by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC
With their first win under their belt, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Blue Devils will take some offensive momentum into this weekend’s Keith Lindsey Classic.
Shooting nearly 60 percent from the field, the Blue Devils raced to a 104-54 win over Saint Mary junior varsity in Leavenworth Monday night and set up a pair of challenging weekend games.
KCKCC will square off Friday at 8 p.m. against Link Year Prep, a basketball academy of high school graduates. On Saturday, the Blue Devils will go up against North Central Missouri at 6 p.m.
Four Blue Devils scored in double figures and two more had eight or more points in the 104-54 win at Saint Mary. In all, 13 players got into the contest and all scored.
Jalen Davis, a 6-2 guard from Houston, led the way, scoring 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting while 6-2 guard Calvin Slaughter of Macon, Georgia, had 17 points, missing only one of seven shots including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
Sophomores Malcolm Tate and DuVonte’ Beard added 11 and 10 points; freshman Cody Dortch of Paragould, Arkansas, chipped in with nine and sophomore Tana Johnson of Schlagle eight.
KCKCC also dominated the rebounding 34-19 with sophomore Tyson Beringer leading with nine along with three blocked shots and three assists. Beard and Jonathan Richmond of Columbia, Missouri, added six rebounds each.
The Blue Devils made 37-of-62 shots for a torrid 59.6 percent including 13-of-24 from 3-point range (,541) while limiting Saint Mary to just 18 field goals and 47.3 percent shooting.