Larks come back from 12 down late, defeat KCK

Battling back from a 12-point deficit late in the second half, the Larks went on a 23-6 point run, outscoring the Blue Devils of Kansas City Kansas Community College to win 60-55. This win moves the Larks to 1-1 in NJCAA Region VI play.

The game was unusually low scoring for this year’s Hesston College team with the teams lowest offensive output of the season. That did not matter however because the defense over the last 6 minutes was stifling, holding the Blue Devils to just 6 points.

Aubrey Johnson started the rally, hitting two free throws at the 6:15 mark. Coye Campbell then lit the fuse hitting a three pointer drawing the score line to 49-40 in favor of the Blue Devils, but it was all Larks from there as Campbell created a turnover and scored another quick bucket. Johnson added two more free throws and a three pointer before KCKCC even scored again.

With just a minute on the clock, Johnson made a layup to give the Larks their first lead since the four-minute mark of the first half. The Larks sealed things from the charity stripe, scoring their last 7 points on free throws. The Larks were 22-29 from the line on the day shooting 75.9% as a team.

Campbell and Johnson led the team with 15 points each and Zac Neely and Cal Hartley each added 8. Grant Harding was massive on the glass as he secured 13 of the teams 34 rebounds.

The Larks will continue NJCAA Region VI competition at home this Wednesday against Highland Community College at 8 p.m. and away at Labette Community College on Saturday.