Ten Greyhounds scored as Fort Scott Community College's men won their home opener over the Central Methodist junior varsity, 88-67, Wednesday night at Arnold Arena.
The win broke a 19-game losing streak that went back to last January. It was also Fort Scott's 86th consecutive victory over a junior varsity team, going back to November of 1987.
The Greyhounds (1-2) opened their season last weekend with losses to Jayhawk Conference-Western Division teams at the Barton Classic in Great Bend. Fort Scott lost to the hosts, 84-62, Friday. Pratt needed overtime to get over the 'Hounds, 73-68, on Saturday.
Fort Scott emptied its bench and used several players at different positions. In addition to the 10 players who scored, five handed out at least 2 assists, seven had at least 1 steal and nine had at least 1 rebound.
"We played as a team tonight," Fort Scott head coach Michael Cook said. "That's what I love about this team so far this year is that we can plug in anybody. Everybody's contributing and they're playing as a team. That's the key thing."
Central Methodist (0-3) proved stubborn, leading three times early in the game, the last at 17-15 with 9:16 on the clock after Andrew Buchanan made a 3-point shot.
But Fort Scott was dominant enough inside defensively that the Eagles eventually abandoned all pretense of going inside, taking more 3-point shots (36) than 2-point shots in the contest (27). As more 3-point shots fell by the wayside, the margin grew as the 'Hounds would take the defensive rebound and score quickly at the other end.
A 17-5 run following the Buchanan 3-pointer put Fort Scott up 32-22 with 3:52 to go. Austin Danner scored 8 points during that outburst.
Central Methodist kept firing away but only made up one point before halftime and trailed 42-33.
The 'Hounds scored 11 of the first 15 of the second half as they made each of the first 5 field-goal tries they took.
Rebounds, transition and a low turnover count helped Fort Scott keep CMU at bay. The 'Hounds committed just 11 in the game, four in the first half. The Eagles coughed the ball up 9 times in each half.
"Kevin House did a great job," Cook said of his starting guard. "And then we moved Austin to the point, then moved Gary (Floyd) to the point, then (James) Fleming to the point. The great thing about this team is the interchangeable parts and anyone can play most positions."
Garrett Gladden scored 6 straight points for the Eagles to bring them within 10 with 7:32 to go, 67-57. But the 'Hounds removed all doubt with a 15-3 run immediately following.
Danner, one of the team's two returning sophomores, came off the bench and scored 22 points to lead Fort Scott. Prince Samuels made 8 of 12 shots from the field to finish with 17 points. Fleming added 12 points and also led with 4 assists.
Gladden had a double-double for CMU, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Buchanan and Kaden Jones each added 15 points for the Eagles.
Fort Scott shot 48 percent from the field, making 34 of 71 field-goal attempts. The 'Hounds also made 15 of 20 free throws. CMU shot 33 percent overall on 21 of 63 but made 11 of 36 3-point shots and 14 of 21 free throws.
Fort Scott outrebounded Central Methodist 48-39. Ray Ray Chase grabbed 16 boards for the Greyhounds and Samuels hauled down 7 more.
Fort Scott dished 16 assists and picked up 10 steals. Floyd, Fleming and House each had 2 steals.
The Greyhounds will be on the road Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip-off at Penn Valley in Kansas City, Mo. Tuesday, they'll be at Hesston for a non-conference game that will count toward seeding for the Region VI Division II post-season tournament. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
CENTRAL METHODIST JV: Ray 0-2 0-0 0, Posten 1-2 0-0 2, Petrewski 1-5 0-0 2, Erisman 1-3 0-0 2, Senevery 2-6 0-0 4, Jones 5-12 0-1 15, Kirtlink 0-1 0-0 0, O'Keefe 1-7 2-4 5, Dahlke 0-4 0-0 0, Hall 1-2 0-0 3, Buchanan 4-8 3-4 15, Gladden 5-11 9-12 19. TOTALS: 21-63 14-21 67.
FORT SCOTT: Fisher 4-6 0-3 12, Ivy 1-4 5-8 7, Gales 3-12 6-7 12, Eldridge 1-1 0-0 2, McKenzie 4-11 3-7 11, Lee 2-7 4-4 8, Lewis 4-6 2-7 10. TOTALS: 19-47 20-36 62.
Halftime: Fort Scott, 42-33.
Three-point field goals: Central Methodist JV 11-36 (Jones 5-11, Buchanan 4-7, Hall 1-2, O'Keefe 1-4, Ray 0-1, Posten 0-1, Erisman 0-1, Dahlke 0-2, Senevery 0-3, Petrewski 0-4), Fort Scott 5-16 (Danner 2-3, Fleming 1-3, Adams 1-4, Floyd 1-6).
Total fouls: Central Methodist JV 17, Fort Scott 18. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: none.
Rebounds: Central Methodist JV 39 (Gladden 12), Fort Scott 48 (Chase 16). Assists: Central Methodist JV 11 (Buchanan 4), Fort Scott 16 (Fleming 4). Turnovers: Central Methodist JV 18, Fort Scott 11. Steals: Central Methodist JV 6 (Six with 1 each), Fort Scott 10 (Floyd 2, Fleming 2, House 2). Blocked shots: Central Methodist JV 4 (O'Keefe 2), Fort Scott 4 (Chase 2).