Red Devils win opener

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Richard Luken
Allen County Community College’s Erik Law (23) has a clear path to the basket during Tuesday’s season opener at home against Haskell Indian Nations University junior varsity. The ACCC Red Devils won 117-104.

Sophomore players playing well and freshmen stepping in and showing their abilities. Shooting over 60 percent from the field.
All are good things in a season’s first game. And all boosted Allen County Community College’s Red Devils to a 117-104 win at home Tuesday.
“We were pleased to have all nine of the guys suited up play and show they can score,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC men’s head coach. “We did a lot of good things in the first game of the season but ...
“We weren’t as focused defensively as we need to be and we didn’t shoot free throws as well as we have to.”
Haskell Indian Nations University’s junior varsity Indians made sure the game stayed up tempo to the end. Hayes said the Indians pushed the ball up the court and pressed defensively the entire contest.
“Give Haskell credit, they played essentially with five guards or forwards and kept pressing us. They were hot from three-point range in the second half,” Hayes said.
Freshman Keevis Tukes had the hot hand for Allen County, hitting 6 of 7 three-pointers on his way to 26 points. Tukes also had five steals.
Sophomore point guard Anthony Clagett “was very effective running the offense,” Hayes said. Clagett scored 19 points, going 7 of 10 from the free-throw line, and dished out seven assists.
Freshman Erik Law tossed in 21 points and had five assists. Sophomore Andra Bailey took up where he left off last year as he controlled 20 rebounds and scored 16 points for ACCC.
“It was good to see Keevis shoot that well from three-point range in a game. He had been shooting well in practice. Also Erik was very effective on the offensive end also,” Hayes said.
“Andra and Anthony played very well showing strong sophomore leadership on the court.”
Dennis Rumph added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Red Devils had 55 rebounds overall and had 29 assists.
Allen County was 46 of 76, 60.5 percent, from the field but only hit 19 of 34 free throw attempts. Haskell’s JV shot 46 percent, 35 of 76, from the field and went 24 of 28 at the line.
“We were in control of the game all the way through. We led 58-44 at halftime and expanded that lead in the second half,” Hayes said. “It’s a game you make sure everyone plays and we didn’t play very good defense at the end of the game.”
Allen County (1-0) hosts Hutchinson next Tuesday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.

Allen County (58-59—117) (FG/3-pt): Rumph 5-0-3-10, Tukes 4/6-0-1-26, Clagett 6-7-3-19, Cole 3-0-5-6, Hayes 3-3-1-9, Graham 4-1-3-9, Law 8-5-1-21, Bailey 7-2-3-16, Harris 0-1-3-1. TOTALS: 40/6-19-23-117.
Haskell JV (44-59—104). No individual statistics available.