Without their starting point guard, the Allen Community College Red Devils turned to their shooters to lead them past Pratt Community College on Friday in Iola.
The Red Devils rolled to a 95-79 victory.
“It felt good to get back into the win column,” Red Devil coach Andy Shaw said.
Sophomore sharp-shooter Jah-Kobe Womack triggered a three-point onslaught and he scored 19 first-half points in just 12 minutes on the floor. He hit 6-of-11 shots and had four three pointers and added five rebounds.
“He was really, really big for us,” Shaw said. “He made shots, but also got to the rim and converted.
Womack finished the game with 21 points.
With E.J. Garnes out with a concussion he suffered on Saturday at Cloud County Community College, the Red Devils needed other players to step up and fill the scoring punch left by Garnes. As their 95 points indicate, the Red Devils found those scoring threats.
“It was good for us,” Shaw said. “Obviously we need E.J. moving on, but it was good for us to see other guys step up.”
Cordy Winston and JaMarkus Dawn took over the point guard duties with Garnes sidelined.
Sophomore DaRon Mims joined Womack in double figures with 13 first-half points — he finished with 18 total.
“DaRon did a little bit of everything for us,” Shaw said.
The Red Devils shot a scorching 70 percent from three-point land and built a 49-35 lead at halftime.
In the second half, another guard stepped to the forefront with Shon Sanders scoring 15 of his team-high 22 points in the final 20 minutes.
“Shon picked up the slack for us in the second half and was efficient,” Shaw said. “We needed that and he needed that.”
Sanders has cooled off after starting the season as the team’s most prolific shooter, but has been replaced in the starting lineup by Mims in recent weeks.
Sanders caught fire from beyond the arc by going 4-of-4 from deep and he was 8-of-10 overall.
“Over the last few games, teams have been denying Quentin Blaue and when team’s are doing that we have to find other guys,” Shaw said. “Two of those main guys and Jah-Kobe and Shon. Shon has been in a little bit of a slump. He still is playing well, but not shooting it a well, so maybe tonight can be a little bit of a turning point for him and he can finish the season strong.”
Garnes was still very involved in the game despite having to be on the bench.
The sophomore took the third seat on the bench, where a second assistant coach would sit if the Red Devils had one and spent much of the game providing insights to his teammates on the floor.
“I like having him on the floor much more, but I told him before the game that this is his addition for three or four years from now when he could become my assistant coach,” Shaw said. “He is smart and he is a point guard so when he’s playing, I pick his mind to see what he sees or wants to run. When he is off the court, he is seeing things out there and talking. He didn’t take the injury and pout. He wanted to help us win.”
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