Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 20, 2014

NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT: 'We just didn't have it'

TVCC eliminated in Elite 8 with 69-56 loss to Harcum

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

HUTCHINSON, KAN. — The ride for the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals wrapped up on Thursday afternoon with a 69-56 loss to the Harcum College Bears in the Elite 8 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Harcum because they are a good basketball team,” coach Kris Baumann said. “We just didn’t have it tonight and I don’t know if we were tired or what it was but they are a very talented basketball team.”

TVCC finished its season with a 29-7 record as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation.

Baumann said he was disappointed that they were not playing in the Final Four and he would take some time to think about how the season ended.

“I don’t feel very good right but I think in a couple of weeks when I look back and I am fishing out at Coach (Leon) Spencer’s pond that it was a pretty good year,” Baumann said. “I am proud of the season and we wanted to make it to the final four but it just didn’t happen.”

This was the first trip back to the national tournament for the Cardinals, who last played in the tournament during the 1999 season.

The Cardinals had a hard time dealing with a very athletic Harcum team throughout the contest.

Early on in the contest, the Cardinals went on a 6-0 lead as Malcolm Riley nailed a jumper followed by a layup from Octavius Ellis off of an assist from Dedrick Basile with 14:50 remaining.

Basile then stole the ball from the Bears and drove in for a fast break layup and a 14-9 lead.

Harcum was able to go on a run of their own late in the first half as Ibn Muhammad gave them a, 23-22, lead with 4:41 remaining in the game.

TVCC was held scoreless for over four minutes until Ellis scored a rebound putback off a missed layup from Patrick Ingram for the 24-23 lead.

TVCC tried to put on some pressure late in the half, but they were outscored 12-4 in the final four minutes of the first half.

TVCC trailed, 35-26, at the half, as they shot 12-of-34 from the field in the first half.

“We have never been a good three-point shooting team all year and we have struggled,” Baumann said. “We tried to do some things different tonight and we were up 20-16 early but they battled back and sent us home.”

They were led in scoring by Ellis, who had a double-double after the first 20 minutes of play with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, one assists and one steal.

On Harcum’s first possession of the second half, TVCC left Ivan Uceda wide open for a three pointer to extend their lead to 38-26.

On the Cardinals next possession, Basile found Aldonis Foote for a jumper in the paint to get to within, 38-28, with 18 minutes remaining.

Foote had a solid game scoring 16 points and added six rebounds and two steals in his final game of the season.

Foote had a nice up and under basket for a 49-47 deficit with 8:15 remaining in the game.

With three minutes remaining in the contest, the Cardinals looked like they would make the comeback as they have in the first two games of the tournament.

Malcolm Riley was able to drain a three-pointer off an assist from Basile to cut the deficit to 57-55.

Harcum went on a 6-0 run as Shevon Thompson drained four-of-six free throws during the run.

The key play during the run happened with 2:30 remaining as Ellis was called for a foul on Muhammad. He was then called for a technical on the play.

They were able to make it an eight point lead as the two players drained their free throws.

Harcum then iced the game with one minute remaining as Uceda scored a layup followed by two free throws from Travis Hester for the win.

Ellis finished his Trinity Valley career with a game-high 18 points and 16 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes of play.

Foote scored 16 points to go with six rebounds and two steals. Riley had nine points and five rebounds for Trinity Valley.

TVCC finished the game shooting 24-of-71 from the field for 33.8 percent and shot five-of-15 for 33.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Harcum was led in scoring by Thompson with 14 points and 14 rebounds, Hakeem Rogers and Jordan Goodman with 13 points each and Uceda with 11 points.

Harcum 69, TVCC 56

Harcum    35    34     --    69

TVCC     26    30    --    56

Harcum (69) -- Timmone Whatley 7, Hakeem Rogers 13, Travis Hester 5, Ibn Muhammad 6, Jordan Goodman 13, Shevon Thompson 14, Ivan Uceda 11.

TVCC (56) -- Octavius Ellis 18, Dilepso Blanco 2, Malcolm Riley 9, Dedrick Basile 4, Josh Robinson 7, Aldonis Foote 16.

Total Rebounds -- Harcum 42 (Thompson 14). TVCC 46 (Ellis 16).

Free Throws -- Harcum 22-25. TVCC 5-15.

Assists -- Harcum 13 (Muhammad 6). TVCC 13 (Basile).

Turnovers -- Harcum 11. TVCC 11.

Points off turnovers -- Harcum 13. TVCC 11.

Total Fouls -- Harcum 15. TVCC 20.

Fouled Out -- Harcum -- none. TVCC -- Ellis.

Technical Fouls -- Harcum -- none. TVCC -- Ellis.