Muskegon Community College was on the road for their 5th consecutive game and came home with a victory over St. clair County Community College by a score of 97-87 in double overtime.
The Jayhawks were sluggish in the first half, scoring only 29 points but they were only down by 8, even after SC4 made nine 3’s. MCC was finally able to tie the game With 19.4 seconds to play, then with 1.4 seconds left they got an offensive rebound, put back and a free throw from Josh Smith (Lansing Waverly HS) to go up 70-67. But SC4 tied the game with a half court shot to send it to overtime. In the first OT the Jayhawks held a 2 point lead with 4.6 seconds left but SC4 again scored at the buzzer to send it into double OT at 79 all. Sergio Diaz (Grand Rapids Union HS) took over the scoring with back to back 3 pointers and the Jayhawks were finally able to seal the victory.
Five Jayhawks scored in double figures, led by Diaz with a double double of 35 points and 13 rebounds. Smith also finished with a double double, pulling down a game high 17 rebounds and adding 15 points. Miguel Mahan (Baldwin HS) recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds and Travez Nyx (Wayne Memorial HS) added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Daryl Kirkland II (Muskegon HS) also had 16 points and 8 boards.
“I could not be more proud of this group, it was an unbelievable effort and display of mental toughness,” said Head Coach Jimmy Booth. “For them to keep battling being down the whole game and put themselves in a position to take the lead and then for them to keep their heads after both the last second shots went in showed how tough this group is, especially after how many close games we have had already this year. Huge win for us and extremely proud of our guys.”
Next up for the the 3-5 Jayhawks is a home game on Saturday, 12/16 vs. Owens Community College. Tip off is 3:00 pm.