Thomas’ 37 points lead KCKCC to 84-52 win

KCKCC freshman guard Solomon Thomas collided with Park’s Larry Thomas as he put up a shot in the Blue Devils’ 84-52 win Friday. KCKCC’s Josiah Laws (23) trailed the play while Park’s Milan Crawford was helpless to defend. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Led by Solomon Thomas’ career-high 37 points, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s hot-shooting Blue Devils raced to an 84-52 win over Saint Mary’s junior varsity Friday night.

The Blue Devils were an identical 14-of-27 shots each half for 51.9 percent in boosting their season’s record to 5-3. The win sets up a pivotal home non-conference test against Division I Iowa Western Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas had a spectacular shooting night, draining 8-of-11 three-pointers and 13-of-18 overall in his 37-point performance. The eight 3-pointers tied Thomas for eighth on the all-time list. He also had a game-high five assists and four rebounds.

Fellow guard Zion Buckner added 17 points and five steals and Sterling Hicks four 3-pointers for 12 points. Tyson Beringer led all rebounders with 10 along with seven points as the Blue Devils had a 37-32 edge on the boards.

“It was so good to have the ball go through the hoop,” KCKCC coach Kelley Newton said. “We needed a game like this after a tough loss Wednesday (87-84 at North Arkansas). We still need to find that good chemistry but it was good to get into the flow of things tonight.”

The Blue Devils had 16 three-point goals in 32 attempts, just five short of the all-time record. In addition to Thomas’ eight, Hicks had four and Buckner and Malcolm Tate two each. KCKCC never trailed in the contest, building a 41-28 lead at halftime by holding the Spires to just 33.3 percent shooting.

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