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'Hound men dump Cowley, 55-49

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Fort Scott's Prince Samuels (11) and Ray Ray Chase fight for a rebound early in Monday night's game against Cowley at Arnold Arena. Samuels scored 11 points for the Greyhounds and Chase had 9 points and 9 boards in a 55-49 conference victory.
(Kenny Felt/Exclusive to the Tribune)
Fort Scott Community College's men were coming off a disappointing Saturday loss to Kansas City Kansas at Arnold Arena that came down to the last possession, which resulted in a missed 3-point shot by the Greyhounds.

So in the opening moments of Monday night's Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division contest with Cowley, head coach Michael Cook wanted his team -- which he had sensed played tight against KCK and last Wednesday in a loss at Labette -- to come out loose and see what happens.

What happened was a 55-49 victory that was the program's first over Cowley since January of 2007.

"We played hard and played loose tonight, which was a good thing," Cook said.

Fort Scott's defense held Cowley to 26-percent field-goal shooting (15 of 57) and held the Tigers without a field goal for over 10 minutes in a key stretch in the second half.

"We have to play defense to win," Cook said. "I know we can score. When you hold a team scoreless for a long time like that and get rebounds and frustrate them -- (Cowley) had some great opportunities to score but it didn't fall for them and we'll take that. We challenged every shot and we did the right things on defense."

Fort Scott (4-4 East, 9-9 overall) held a slim 28-25 lead at the half. But Cowley (4-2, 9-9) scored 9 of the first 11 of the second half.

James Milliken put Cowley up 38-34 with 13:32 remaining. That was the Tigers' last field goal for the next 10:09. Prince Samuels put the 'Hounds ahead 39-38 at the 10-minute mark when he converted an old-fashioned 3-point play.

Samuels floated through the air to tip in a teammate's errant shot with 8:16 to go to make it 41-40, sparking a 9-2 run. His fadeaway jumper capped it with 3:41 to go.

Cowley broke it's field-goal drought when Dominique McCoy made a 3-point play with 3;23 to go. But James Fleming converted one of his own with 2:48 to go to make it a 51-44 Greyhound lead.

Milliken brought Cowley within 41-47 with 1:39 to go on a driving layup. But the Greyhound defense intensified again, forcing three straight Tiger misses with less than 40 seconds remaining. Cowley fouled to save time but the 'Hounds made their free throws to preserve the victory.

Samuels led Fort Scott with 11 points while Austin Danner added 10 off the bench. McCoy had a double-double for Cowley with 18 points and 20 rebounds but was the only Tiger in double figures.

Fort Scott was outrebounded 43-35 but Cook felt that his team got more important rebounds -- several of Cowley's were rebounds of their own misses.

The 'Hounds committed just four turnovers.

Wednesday night, Brown Mackie will make its first-ever trip to Fort Scott for a Region VI Division II contest that will tip off at 7:30 p.m. The Lions won at Salina, 88-72, on Dec. 8 when they were ranked 14th in the national Division II poll. They'll come into this meeting ranked No. 7.

"We owe them a little something," Cook says. "I told the guys to enjoy this win tonight. But we haven't done anything yet. We still have a lot of work to do."

Saturday: Kansas City Kansas 66, Fort Scott 64.

This was also a Region-seeding game in which Kansas City (2-4 Region, 2-4 East, 6-11 overall after also beating Neosho County Monday night, 65-55) broke a four-game losing streak in Division II play.

D.J. Booker gave KCK the lead with a 3-point goal with 1:10 to go, then the Blue Devils held off the Greyhounds (2-3 Region) the rest of the way. Kevin House's 3-point shot at the buzzer was no good.

Fort Scott led 34-31 at the half and pushed it to 52-39 with 12 minutes remaining.

But Kansas City scored 20 of the next 24 to take a 59-56 lead with 5:56 to go. Booker scored the last 5 points of the run, converting a 3-point play that put the Devils in front, then putting back his own missed shot.

The Greyhounds hung on, even tough they ended up failing to make a field goal in the final 9:24. Samuels put the 'Hounds ahead one last time, 64-63, with 1:29 to go on a pair of free throws.

Dominique Washington had a double-double for KCK, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Booker added 14points.

Fleming and Samuels each scored 16 points for the 'Hounds with House adding 12 and Ray Ray Chase putting in 11.

Rebounds were even, 34-34. Fort Scott shot 42 percent from the field on 22 of 52 while KCK went 26 of 57 for 46 percent.


Saturday's Game

KANSAS CITY KANSAS: Winn 2-5 0-0 6, Booker 5-10 4-5 14, Burgette 1-4 1-2 4, Burris 1-6 0-0 2, Banks 2-8 0-0 5, Lane 4-6 0-0 8, Washington 8-15 5-5 21, Atcho 3-3 0-1 6. TOTALS: 26-57 10-13 66.

FORT SCOTT: Floyd 1-6 0-1 2, Fleming 6-10 0-0 16, Samuels 5-9 6-6 16, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 0-1 0-0 0, Danner 1-7 2-2 5, Chase 4-10 3-5 11, Hall 1-2 0-0 2, House 4-7 4-6 12. TOTALS: 22-52 15-20 64.

Halftime: Fort Scott, 34-31.

Three-point field goals: Kansas City Kansas 4-18 (Winn 2-4, Burgette 1-3, Banks 1-4, Booker 0-1, Washington 0-2, Burris 0-3), Fort Scott 5-12 (Fleming 4-6, Danner 1-2, Floyd 0-2, House 0-2).

Total fouls: Kansas City Kansas 18, Fort Scott 12. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

Rebounds: Kansas City Kansas 34 (Washington 13), Fort Scott 34 (Samuels 7). Assists: Kansas City Kansas 6 (3 with 2 each), Fort Scott 11 (House 3). Turnovers: Kansas City Kansas 12, Fort Scott 14. Steals: Kansas City Kansas 14 (Banks 5), Fort Scott 8 (3 with 2 each). Blocked shots: Kansas City Kansas 2 (Washington, Atcho), Fort Scott none.

Monday's Game

COWLEY: Millken 3-17 2-2 8, Fennell 0-1 0-0 , Goodlow 1-6 2-2 5, Vozzola 2-8 0-0 6, Steadman 0-1 0-0 0, Lynch 0-1 0-0 0, McGrew 3-6 2-4 8, Evans 1-3 2-2 4, McCoy 5-14 8-9 18. TOTALS: 15-57 16-19 49.

FORT SCOTT: Floyd 0-4 0-0 0, Fleming 2-5 1-1 6, House 2-6 3-6 8, Samuels 5-13 1-1 11, Wright 2-2 0-0 5, Adams 1-4 0-0 2, Danner 3-12 2-2 10, Chase 2-5 5-6 9, Hall 2-2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 19-53 12-16 55.

Halftime: Fort Scott, 28-25.

Three-point field goals: Cowley 3-19 (Vozzola 2-6, Goodlow 1-5, Fennell 0-1, Steadman 0-1, Milliken 0-6), Fort Scott 5-21 (Danner 2-7, Wright 1-1, House 1-3, Fleming 1-4, Floyd 0-3, Adams 0-3).

Total fouls: Cowley 13, Fort Scott 12. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

Rebounds: Cowley 43 (McCoy 20, McGrew 10), Fort Scott 35 (Chase 9). Assists: Cowley 8 (Milliken 4), Fort Scott 9 (Fleming 2, House 2). Turnovers: Cowley 8, Fort Scott 4. Steals: Cowley 3 (3 with 1 each), Fort Scott 3 (3 with 1 each). Blocked shots: Cowley 2 (McCoy, Milliken), Fort Scott none.



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