One and done.
That described the James-town Community College Jayhawks' offense in an NJCAA Division II men's basketball game against the CC of Beaver County Titans on Tuesday night.
For most of the game, JCC took one shot that missed and then Beaver County gobbled up the rebound. And that lack of offensive rebounding was major factor in the Jayhawks' 69-52 loss.
Nick Zee of Jamestown Community College passes around a CC?of Beaver County player during Tuesday night’s NJCAA Division II basketball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
JCC falls to 8-7 with the loss while Beaver County, which was listed as 16th in the NJCAA Division II poll released earlier in the day, moves to 14-3.
The Jayhawks finished the game with 10 offensive rebounds, five in each half while Beaver County had nine. However, the Titans didn't need many offensive rebounds because their shots were falling. They shot 46 percent from the field, including 54 percent in the first half. In contrast, JCC shot 31 percent for the game.
''Offensive rebounding, that's enthusiasm for the game,'' JCC coach Mike Cordovano said.
And he didn't see much of it.
''There was a lack of enthusiasm,'' Cordovano said. ''They (CCBC) had a game the other day and we haven't played in a month and you'd think we'd be foaming at the mouth to play this game, but it was very la de da.''
He added, ''It was like being taken out to the woodshed for a beating, and we didn't mind it.''
JCC held an early 4-2 lead and that was the last time the hosts would be in front. Beaver County ran off 10 straight points to open up an eight-point lead after 6 minutes of play. The Jayhawks managed to pull within two, then the Titans took control again by outscoring the Jayhawks, 23-12, for the remainder of the half to lead 39-26 at halftime.
The halftime leaders were Maurice Lewis-Briggs for Beaver County with 15 points while Xavier Kennedy had 14 for JCC.
Early in the second half, the Jayhawks twice cut the CCBC lead to 11. If the Jayhawks could get a scoring run, they would be back in the game. And to make the possibility look better, Lewis-Briggs, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, went to the bench with three fouls.
But instead of the Jayhawks going on a run, it was the Titans. They ran off 10 straight points with their leading scorer on the bench to take a 55-34 lead with 10:40 left to play.
''He's a Division 1 player and we didn't take advantage of it,'' Cordovano said about Lewis-Briggs being out of the game. ''I thought that was going to be an advantage to us, but it wasn't.''
And there was plenty of one and done on offense for the Jayhawks during that stretch.
''Their defense, they gave us trouble,'' Cordovano said. ''They trap real well and we couldn't get out of the trap. That hurt us. They made us switch our offense every time down the floor.''
The bulk of the Jayhawks' offense came from Kennedy with 22 points while C.J. Reid had 19.
After players being dismissed from the team and others quitting, the Jayhawks are down to a roster of eight, and actually seven because Corey Raymond is sidelined with mononucleosis. But Cordovano stressed the players on the roster are ones he wants.
''I love the guys we've got that are left, but I've got to get them going,'' he said. ''The guys I've got on the team are the guys we're going to war with.''
He added, ''I'll go right on record, we're going to have a good second half (of the season); it's out there. But I've got to get it out of them. It doesn't seem like they're going to get it out of themselves.''
JCC returns to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. when it plays host to Penn State-DuBois. Before that game at 1 p.m., the JCC women take on Lorain County CC.
BEAVER COUNTY (69)
Steals 5 1-2 11, Hoffman 4 0-0 9, Logan 2 0-0 6, Bailey 1 2-6 4, Lewis-Briggs 8 4-8 21, Diakite 1 3-4 5, Lee 1 0-0 2, Terrell 3 4-4 11, Totals 25 14-24 69.
Zee 0 4-4 4, Kennedy 8 4-7 22, Joseph 1 0-0 2, Reid 9 0-1 19, Stokes 1 1-2 3, Sterling 0 0-2 0, Gordon 0 2-4 2, Totals 19 11-20 52.
Halftime-Beaver County 39, JCC 26. 3-point goals-Huffman, Logan 2, Lewis-Briggs, Terrell, Kennedy 2, Reid. Total fouls-Beaver County 16, JCC 12.