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Blue Dragon bummer: Coffeyville repeats as Region 6 champion

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

PARK CITY – Hartman Arena was the stage for the third installment of the Hutchinson Community College-Coffeyville men’s basketball clash.

The highly-anticipated Region 6 Tournament championship matchup did not disappoint the fans. The game featured 16 lead changes, 15 ties and no more than an eight-point lead for either team.

However, it was the Red Ravens who had the final lead as the clock hit zeros. Coffeyville defeated Hutchinson 82-80 and repeated as Region 6 champions, earning an automatic bid to the NJCAA Tournament in Huchinson.

The Red Ravens won two of the three matchups against the Blue Dragons this season, by two points each time.

“Coffeyville was tougher than us tonight,” HutchCC coach Steve Eck said. “We couldn’t score inside very well tonight either, and the whole team was in foul trouble, which really hurts us.” With 34 seconds left in the game, Coffeyville sophomore guard T.J. Washington drove to the lane, making a near-impossible go-ahead lay up, putting the Red Ravens up by a point.

After a Hutchinson timeout, the Blue Dragons turned the ball over, forcing them to foul the Red Ravens. The Blue Dragons’ top scorer, Devonte Bandoo, had to exit the game with his fifth foul and the Coffeyville made one of his two free throws, putting the score at 82-80. Tiylar Cotton’s potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired was wide-left, giving the Red Ravens their second consecutive regional title.

James Rojas, a freshman forward for the Blue Dragons, had another outstanding game, scoring 14 points at the half, and finishing with 21 on the night. Sophomore Robert Whitfield also dropped in 14 first half points.

The leading scorers for the Blue Dragons, J.J. Rhymes and Devonte Bandoo, didn’t reach double figures till mid second half.

Hutchinson shot 41 percent from the field, while Coffeyville shot an even 50 percent. Washington was the highest scorer for the Red Ravens with 19 points.

Although, the Blue Dragons fall to 28-6, their season might not be over yet. They will have to wait until Monday, to find out if they will get one of the eight at-large bids for the NJCAA National Tournament.

“It’s a great conference. Every night we have to battle, so we’re all waiting for a call,” Rojas said.

The Blue Dragons were in the same situation last year when, of course, they won the national championship.

“I hope we make in,” Eck said. “We made it to the regional championship and played a great team, but you just never know.”

Men runner-up in NJCAA Tournament

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, New York, cuts through the lane around defenders to later draw the foul and score the ball during the championship game  of the NJCAA tournament against Salt Lake on March 19. Ahmed scored 22 points and had two assists.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, New York, cuts through the lane around defenders to later draw the foul and score the ball during the championship game of the NJCAA tournament against Salt Lake on March 19. Ahmed scored 22 points and had two assists.

In a packed Sports Arena, the Blue Dragon basketball team took on the No. 13 Bruins of Salt Lake Community College on March 19 in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament.

The Dragons lost the game 74-64.

The leading scorer for Hutch was Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, New York, in his last career game as a Blue Dragon.

Ahmed had 22 points, two assists, and one steal.

Behind him was Shakur Juiston, Paterson, New Jersey, and Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, each with nine points.

Juiston was the leading rebounder for the Dragons, with 13 rebounds.

After a big first-half lead, the Blue Dragons easily made their way to the semifinals after a March 17 quarterfinal game against Northwest Florida State, defending national champions, by a 116-90 margin.

There were five Dragons scoring in double digits.
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Blue Dragons make NJCAA Tournament

Monday, March 16th, 2015

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Wichita on March 7, to the Koch Arena to face the Dodge City Conquistadors in the championship game of the Region VI tournament. The Dragons won 76-60. The Dragons will enter the NJCAA Tournament with a record of 26-8.

This is the 18th recorded time that the Dragon men’s basketball team made it to the NJCAA tournament.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., Austin Budke, Beloit, and Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., all made the All-tournament team.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., was named the MVP of the Region VI tournament.

Freeman had his third double-double of the tournament scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds and also added five assists. He went six for 14 overall shooting and five for nine from the free throw line.
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