It was the darndest thing you've ever seen.
Clark, Barnes, Adams and McLaughlin are baseball players at Kirkwood, but they answered the call when the men's basketball team needed a boost and left Johnson Hall to a standing ovation after the 17th-ranked Eagles defeated the Grand View junior varsity, 99-63.
Five Kirkwood basketball players were handed two-game suspensions by the National Junior College Athletic Association last week for their roles in a mishap in the final minute of a home game against Ellsworth. That left KCC Coach Bryan Petersen with only five eligible players for Saturday's conference game at DMACC and for Tuesday's home game with Grand View.
Petersen asked Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima if he had any players who might be able to help the team for a few days and Rima recommended Clark, Barnes, Adams and McLaughlin.
Clark played a pivotal role in both games, first in the 58-50 victory over DMACC and again Tuesday. He played 18 minutes as the "sixth man" against DMACC and reprised the role against Grand View with 21 key minutes off the bench.
Clark, who played basketball and baseball at Cedar Rapids Prairie, collected five assists against Grand View and looked comfortable as an emergency college basketball player.Read more...