|Southwestern (Kan.) 23-10||46||45||13||104|
|York College 24-9||51||40||18||109|
|Feb. 27, 2017|
|Park City, KS|
|Southwestern (Kan.)||Indv. Leaders||York College|
|#24 Cameron Hunt - 36||Points||#3 Johnny Cooksey - 23|
|2 Players (#4,#24) - 8||Rebounds||#34 Cameron Coleman - 10|
|#4 DJ Wallace - 5||Assists||2 Players (#3,#11) - 5|
|Southwestern (Kan.)||Team Statistics||York College|
|51.7% (31 - 60)||Field Goals %||45.5% (40 - 88)|
|47.8% (11 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||37.1% (13 - 35)|
|77.5% (31 - 40)||Free Throws||72.7% (16 - 22)|
|8||2nd Chance Pts||25|
Park City, KAN - The York College Panthers used a clutch final 30 seconds and a dominated overtime to outlast Southwestern College for the KCAC Tournament Championship. York won 109-104 to secure a bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament in March.
In a tight game early York College finally broke away as they used a 12-2 run with spanning over four minutes midway through the first half to build a 25-16 lead. Southwestern was able to stay in it as the Panthers got in early foul trouble with Cameron Coleman (SR/Allen, Texas) picking up two early fouls.
Kameron Malbrough (FR/Arlington, Texas) was strong for the Panthers as he connected on his second three of the game with 6:18 left in the first half to reclaim York's double digit lead. The Moundbuilders would battle back though going on their own little run to get within five points at 40-35. However, a Keith Mack (JR/Chicago, Ill) three and a two-point basket by Mark Dean (JR/Denver, Colo) put the Panthers back up by 10 points in just 30 seconds of play.
Southwestern was able to cut the lead to five after a last second three by Jacob Horsch. The Moundbuilders shot just under 60% from the field for the half and were led by Cameron Hunt with 17 first half points.
York College was able to maintain their lead as they pounded the offensive glass collecting 11 rebounds. The Panthers scored 17 second chance points and shot 46% from the floor.
The Panthers were able to go on a run midway through the second half as well building their lead to 72-59 before Coleman once again had to sit due to foul trouble. With Coleman on the bench the Moundbuilders went on a 13-4 run with Cameron Hunt scoring eight points.
Over the next four minutes of play both teams battle back and forth not giving either team the chance to go on a run. York found themselves in foul trouble as all four bigs picked up their fourth foul. Southwestern would try to capitalize on the loose defense and pull back within four points with just over three minutes to play.
Hunter Barrington of Southwestern brought the Moundbuilders within two points with 2:54 remaining in the game. Coleman picked up his fifth foul and Hunt of Southwestern tied it up at 86 with just under two minutes remaining.
The Moundbuilders picked up their first lead of the second half on the next possession at 88-86 before Hunt added two more points with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
After a missed free throw Michael Johnson (JR/Orlando, Fla) tied the game with a deep three point shot with just 15 seconds remaining in the game. The Moundbuilders would miss their final opportunity, which would send the game into overtime 91-91.
Johnny Cooksey (SR/Shreveport, La) did everything he could for the Panthers in overtime scoring the first 15 points and 16 of the 18 points leading the Panthers to the 109-104 win. York overcame foul trouble as three Panthers fouled out.
Once again the Panthers had five score in double figures led by Cooksey's 23. Coleman finished with 20 points and rebounds in just 22 minutes of play. Keith Mack added 15 points while Michael Johnson and Kameron Malbrough added 11 each. York finished the game shooting 45% from the field while the Moundbuilders shot 52%.
With the Panthers picking up the tournament championship they earn an automatic berth in the NAIA Division II Men's National Championship in Branson, Mo. York now sits at 24-9 on the season.