Lightbourne and Dames lead KCKCC to upset over no.19 Pirates

As of Tuesday, November 15, 2022


#Tribune Sports Reporter

#THE Kansas Community College Blue Devils have opened the season with one of the most difficult schedules in all of junior college basketball and got their first upset win over a ranked team led by its talented Bahamian duo.

#Bradley Lightbourne scored 24 and Joshua Dames scored 23 to lead the Blue Devils to an 87-83 win over the no.19 ranked North Central Missouri College Pirates in the KCKCC Classic.

#Lightbourne shot 9-15 from the field, 2-3 from three-point range and made an impact on both ends of the floor with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots. The sharpshooting Dames made 5-7 from three-point range en route to his 23 points. He also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

#The Blue Devils split the weekend with a 93-82 loss to Metropolitan CC.

#Dames scored 21 points and was again on the mark from three-point range at 4-9. Lightbourne scored 10. The Blue Devils were selected to finish third in the KJCCC DII Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

#The Blue Devils were picked behind Allen at No. 1 and Johnson County at No. 2. KCKCC is also receiving votes in the first NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

#KCKCC is 2-4 on the season with two of those losses coming against ranked teams. In the season opener, Lightbourne finished with 19 points and four steals.

#Dames added 19 points and eight rebounds in an 86-77 loss to the no.9 ranked Des Moines Area.

#Lightbourne also scored 16 in an 80-73 loss to no.18 ranked Butler CC.

#KCKCC also split a pair with Iowa Western CC. In game one, Lightbourne posted his first double double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Dames scored 11 with four steals.

#In game two, Dames made four threes en route to a game high 19 points while Lightbourne added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

#Last season, both players received conference wide recognition for standout freshman seasons. Lightbourne was named to the All-Second Team and Dames to the All-Third Team respectively.

#Lightbourne averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game on the season.

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