COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Four teams that appear in the weekly national ranking are among the 20 men’s teams participating in the annual Jayhawk Shoot-Out starting today.
Marking the 12th consecutive year the three-day round robin has been hosted by Coffeyville Community College, all but two of the men’s games will be played in the K. Nellis Hall gymnasiums on the campus of Coffeyville Community College.
Cowley College of Arkansas City, Kan., sits atop the National Junior College Athletic Association national poll with a 9-0 record.
Seward County Community College of Liberal, Kan., is ranked 20th with a 10-0 mark.
Barton County Community College of Great Bend, Kan., enters the Shoot-Out ranked 27th with a 10-1 record.
Johnson County Community College of Kansas City, Kan., is ranked 14th in the NJCAA Division II poll with a 6-1 record.
Northeastern A&M’s Golden Norsemen started the Shoot-Out by hosting the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds at 9 a.m.
Coach Dustin Grover’s Golden Norse are 9-4 on the season following an 82-78 loss to Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Wednesday in Miami.
Coach Mike Cook’s Greyhounds enter the Shoot-Out with a 3-4 season record. The Greyhounds defeated Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College 81-73 on Nov. 22 in Moberly.
“Our main concern going into the Shoot-Out is the fatigue factor with our players,” Grover said. “We’ve played two very physical games with Northern-Tonkawa and Northern-Enid since Monday, so our conditioning might be tested during these next two games.
“What concerns me more than the fatigue is just the early starting time of the game,” Grover said. “As the ‘at-large team,’ they didn’t do us any favors with the draw we got.
“But, Fort Scott has to do the same thing and the interesting thing for them is that they haven’t played in two weeks,” Grover said. “I’m hoping that will be in our favor.”
Sophomores Brandon Dougherty and Conrad Brown and freshman Kurklin Bohanon start at the guard positions for the Greyhounds.
Dougherty (5-9 of Leavenworth, Kan.) leads the Hounds with 25 assists while making nine steals and averaging 5.7 points per game.
Brown (5-10 of Kansas City, Kan.) averages 5.6 points with 15 assists and six steals.
Bohanon (6-2 of Cleveland, Ohio) has a 17.9 scoring average and a 5.9 rebounding mark while recording 19 assists and 10 steals.
Freshmen Jamell Cormier and Raphael Brown, along with sophomore Chase Elliott, will start at guards for the Golden Norsemen.
Cormier (6-0 of Stillwater) is averaging 6.1 points with 21 assists and nine steals.
Brown (6-2 of Kansas City, Mo.) leads the Norse with 32 assists while recording 10 steals and averaging 9.2 points per game.
Elliott (6-2 of Bristow) leads NEO with 15 steals while making 15 assists and averaging 11.1 points.
Starting along the front line for the Greyhounds are freshmen Darrell Blanton and Ramell Taylor.
Blanton (6-2 of Euclid, Ohio) leads Fort Scott both in scoring with a 19.8 average and rebounding with a 6.3 mark.
Taylor (6-5 of Detroit, Mich.) leads the Hounds with nine blocked shots while scoring 4.4 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per game.
Veteran Carlos Dos Santos and freshman Andre Coimbra will start along the NEO front line.
Dos Santos (6-8 of Sao Vicente, Brazil) averages 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Coimbra (6-9 of Rio de Janiero, Brazil) is scoring 6.1 points and grabbing 2.4 rebounds each contest.
The Golden Norse conclude the first half of the regular season Sunday by facing Highland (Kan.) Community College (6-3) at 11 a.m.