By Jim Riggs
After starting the season with two losses, the Jamestown Community College men's basketball moved to .500 on Wednesday night by winning its second straight game.
Alek Peck of JCC passes to a teammate in the lane during the men's basketball game against Butler County CC. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
The Jayhawks, a Division II team, jumped out to a 34-19 halftime lead against the Butler County Pioneers and went on to defeat the Division III squad, 83-42.
A majority of the Jayhawks played and scored and coach Mike Cordovano liked that.
''To get everybody to play early in the season is always a wonderful thing,'' he said.
What please him more was that even with the lopsided score, things never got sloppy.
''What I like about it is we never cheapened the game,'' Cordovano said. ''We can't, it's too early in the season. The kids pretty much executed well the whole 40 minutes.''
The Jayhawk won despite the absence of a couple of team leaders, one for the entire game and another for the first half.
Because of a coach's decision, 6-foot-8 Ohndo Smith, who leads Division II in rebounding with 15.3 per game, sat out the entire 40 minutes,
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And due to violating team rules, Tyreek Jewell, who is second in Division II scoring with 31.3 points per game, sat out the first half. He then played the final 17 minute of the game and scored 25 points, also recorded eight rebounds and four assists.
''He can beat you every which way,'' Cordovano said. ''He can beat you with the jumper, he can beat you with the drive, with the putback. And he rebounds the ball so well.''
It looked like the absence of Smith and Jewell wouldn't matter when JCC jumped out to a 16-3 lead after seven minutes of play and after 12 minutes the lead was up to 26-7.
''I thought Jerome Jackson did nice job of leadership on the floor,'' Cordovano said about his sophomore point guard. ''That's the first time we've faced a zone and he got us moving, got the ball in the right spots and he did a nice job. He played very smart, he played within himself.''
By halftime, the Jayhawks were in front 34-19 as Jobse Reyes and Jabar Williams had 11 points each.
''Jobse Reyes, he's a second-year guy,'' Cordovano said. ''I thought he did very well tonight. He rebounded and defended the middle only at 6-2. I'm happy for him because he paid his dues last year. He hung in there with the program and it's the same thing with Jabar. It was neat to see those guys get some success.''
For the first 4 minutes of the second half, Butler County had a an 8-4 run that cut the Jayhawks' lead to 11, 38-27. But then Jewell entered the game and JCC took off.
Jewell hit his first shot. Then he popped in three 3-pointers while dishing out a couple of assists during a run of 18-2 in five minutes.
That put JCC in front, 56-29, with 10:25 left to play.
The Jayhawks completely put the game away when they scored 15 straight points just before the final buzzer, and Jewell had eight of them with the last two on an alley-oop dunk.
After Jewell's 25 points, Williams had 14, Reyes 12 and Jackson 11.
The only double-figure scorer for the Pioneers was Michael Rummel with 11 points.
The Jayhawks don't play again until Tuesday at Beaver County CC at 7 p.m.
BUTLER COUNTY (42)
Rummel 4 0-0 11, French 1 0-0 2, Stobert 1 0-0 3, West 1 4-4 6, Bruce 1 0-0 3, Lambert 2 0-0 4, Josh Friel 0 0-0 0, Barnhart 1 0-0 3, Brown 0 0-0 0, Joe Friel 0 0-0 0, Abel 1 1-2 3, Copeland 3 1-4 7, Totals 15 6-10 42.
KJackson 2 0-0 4, JJackson 5 1-1 11, Reyes 5 2-3 12, Peck 3 0-0 6, Ferguson 2 0-0 4, Jewell 8 5-7 25, Williams 5 2-4 14, Ahlstrom 2 0-0 4, Roach 1 0-0 2, Pena 0 1-2 1, Totals 33 11-17 83.
Halftime-JCC 34, Butler County 19. 3-point goals-Rummel 3, Stobert, Bruce, Barnhart, Jewell 4, Williams 2. Totals fouls-Butler County 11, JCC 11.