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NJCAA Game 2: Hocking 75, South Arkansas 73

Mar. 18—DANVILLE — Hocking College didn't act like a first-time participant in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on Monday.

The Hawks overcame a 5-point deficit in the game's final minute to beat the South Arkansas Community College Stars 75-73 in a first-round contest at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

"We've had about 10 games like that this year that came down to the last possession or the last two possessions," said Hocking coach Ryan Miley. "Even thought we made a couple of critical mistakes, we still got the win."

Included in those critical mistakes was a missed block out on a missed free throw by South Arkansas guard Troy Ramos with 3.6 seconds left.

Ramos, who made the first of two free throws, tracked down the loose ball but he wasn't able to get off a potential game-winning shot attempt.

The Stars (21-9) scored just 1 point in the game's final 2 minutes, 37 seconds as the committed four turnovers during that stretch.

"That's kind of what we do," Miley said. "We try to fly around on defense. We play so deep, we play 13 guys so we had some fresh guys in there at the end.

"When you are down by 5 with about a minute to go, you've got a force a turnover and make something happen."

Miley acknowledge being that situation before this year was a big advantage.

"We scheduled as hard as we could this year to prepare us for this opportunity," he said. "We've been through those type of situations a lot this year. When you have played so many games like that, our guys were comfortable."

Miley noted that all six of Hocking losses this year have come against ranked teams, including a two setbacks against National Tournament participant Parkland College.

"We still have to earn our respect," Miley said. "We didn't play any JV or prep schools this year. I will put our schedule up against anybody's in this tournament."

Miley really appreciate the large crowd of students from multiple school districts in Vermilion County.

"It was great atmosphere for a National Tournament game," he said.

Treshawn Cody was the leading scorer for Hocking with 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds, while Dennis Asoro had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

South Arkansas, which is also making its first-ever appearance in the national tournament, led for most of the second half. The Stars got a season-high 27 from Damian Garcia, who also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Raheem Briggs also had a double-double for South Arkansas with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Hocking advances to play top-seeded Davidson-Davie in the second round on Tuesday. Tipoff for the contest between the Hawks and the Storm is set for 11 a.m.

Hocking College 75, South Arkansas Community College 73

South Arkansas (73) — Jalen King 2-6 2-2 6, Braedon Edison 6-18 1-2 13, Troy Ramos 3-10 1-2 9, Damian Garcia 10-15 5-7 27, Raheem Briggs 5-12 0-0 11, Telviyonta Henyard 1-2 0-0 2, Keshun Brown 0-1 1-2 1, Phillip Tillman 1-3 0-0 2, Jamarian Cato 1-5 0-0 2. Totals: 29-72 10-15 73.

Hocking (75) — Jaden Woods 3-6 2-2 8, Dennis Asoro 6-10 0-2 12, Daylen Patterson 1-2 0-0 3, Allen Lattimore 3-10 0-0 8, Elijah Hughes 0-1 0-0 0, Zion Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Millner 2-11 4-4 9, Tyree Morgan 2-2 0-0 4, Treshawn Cody 8-16 4-4 21, Travis Bullock 2-3 1-3 5, Marvin Good 1-3 1-2 3, Sohn McGee 0-2 0-0 0, Chanze Amerson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 29-68 12-17 75.

South Arkansas 37 36 — 73

Hocking 40 35 — 75

3-pointers — South Arkansas 5-20 (Ramos 2-4, Garcia 2-3, Briggs 1-6, Edison 0-1, Brown 0-1, Tillman 0-2, Cato 0-3). Hocking 5-30 (Lattimore 2-8, Patterson 1-1, Millner 1-6, Cody 1-8, Woods 0-2, Asoro 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Bullock 0-2, Good 0-1, McGee 0-1). Rebounds — South Arkansas 51 (Garcia 11, Briggs 10). Hocking 38 (Asoro 7, Cody 7). Assists — South Arkansas 12 (Ramos 4). Hocking 16 (Millner 4). Turnovers — South Arkansas 20, Hocking 15. Total fouls — South Arkansas 12, Hocking 13.

Records — South Arkansas 21-9 overall. Hocking 24-6 overall.