The two regular-season meetings between the Hutchinson Community College and Pratt Community College men’s basketball teams went overtime. The way both teams got to their third meeting of the 2013-14 season, there is no telling what might happen.
Hutchinson and Pratt will meet in the Region VI Tournament Championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita. The winner gets an automatic bid into the NJCAA Men’s National Tournament March 17-22 at the Sports Arena.
Hutchinson (26-7) and Pratt (21-12) have met 12 previous times in Region VI competition, the first since 1994. This will be the first-ever championship game meeting between the Blue Dragons and Beavers.
The defending Region VI champion Blue Dragons go after their 20th all-time Region VI championship. They reached the finals by posting their largest comeback of the season - 13 points - in defeating upstart Northwest Kansas Tech 92-81 in the semifinals on Friday.
Pratt led its semifinal with Jayhawk West champion Seward County almost the entire game, but tied with 3.3 seconds to play, punched its ticket to the final with a Javis Flynn 40-foot buzzer-beater to eliminate the Saints 71-68.
Pratt is looking for its first Region VI championship since 2005.
Both regular-season matchups between Hutchinson and Pratt have been overtime thrillers. Kadeem Allen had 31 points and Coreantae DeBerry had 17 points and 14 rebounds in an 88-85 OT win at Pratt on Jan. 25. Robert Davis had 29 for the Beavers.
At the Sports Arena on Feb. 15, six Blue Dragons scored in double figures led by Austin Budke’s 20 as Hutchinson outlasted the Beavers 92-84 in overtime.
The last three meetings between Hutchinson and Pratt, dating back to last season, have gone into overtime
Game 34 - Region VI Tournament Championship
Hutchinson (26-7) vs. Pratt (21-12)
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
Site: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS (Capacity: 10,656)
Radio: KHMY-FM (93.1) - Glen Grunwald (PBP); Daren Dunn (Analysis), 6:50 p.m.
Internet Video, Live Stats: www.bluedragonsports.com, 6:50 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per day; $5 HCC students
Blue Dragon history in Region VI Tournament
Nineteen Region VI championships turned into 17 appearances in the NJCAA Tournament and two junior college national championships for the Blue Dragons.
Since the regional system was instituted by the NJCAA in 1954, the Blue Dragons are a staggering 123-43 in regional play.
HCC makes its 58th Region VI appearance, missing only in 1989 and 1991.
Last season, Hutchinson ended a 16-year Region VI championship drought, winning its 19th Region VI championship.
In 2010, the Blue Dragons ended a five-year drought of semifinal appearances and have advanced that far in Steve Eck’s first two seasons at the helm.
Hutchinson and Northwest Kansas Tech will be playing for the second-straight year in the Region VI Tournament. HCC defeated Tech 90-82 in the opening round in 2013.
Hutchinson is making its 28th Region VI championship game appearance. The Dragons are 19-8 in the finals. HCC has won the last three finals appearances in 1994, 1997 and 2013.
About the 2013-14 Blue Dragons
+ The Blue Dragons led the Jayhawk West in scoring offense this season at 88.8 points per game. HCC broke 90 points 14 times and 100 points five times. HCC is shooting 49.1 percent overall, 31.4 percent from 3-point range and 71.9 percent from the foul line.
+ The Blue Dragons have had their defensive struggles at times this season. HCC is allowing 82.2 points per game, which if it stands would be the highest scoring average allowed in program history. Opposing teams are shooting 42.9 percent overall and 31.6 percent from 3-point range.
+ All-American Kadeem Allen led the Jayhawk West and is the second-leading scorer in the nation at 26.2 points per game. He is shooting 46.0 percent overall, 31.3 percent from 3-point range and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line. He is averaging 7.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
+ Missing a total of 14 games over two different segments of this season because of injuries, second-leading scorer DeShawn Freeman has played in the last four games. Freeman is averaging 16.1 points and 56.1 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent.
+ Sophomore center Coreantae DeBerry is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. DeBerry is third in the NJCAA in field-goal percentage at 69.4 percent.
+ Sophomore Tafari Whittingham made a return to the lineup on Thursday after missing 12 games because of an injury, but missed Friday’s game. He is HCC’s leading rebounder with 7.5 boards per game. He was averaging 9.8 points per game. Whittingham had three double-doubles this season.
+ Sophomore guard Darrick Wood is averaging 13.5 points per game. He is shooting 44.0 percent from the field. He is second on the team with 35 makes, Wood is shooting 31.0 percent from distance. He shoots 80.9 percent from the free-throw line.
+ After scoring a career-best 20 point vs. Pratt on Feb. 15 vs. Pratt, freshman Austin Budke has battled the injury bug. Budke is averaging 8.2 points per game, 9.2 points in Jayhawk West games this season. Budke is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including 37.3 percent on 31 makes from 3-point range. Budke is also averaging 3.0 rebounds per game.
+ Sophomore Nathan Jackson has scored in double figures in 20 of 33 games, including 9 of his last 12 games. Jackson now averaging to 9.9 points while shooting 54.0 percent from the floor and 5.0 rebounds per game. Jackson had his first career double-double vs. Seward County in February.
+ Sophomore B.J. Watson and freshman Darius Freeman have been huge spark plugs for the Blue Dragons during the rash in injuries this season. Watson has started 8 of 31 games played and averaged 4.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He had a career-high 23 points and six steals vs. Cloud County. Freeman comes off a career-high 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers vs. Allen in the Region VI opening round.
+ The Blue Dragons have been hot and cold in the rebounding department this season. The Blue Dragons average 40.7 rebounds per game, including 12.90 offensive rebounds per game. Hutchinson has allowed 39.7 rebounds per game, including a huge 16.2 offensive boards per contest. Opponents have cashed in an average of 13.8 points per game on second-chance points. Hutchinson has been out-rebounded 14 times this season.
+ HCC turns the ball over 14.1 times per game and forces 14.4 takeaways per game.
+ The Dragons are averaging 16.9 assists per game.
+ HCC is second in the league in blocked shots with 5.4 per game. Hutch had a season-high 10 swats vs. Garden City and tied that mark with 10 on Thursday vs. Butler.
+ Because of injuries, Blue Dragon players have missed a combined 50 games this season. Zach Winter is out for the season with an injury.
+ The Beavers have been more than pesky down the stretch in defeating Labette, Coffeyville and Jayhawk West champion Seward County in a march to their first Region VI final since 2005.
+ Pratt advanced to the finals with a thrilling 71-68 victory over Seward County when Javin Flynn swished a 40-foot buzzer-beater in the semifinals on Friday.
+ Offensively, the Beavers are averaging 78.1 points per game. They are shooting 47.0 percent overall and 36.1 percent from 3-point range. Pratt hits 6.8 3-pointers per game.
+ Defensively, Pratt is allowing 70.0 points per game. The Beavers are allowing 40.3 percent overall shooting and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.
+ Jesse Shaw’s team is balanced offensively with two players averaging in double figures and three more at 9.0-plus points per game.
+ Robert Davis is a true 3-point threat at 37.9 percent from distance. Davis is averaging 13.7 points per game, shooting 42.9 percent. He averages 3.6 rebounds.
+ Kevin Allen is averaging 12.7 points per game. He 61.6 percent and averaging 8.4 rebounds. As part of the top shot-blocking team in the league, Allen is second in the conference in rejections with a team-high 57 rejections.
+ Deshun Roberts averages 9.7 points per game. He shoots 43.5 percent overall and 29.3 percent from 3-point range. He averages 4.3 boards per game.
+ Point guard Javis Flynn averages 6.3 points per game, but he is the Jayhawk West leader in assists at 7.04 helpers per game. Defensively, Flynn is a defensive stalwart as well. He has a team-high 58 steals.
+ Kaion Seals is shooting 52.0 percent from the field, averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
+ Taylor Schieber is another 3-point threat 42.2 percent from the field on an average of 1.8 makes per game. Schieber averages 8.1 points per game.
+ The Beavers pull down 40.3 rebounds per game and allow opponents 32.3 caroms per game. Pratt gets 14.0 offensive rebounds per game.
+ Pratt has done a good job of taking care of the ball, turning the ball over just 14.5 turnovers per game. The Beavers are forcing 12.1 turnovers per game.
+ Pratt averages 17.8 assists, 6.9 steals and a league-high 5.6 blocked shots per game.
Series history vs. Pratt
This will be the 159th meeting between Hutchinson and Pratt in a series that began in 1939.
The Blue Dragons own a decisive 135-23 all-time record against the Beavers. The Blue Dragons have won 10 in a row and 13 of the last 14 against the Beavers.
The Blue Dragons are 65-11 all-time against Pratt in games played in Hutchinson and 55-7 at the Sports Arena. HCC owns a 58-11 record at Pratt. Hutchinson and Pratt have met 11 times in the postseason. HCC has won 10 of the 11. The last Region VI meeting was 1994. Pratt’s only postseason win over Hutchinson came in 1959.
The 135 victories are the most by Hutchinson against any opponent.
(HCC Sports Information)
The season-long collision course between the Hutchinson Community College and Butler Community College women’s basketball teams is now imminent. The No. 3 Lady Dragons and No. 6 Grizzlies will play each other for the Region VI Tournament championship at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita.
The game will be videostreamed live on the Blue Dragon Sports Network and broadcast live on KHMY-FM (93.1) beginning at 4:50 p.m.
Because of Butler’s move to the Jayhawk East this season, these long-time conference rivals didn’t meet in the regular season, but meet in the postseason for the second-consecutive year. HCC defeated Butler 60-59 in the 2013 Region VI semifinals.
Riding a 32-game winning streak, the No. 3-ranked Lady Dragons (31-0) defeated Garden City 68-56 in Friday’s semifinal. Jamie Patrick had a team-high 15 points, while Kalani Purcell had her second regional double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Jayhawk East champion Butler has won 30 consecutive games, riding through the Jayhawk East unbeaten. The Grizzlies have defeated Cloud County and Barton in their first two games in Wichita.
With the second year of the 24-team national tournament format, both teams will likely play in the NJCAA Division I National Basketball Tournament March 17-22 in Salina. The winner should get a Top-8 national seed and an opening-round by, thus playing four games en route to a possible national title shot. The loser of Saturday’s contest will have to play five games to have a chance at a championship.
Game 32 - Region VI Championship
No. 3 Hutchinson (31-0) vs. No. 6 Butler (32-1)
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tipoff: 5 p.m.
Site: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS (Capacity: 10,656)
Radio: KHMY-FM (93.1), 4:50 p.m. Glen Grunwald (PBP); Daren Dunn (analyst)
Internet Video, Live Stats: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 4:50 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per day; $5 HCC students (with student ID)
Lady Dragon history in Region VI Tournament
The Lady Dragons are making their 37th appearance in the Region VI Tournament. Hutchinson is 49-32 all-time in the regional tournament.
Hutchinson has won four regional championships 1977, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Last season, the Lady Dragons won the program’s fourth regional title, defeating Cowley 70-43 in the championship game and advance all the way to the NJCAA Final Four, ultimately finishing third in the tournament.
Only three times have the Lady Dragons failed to appear in the regional tournament. Hutch failed to make the field in 1982 after a 14-11 season and in 1989 after a 17-12 season. Hutch didn’t make the 2001 field because of an NJCAA probation.
The Lady Dragons will make their sixth championship-game appearance, third in row and fourth in the last six years. HCC played Highland in 1977, Cowley County in 1978, Seward County in 2009, Cloud County in 2011, Independence in 2012 and Cowley last season.
HCC is now 28-9 in opening-round games, winning eight in a row. The Lady Dragons are 11-17 in quarterfinal games, 6-5 in semifinal games and 4-1 in championship games.
Before 2009, HCC went 21 seasons without a semifinal appearance.
Hutchinson and Butler will meet for the third time in the Region VI Tournament. HCC holds a 2-0 lead with victories in 2011 and 2013.
Noting The Lady Dragons
+ The Lady Dragons enter the Region VI finals scoring 80.5 points per game offensively. HCC is shooting 47.8 percent overall, 35.0 percent from 3-point range and 65.5 percent from the free-throw line. HCC is averaging 4.77 3-pointers per game.
+ Defensively, HCC has led the Jayhawk Conference all season, leads the NJCAA in field-goal defense and is No. 5 in the country in scoring defense. The Lady Dragons allow 49.5 points per game. Opponents are shooting 30.1 percent overall and 24.9 percent from distance.
+ All-Jayhawk West first-team guard Jamie Patrick is HCC’s leading scorer at 17.7 points per contest. Patrick is shooting 54.7 percent overall. She has a team-high 54 3-pointers and is shooting 39.4 percent 3-point range. Patrick is shooting a team-high 80.7 percent at the free-throw line. Patrick averages 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
+ Jayhawk West Freshman of the Year Kalani Purcell is averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in her freshman season. Purcell has 18 games of 10 or more rebounds and a team-high 14 double-doubles this season. Purcell is shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Now No. 2 on the single-season steals list with 117, Purcell also is second on the team with 117 assists and a team-high 45 blocks.
+ Sophomore point guard Jen’Von’Ta Hill, a second-team all-conference performer, is averaging 10.6 points per game. She is shooting 38.2 percent overall, 28.2 percent from 3-point range and 61.4 percent from the foul line. Hill led the Jayhawk West in assists this season. One of four HCC players ever with 300 or more career assists, Hill ranks No. 6 in single-season assists with 162 assists. She is second on the team in steals with 87.
+ Sophomore forward Kiarra Jones was the Jayhawk West leader in field-goal percentage at 56.4 percent. She is averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.
+ Sophomore Briana Starks is averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Before a 5 of 7 game vs. Allen last Saturday, Starks was shooting just 32 percent over her last six games.
+ Freshman Shakira Harding averages 7.9 points per game. Second on the team in made 3-pointers, Harding has improved her shooting performance from long range to 37.3 percent. She shoots 75.0 percent at the free-throw line.
+ Freshman Chelsea Dewey is averaging 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds.
+ The Lady Dragons have out-rebounded all 31 opponents this season. HCC is averages 46.8 rebounds per game, including 15.1 offensive boards. HCC has 14 games of 50 or more rebounds this season, which includes a season-high 61 rebounds against Mesa. HCC is allowing 31.7 rebounds per game.
+ The Lady Dragons are averaging a league-best 19.6 assists per game.
+ Turnovers have been an issue for HCC so far this season. The Lady Dragons are turning the ball over 16.8 times per game, although just 11.9 turnovers over their last seven games. HCC forces 21.5 turnovers per game. Shockingly, opponents haven’t been able to take full advantage of the Lady Dragon miscues. Opponents have averaged only 10.5 points off HCC turnovers per game.
+ Hutchinson leads the Jayhawk West in team steals at 13.9 steals per game.
+ The Lady Dragons are third in the West in blocked shots at 3.8 rejections per game.
+ Under head coach Mike Helmer, Butler has continued to improve each season, guiding the Grizzlies this season to the regional finals and likely an NJCAA Tournament berth.
+ Butler’s only loss was a controversial 63-62 setback to Murray State in early November. Since the Grizzlies have reeled of a program-best 30 consecutive wins and a team-record 32 victories overall. Butler ran the table en route to winning the Jayhawk East by three games.
+ The Grizzlies average 82.4 points per game offensively, winning by 29 points per game. They are shooting 45.1 percent overall, 31.0 percent from 3-point range and 72.1 percent at the line.
+ Defensively, Butler is allowing 53.4 points per game. Opponents are shooting 32.6 percent overall and 27.0 percent from 3-point range.
+ The Grizzlies are led by All-Jayhawk East first-team performer Te’era Williams, who is averaging a double-double at 19.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Williams is shooting 59.8 percent from the field and a robust 78.5 percent from the foul line.
+ Ashley Gibson is shooting 57.9 percent from the field and is averaging 13.2 points per game. She also averages 5.9 rebounds and has steals.
+ Teanna Reid averages 11.8 points and has team highs of 148 assists and 84 steals.
+ Butler has three primary 3-point gunners. Shayla Williams is shooting 47.3 percent on 35 makes. Reid has 31 makes and shoots 30.7 percent. Ashlee Ivy has 27 3-pointers.
+ Butler averages 43.4 rebounds per game, including 15.4 offensive rebounds per game.
+ The Grizzlies are averaging 18.5 assists, 13.5 steals and 3.2 blocked shots.
+ Butler averages 15.6 turnovers, but 21.9 takeaways per game.
Series History vs. Butler
This will be the 78th all-time meeting between Hutchinson and Butler in a series that dates back to 1976.
The Lady Dragons own a 50-27 all-time series advantage. HCC is 26-11 in games played at the Sports Arena, 22-16 in games played in El Dorado and 2-0 in neutral floors.
HCC is 2-0 in Region VI Tournament games vs. Butler.
(HCC Sports Information)
WICHITA – The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team will have an opportunity to defend its Region VI championship, but the Blue Dragons had to go through some intense adversity to get there.
The Blue Dragons made their largest comeback of the season to advance to the Region VI Tournament championship game with a 92-81 semifinal victory over Northwest Kansas Technical College on Friday at Charles Koch Arena.
Hutchinson (28-5) advances to its 29th Region VI Tournament championship game to play the upstart Pratt Beavers at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Pratt knocked off Seward County 71-68 on a 40-foot buzzer-beater by Javis Flynn.
Just how much adversity did the Blue Dragons face against the Mavericks?
+ Hutchinson didn’t score until the 15:43 mark of the first half and trailed by as many as 13 points four times in the first half.
+ All-American Kadeem Allen picked up his fourth foul with 2:30 to play in the first half with HCC trailing 41-28. He didn’t return to the game until the 7:10 mark of the second half.
+ DeShawn Freeman, who posted his second double-double of the season to lead the HCC comeback, was lost for the final 2:21 of the game after being ejected following his second technical foul.
Through it all, Hutchinson managed to cut that 13-point first-half deficit to five by halftime. Led by Freeman, a huge second-half by sophomore Nathan Jackson and a key contribution from sophomore B.J. Watson, HCC shot 59.3 percent in the second half and outscored the Mavericks 56-40.
Freeman led Hutchinson with 24 points on 7 of 11 shooting and 10 of 14 from the foul line. He had a career-high 12 rebounds and tied a career high with blocked shots.
Jackson scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half. Watson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and two assists. Strapped with foul trouble, Allen still reached double figures with 11 points to become jus the third Blue Dragon ever to reach the 1,400-point mark for a career.
Freshman Austin Budke hit two huge 3-pointers and finished with nine points. Sophomore Darrick Wood also finished with nine points.
The Blue Dragons shot right at 50 percent for the game (28 of 56), hitting 4 of 11 from 3-point range and 32 of 44 from the free-throw line. Tech out-rebounded HCC 41-38, but the Dragons had just 10 turnovers.
Northwest Tech was led by All-Region guard Gian Clavell, who had 27 points, but on 6 of 17 overall shooting. He did have five 3-pointers. Last season in Hutchinson’s Region VI opening-round victory over Northwest Tech, Clavell torched the Blue Dragons for 37 points and five 3-pointers.
James Sylvester had 10 points, while Lamar Britton and John Carballo had eight points each. The Mavericks (20-13) finished at 39.3 percent from the floor (24 of 61), hitting 7 of 22 from 3-point range and 26 of 40 from the foul line. The Mavericks had 13 turnovers.
The first seven minutes of the game were a complete nightmare for HCC. Northwest Tech scored the first five points of the game and led 10-2 with 14:21 to play in the opening half and had a 14-4 lead with 13:22 to play. HCC opened the game 2 of 10 with three turnovers to start the game.
Northwest Tech led 36-23 with 3:12 to play, but HCC cut its deficit to eight points after two Allen free throws at the 2:39 mark. Nine seconds later, Allen was whistled for his third personal foul and had a fourth tacked on with a technical foul. Tech made a five-point play out of hit to build a 41-28 lead with 2:30 remaining.
Budke started the Dragon comeback with a 3-pointer at the 1:32 mark. Freeman hit two free throws and then blocked a shot to get a stop with 30 seconds to play. Watson the converted a three-point play after being fouled on a drive to the hoop to close the half on an 8-0 to trail Tech 41-36 at halftime.
HCC continued that run to start the second half with an 8-0 run, getting a Freeman dunk to take the lead and a Jackson jumper to build a 44-41 lead with 17:20 remaining.
Sylvester finally ended the Northwest scoring drought at 6 minutes, 24 seconds with a jumper. The next four minutes, the game stayed at a one-possession game. Leading 54-51, back-to-back buckets by Jackson and Freeman boosted the margin to 58-51. Less than 1 minute later, Freshman Andre Sands got a key putback and was fouled. He converted the three-point play to lead 61-53 with 10:41 to go in the game.
Clavell’s fourth 3-pointer of the game pulled the Mavericks within 65-61 with 8:14 to play, HCC went on 6-0 run to push the lead back to 10 at 71-61 after a Darrick Wood bucket with 6:07 to go. Despite hitting just 1 of 18 from the free-throw line, the Blue Dragons pulled away, out-shooting Tech 59.3-39.4 percent in the second half.
GAME NOTES – HCC is now 2-0 all-time vs. Northwest Kansas Tech with both games coming in the Region VI Tournament in 2013 and 2014. … HCC is now 123-43 all-time in Region VI games. … The Blue Dragons are 19-8 in championship game appearances. … HCC posted all-time victory No. 1,654. … Head coach Steve Eck moved within two victories of Dave Farrar and fifth place on the conference coaching list with 135 wins. … Kadeem Allen jumped up to No. 5 on the single-season assists list with 188. … HCC had its largest overall comeback (13 points) and halftime comeback (five points) this season. … HCC is 11-0 when shooting 50 percent or better and are 9-5 when being out-rebounded.
(HCC Sports Information)
WICHITA – The No. 3-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team overcame and incredible performance by Garden City’s Shauqunna Collins on Friday to return to the Region VI Tournament championship game for the fourth-straight season.
Hutchinson defeated Jayhawk West rival Garden City for the third time this season, eliminating the Broncbusters in Friday’s Region VI semifinals 68-56 at Charles Koch Arena.
The Lady Dragons earned a fourth-straight regional finals berth and sixth overall. Hutchinson (31-0) will meet No. 6 Butler (32-1) at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2014 NJCAA Women’s National Tournament. The loser will likely receive an at-large bid.
The Lady Dragons won their 32nd consecutive game with a strong effort by their Jayhawk Conference-leading defense. HCC held Garden City to 18 of 48 shooting (37.5 percent), going just 1 of 5 from 3-point range. Garden City also turned the ball over 24 times, leading to a 22-9 Hutch advantage in points off turnovers.
But Garden City (18-14) stayed in the game with the effort of Collins, who scored half of Garden City’s points with 28 on 9 of 20 shooting and 10 of 13 from the free-throw line. Collins’ free throws with 5:41 to play pulled Garden City within 55-50. From that point, HCC outscored the Busters 13-6. Garden City missed 7 of its final 10 shot attempts. Hutch had just two field goals in the final five minutes, but was 8 of 8 from the foul line over that stretch to close out the victory.
Sophomore Jamie Patrick led three Hutchinson players scoring in double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds. Patrick was a perfect 3 of 3 from 3-point range. Sophomore Briana Starks had eight of her 14 points in the first half.
Freshman Kalani Purcell posted her second-straight and 14th of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Purcell also had five steals and four assists.
Freshman Shakira Harding had nine points and sophomore Jen’Von’Ta Hill had seven points, despite playing only two minutes of the first half with foul trouble.
The Lady Dragons his 21 of 46 field-goal attempts (45.7 percent), hitting 4 of 10 from 3-point range and 22 of 30 from the free-throw line. HCC had to overcome 22 turnovers, but out-rebounded Garden City 31-29.
Jasmine Christmas was the only other Garden City player with 11 points. Loysha Morris had seven.
Hutchinson held Garden City scoreless for a stretch of 5 minutes, 1 second as the Lady Dragons opened the game with a 12-5 run; scoring 12 unanswered after the Busters tallied the first five points.
Leading 21-15, HCC stretched its lead to double figures for the first time on back-to-back baskets by Starks and freshman Chelsea Dewey to build a 25-15 lead with 8:40 remaining in the half.
HCC’s offense then went silent for nearly 4 full minutes, but Garden City couldn’t take full advantage. Still an 8-0 run brought Garden City within 26-24 with 4:37 to play after two Collins’ free throws. A Purcell free throw at the 2:02 mark gave HCC a five-point lead, but Garden City got four free-throws from Jasmine Christmas and Tori Spann in the final 1:21 and Hutchinson led 31-30 at halftime.
A couple of early 3-pointers by Patrick and Hill seemed to give HCC a bit of momentum. Leading 37-34, HCC stretched the lead to 42-34 after a Hill steal and layup with 16:06 to play.
Patrick dropped a pair of 3-pointers in the middle stages of the second half. The first bumped the lead back to double figures at 52-41 with 9:33 remaining. The second at the 8:49 mark gave the Lady Dragons their largest lead of the game at 55-43.
From that point, HCC scored just two more field goals and Garden City scored seven unanswered points to pull within 55-50 with 5:41 to play.
Hutchinson’s defense took over from there in spurring a game-clinching 13-6 run. The Busters didn’t score in the final 1:43 of the game.
GAME NOTES – Hutchinson is now 49-32 all-time in the Region VI Tournament, going 1-1 vs. Garden City in tournament play. … HCC head coach John Ontjes is now 20-3 in Region VI games. … HCC is 62-16 all-time vs. Garden City. … Jamie Patrick jumped up to No. 4 in career field goals with 371. She is alone in sixth place in career 3-pointers with 122. … Patrick jumped up to No. 5 on the single-season scoring list with 550 points. He moved up to No. 5 in single-season field goals with 202. … Kalani Purcell moved into a tie for fourth place in single-season blocked shots with 45. … The HCC sophomores won their 67th game. … Purcell had her 17th game this season with 10 or more rebounds and 12th game of five or more steals. … HCC’s 31 rebounds were a season low. … HCC forced 20 or more turnovers for the 20th time this season.
(HCC Sports Information)
Hutchinson Community College All-American All-American Kadeem Allen continues build an impressive legacy in a Blue Dragon uniform.
On Friday morning, Allen became the first Blue Dragon in program history to earn back-to-back Jayhawk Conference Western Division MVP awards. Allen is a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Wilmington, N.C.
Joining Allen on the 2014 Jayhawk West first team is sophomore center Coreantae DeBerry, who is a 6-11 sophomore center from Holland, Mich.
KADEEM ALLEN – Jayhawk West MVP
In becoming a rare freshman MVP, Allen averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
Allen’s sophomore performance, by comparison, makes those marks look paltry.
Allen led the Jayhawk Conference and was second in the NJCAA in scoring 26.6 points per game, shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.5 percent from the foul line.
He has posted the only two triple-doubles in team history and has eight double-doubles. Allen has 13 career 30-point games and a career-high 41 points this season.
Entering Friday’s Region VI semifinals, Allen is No. 3 on Hutchinson’s singles-season scoring list with 826 points. His 26.6 point scoring average is second best in HCC history. Allen also ranks sixth in single-season assists (183) and is just out of the single-season Top 10 for steals with 70. Allen already holds the single-season record for free throws made with 268.
Allen has had four games of 10 or more assists this season.
Allen is the third-leading career scoring in Blue Dragon history with 1,397 points. Allen is No. 2 in career assists (313), No. 2 in career steals (151), third in career scoring average with 451 points and is the career leader in made free throws (428).
Allen was a nine-time Jayhawk Conference Division I men’s Player of the Week and a two-time NJCAA Division I Men’s Player of the Week.
Allen joins Joe Mitchell, Darius Johnson-Odom, Bobby Maize and Brandon Gary has recent Blue Dragon conference MVPs.
Allen will play next season at the University of Arizona.
COREANTAE DeBERRY – Jayhawk West 1st Team
DeBerry, a transfer from Mott Community College, has made his presence felt in the paint for the Blue Dragons.
For the season, DeBerry is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting a Jayhawk Conference-best 69.1 percent from the field, which ranks No. 4 in the NJCAA.
DeBerry has seven career double-doubles, all coming with the Blue Dragons.
His biggest single game was 26 points on 12 of 12 shooting with 10 dunks and 10 rebounds in the regular-season finale 95-82 regional home-game clinching victory at Dodge City.
DeBerry had a career-high 15 rebounds against Frank Phillips College in November.
HCC Sports Information
2014 All-Jayhawk West Team
Coach Of The Year – Bryan Zollinger, Seward County
Most Valuable Player – Kadeem Allen, Hutchinson
Freshman Of The Year – Niem Stevenson, Seward County
Defensive Player Of The Year – Secean Johnson - Seward County
Name College Ht Yr
Kadeem Allen Hutchinson 6'3 So.
Niem Stevenson Seward County 6'5 Fr.
Coreontae DeBerry Hutchinson 6'10 So.
Shaun Stewart Cloud County 6'1 So.
Jeremiah Ingram Colby 6'7 So.
Kevin Allen Pratt 6'10 So.
Javis Flynn Pratt 5'10 So.
EJ Eaves Dodge City 6'3 Fr.
Tyler Corley Barton 5'11 So.
Secean Johnson Seward County 6'5 Fr.
Malcolm Hill-Bey Seward County 6'0 So.
Robert Davis Pratt 5'11 Fr.
Lorenzo Dillard Cloud County 6'2 Fr.
Brian Bridgeworth Seward County 6'10 So.
Jeremy Wilson Garden City 6'6 So.
Jade Cathey Garden City 6'5 So.
Darivs Gibson Barton 6'1 So.
Raheem Johnson Barton 6'9 So.
Region VI: Butler
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Region VI: Pratt
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BLUE DRAGONS TAKE ON NW KANSAS TECH IN 37TH REGION VI SEMIFINAL APPEARANCE
DRAGON D DISPATCHES GRIZZLIES; HCC ADVANCES TO REGION VI SEMIFINALS
LADY DRAGONS TO MEET GARDEN CITY IN REGION VI SEMIFINALS ON FRIDAY
LADY DRAGON SOFTBALL HOME OPENER CALLED OFF AGAIN
DRAGONS RENEW RIVALRY WITH BUTLER IN REGION VI QUARTERFINALS
LADY DRAGONS ADVANCE TO REGION VI SEMIS WITH VICTORY OVER INDY
LADY DRAGONS TO MEET INDY IN REGION VI QUARTERFINALS ON WEDNESDAY
ONTJES JAYHAWK WEST COACH OF THE YEAR, PURCELL TOP FRESHMAN
HCC’S EK NAMED JAYHAWK CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PURCELL TAPPED AS KJCCC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALLEN CLAIMS ANOTHER JAYHAWK CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
HCC-COWLEY BASEBALL GAME ON TUESDAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED
HCC SOFTBALL’S TUESDAY DOUBLEHEADER WITH PRATT MOVED TO FRIDAY
GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR BLUE DRAGONS FOR REGION VI QUARTERFINALS
ALLEN POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE; BIG 2ND HALF POWERS BLUE DRAGONS INTO QUARTERS