It was almost a perfect ending to events in Yost Center on Wednesday night. In the last game before renovations begin, the men’s basketball team was down 1 with the ball and 8.2 seconds on the clock.
From under Johnson County’s basket, Grant Harding threw the inbound pass to Danny Bradley, Jr. Bradley quickly moved the ball up the floor and drove the lane. Swarmed by the Cavaliers defense, Bradley dished the ball to Derrick Magiya in the corner. He immediately swung the ball to Braden Handcock from on the wing who had a relatively free, albeit pressure filled look from behind the ark. The buzzer sounded with the ball was in the air, and the shot rimmed out. The Larks nearly defeated the ninth-ranked Cavaliers, falling, 60-59.
Cal Harley led all scorers with 29 points including 5 of 9 from three-point range and a perfect 6 for 6 from the line. Sterling Hicks tallied 13 and Magiya brought down 11 rebounds to lead the Larks.
It was a disappointing way to end sophomore night. Recognized for their contributions were Bradley, Handcock, Harding, Hartley and Hicks as well as Kendall Pelton, Ishmael Moye, Lucas Comfort, Malik Murad and CR Curless.
Highlights of their careers include Hartley currently in second in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) in scoring and points per game. Harding sits fourth in points per game and fifth in overall scoring.
The Larks will return to action at Labette Community College at 4 p.m. on Saturday and follow that with KJCCC playoffs next week.