Lightbourne scores 28 points in a win; McCoy, Tigers stay hot

It was a sizzling night for Bahamian collegiate basketball player Bradley Lightbourne as he poured in a season-high 28 points to help the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Blue Devils take down the North Central Missouri College Pirates, 82-70. The game was played at the KCKCC Fieldhouse in Kansas City, Kansas, on Monday.

Also playing for the Blue Tigers is Bahamian Joshua Dames. He finished with three points as the Blue Devils now have a 10-6 win/loss record on the season. The Pirates are 6-9 on the season.

In action over the weekend was Malachi McCoy who finished with a double-double – a team-high 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Benedict College Tigers (11-3) in a 111-68 win on Saturday. They took down Edward Waters University at the HRC Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.

Lightbourne and Dames played in their first game since December 15. Lightbourne played 33 minutes and was able to shoot 9-for-14 from the field. He was able to get to the foul line frequently that night, finishing 9-for-12 from that mark. He was also able to come away with eight rebounds and five assists. Lightbourne added two steals.

Dames finished with three points as he shot 1-for-3 from the field to go with three rebounds and an assist. He also had two steals.

Lightbourne, who hails from Harbour Island, tipped off the game with a made jump shot at the 18:46 mark in the first half to give his team a 2-0 lead. That made shot started an 18-0 scoring run that ended with 14:18 left in the half as the Pirates made a three-point shot to get on the scoreboard, 18-3. Dames made a three-point shot with 15:06 remaining to put the Blue Devils up 18-0.

The Blue Devils led 45-37 at the half. The Pirates did not get close to the Blue Devils as the latter held on for the victory in which they never trailed. As a team the Blue Devils shot 52.8 percent from the field, while holding the Pirates to 38.2 percent shooting. The Pirates’ ability to make three-pointers kept them from getting blown out as they finished with 12 made three-pointers compared to the Blue Devils’ six made three-pointers.

Lightbourne and Dames return to action on Saturday January 15 when the Blue Devils host Labette College. That game is set to get underway at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

It was a dominating performance by McCoy and his squad on Saturday as he was one of six Tigers players in double figures as they won their 10th straight game. Coincidentally, it led to the Tigers scoring their highest point total of the season. The Tigers had a season-best 16 made three-pointers.

McCoy shot 6-for-11 from the field and was 1-for-3 from deep. He added two blocks and two assists in 22 minutes. This was McCoy’s fifth straight game where he had double digit rebounds.

The Tigers’ offense was too much for Edward Waters as they took a quick 19-2 lead in the game and never trailed. By the half, the game was a foregone conclusion as they led 60-29.

McCoy and the Tigers will head on the road to play the Morehouse College Tigers (8-6) on Saturday January 15 at Forbes Arena – McCafee Court in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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