocked back 21-of-28 free throws, while MCC finished with just nine attempts (9-for-13) from the charity stripe.

It was the Jayhawks’ most balanced offensive performance of the year, as all five MCC starts finished with double-digit scoring, including Muskegon High School grad Rashard Donely, who led the team with 15 points.

Marquise Hatter (West Ottawa), Jake Anderson (Grant) and Chase Casebolt (Montague) all finished with 14 points each and Tyiwan Jones (Lansing Eastern) added 12 points in the loss.

Turean Conor (Kenwood, Chicago) provided a spark for the Jayhawks off the bench with six points.

Tre Johnson (Saginaw) led the Pioneers with 21 points, and Gabe Blalock added 19 points in the victory.