SCC women, men drop first-round games at NJCAA National Basketball Tournaments

The first day of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Basketball Tournaments weren’t kind to Southeast Community College.

Both Storm teams dropped their first-round games Tuesday and will now play in the loser’s bracket on Wednesday.

The Storm women couldn’t score for nearly four minutes midway through the second half, contributing to a 71-64 loss to Johnson County Community College in the first round of the national tourney in Overland Park, Kan. The loss sends the Storm to the losers’ bracket and a 3 p.m. game Wednesday vs. Schoolcraft College of Michigan.

Southeast, 22-7, trailed 38-37 at halftime to the 31-2 Lady Cavaliers. Two free throws by SCC’s Breanna Grant cut the lead to 56-48 with 10:23 to play. That broke a four-minute scoring drought for SCC.

Johnson’s lead was just six, 68-62, with 20.8 seconds to play. But the Storm would get no closer. Grace Green led Southeast with 13 points. Grant and Shanae Collins added 10 each. Johnson held a sizable edge at the line, going 23-33, compared to SCC’s 12-18. The Cavaliers also outrebounded SCC 52-33.

In the men’s game, Brandon Brown scored 27 points and defending national champion Phoenix College forced numerous turnovers and sent SCC to the losers’ bracket with an 81-51 victory. Josh Stroud scored 12 points and Snyder Cenecharles added 11 to lead SCC.

“We looked like the team that hadn’t been here in a while,” said Joel Wooton, SCC coach.

Southeast trailed 37-23 at halftime. The Storm led 15-14 with nine minutes to play, but the Bears went on a 23-8 run to close out the half. Brown scored 19 points in the opening 20 minutes to lead Phoenix.

SCC, now 13-19 on the season, will play at 3 p.m. Wednesday against the Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk, Md.).

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu