Overland Park, KS -- Fort Scott Community College Men's Basketball Program went on the road Monday to face Johnson County in the Region VI Tournament Semi-Final. The Greyhounds fell by a score of 65-56 to end their season.
Fort Scott entered the game on Monday, just two days after their hard fought win against KCK. The greyhounds battled through their offensive struggles throughout the first half by playing hardnosed and focused defense. The Hounds held Johnson to just 26 points going into half. However; they still trailed by 8 due to a poor shooting from the field (29%) and the three (0-4).
A pair of made free throws by Johnson County Forward Marquan Wilson gave Johnson their biggest lead of the day at 33-50 with under ten minutes left in the game. With their season in the balance, Dametrius Walker jump started the Hounds comeback with a pair of transition lay-ups to cut the lead back down to 13. The Greyhounds continued to fight back into the game and managed to cut the lead to just 4 after a made jumper by Tyler Zinn with just 2:37 remaining in the contest. Johnson responded with crucial buckets down the stretch while it appeared that the energy expended in Fort Scott's late game rally had taken a toll on the team. The greyhounds eventually fell by a core of 65-56 to end their season.
"The deficit that we had to overcome took a toll on us in the end and we came up short in the end. It is tough to win when you don't have a good balance of scoring from the outside and inside, not making a three point shot makes it tough to run our offense and tough on our defense also. It is tough knowing that the season is over and that this is the last time that I will coach this group of sophomores. Anthony Cerda, Dametrius Walker and John Freeman have been with me for two years and have been great ambassadors for our program. The new group of sophomores came in an gave great attitudes and bonded well with the team and help us achieve goals. I am proud to have coached these young men and watch them grow on and off the court," stated Head Coach Michael Cook.