Cowley College freshman guard Shemarri Allen scored with 13.2 seconds left Saturday night and then No. 20-ranked Tigers held on for an 84-83 upset against No. 12-ranked Hutchinson.

Hutch guard Saquan Singleton missed a driving shot in the lane in the final seconds.

The second half featured five ties and eight lead changes.

The Tigers (15-3, 7-1 Jayhawk East) completed their slate against Jayhawk West schools and moved into a first-place tie with the Allen Red Devils, who suffered their first conference loss Saturday, 93-89 at home against Barton.

“I am proud of this group to go through the West with only one loss,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said. “The guys have put us in a good position.”

Freshmen Moun’tae Edmundson and Biar Garang came off the bench to give the Tigers a lift in the opening half. A 3-pointer by Edmundson and a dunk by Garang were part of a 13-2 run that saw Cowley turn a 15-8 deficit into a 21-17 advantage.

After finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds in his first game of the second semester, Cowley freshman Dalen Ridgnal continued finished with a 23-points, 15-rebound double-double.

Ridgnal helped the Tigers to turn the early seven-point deficit into a 37-32 halftime lead by scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Hutchinson’s Majok Kuath, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Salt Lake City, matched Ridgnal by scoring 25 second-half points. He led the Salt Hawks (13-3, 4-3 Jayhawk West) with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Kuath’s three-point play with 30.8 seconds left gave Hutchinson an 83-82 lead.

Freshman Mike’l Henderson drove inside and delivered a beautiful pass to Allen for the go-ahead basket on Cowley’s next possession.

“We have been working hard on attacking and cutting in our half court offense and it showed late in the game with us getting a lot of shots at the rim,” DeSalme said.

Allen finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Henderson added 12 points and four assists. After being held scoreless in the first half, freshman Cevin Clark scored 12 points in the second half.

The Tigers remained home Monday night to face Coffeyville. The Red Ravens (13-5, 5-3) defeated Dodge City 81-67 on Saturday for their fourth win in a row.

“Coffeyville has figured out who they are now, so it ought to be a heck of a game,” DeSalme said. “Coffeyville has been the best team in the East year in and year out, so we need to be ready to protect our home court.”


Cowley 84, Hutchinson 83

HUTCHINSON (13-3, 4-3)

Saquan Singleton 8-14 1-8 17, Tyler Brown 3-7 2-2 8, Josh Baker 5-17 0-1 13, Majok Kuath 13-15 8-8 34, Fred Odhiambo 1-2 1-2 3, Clarence King 1-3 2-2 4, Jaden Okon 1-4 0-0 2, Josh Ursery 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 33-63 14-24 83.

COWLEY (15-3, 7-1)

Martaveon Jones 2-6 0-0 4, Deng Bol 2-5 2-2 7, Cevin Clark 4-14 1-1 12, Dalen Ridgnal 9-15 3-4 23, Jacquez Yow 2-3 0-0 4, Biar Garang 1-1 0-0 2, Mike’l Henderson 4-7 3-3 12, Shemarri Allen 6-13 0-1 13, Will Mangum 1-3 2-2 4, Malik Coats 0-2 0-0 0, Moses Nuangki 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-72 11-13 84.


Halftime: Cowley 37-32. 3-Point goals: Hutchinson 3-13 (Baker 3-10, Okon 0-2, Brown 0-1; Cowley 9-32 (Clark 3-11, Ridgnal 2-4, Allen 1-5, Edmundson 1-3, Henderson 1-3, Jones 0-4, Mangum 0-1). Rebounds: Hutchinson 43 (Kuath 14); Cowley 35 (Ridgnal 15). Assists: Hutchinson 10 (Singleton 2, Brown 2); Cowley 16 (Jones 6). Turnovers: Hutchinson 25, Cowley 20. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: Hutchinson 16, Cowley 24. Technical: Hutchinson bench.

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