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Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkwood men knock off Black Hawk

MOLINE, Ill. - Doug Wilson, Tajen Ross and Chris King combined for 65  points Tuesday night as the Kirkwood Eagles dumped Black Hawk College, 93-83, in a non-conference ballgame.

Wilson scored 23 points, Ross tossed in 22 and King added 20 as the Eagles raised their record to 7-3.

This was Kirkwood's second victory over Black Hawk in two weeks, following a 94-69 verdict Nov. 21 in Cedar Rapids.

CJ Neville scored 22 points for Black Hawk.

Kirkwood was ranked 14th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll, but the Eagles dropped out of the Top 20 in the first poll of the regular season this week.



Wilson leads No. 1 Eagles to tough victory

Tayana Wilson is usually the smallest player on the floor at 5-feet-4  and 118 pounds, but don't let her size fool you.

The sophomore from Country Club Hills, Ill., is a tough customer for the Kirkwood Eagles.

Wilson was clobbered by Iowa Western defenders on a pair of drives during the first five minutes of their game Saturday, but she bounced up both times and never said a word.

Instead, she got her revenge by playing a hard-nosed game in a 56-53 victory over the Reivers at Johnson Hall.

"Honestly, it makes me mad," Wilson said about being knocked around by Iowa Western. "It makes me want to push it down their throats even more.

"Yeah, they did kind of ding me up a little bit. It really made me mad."

The officials declined to call intentional fouls on either play, but it was pretty rough stuff.

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl talked to one of the officials about it, but he did not make a big fuss. After the second foul, Muhl took Wilson  out of the game for a few minutes to recuperate.



Arrington stars for No. 14 Eagles

A new star was born for the Kirkwood Eagles Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hall.

He's 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds and his name is Kyle Arrington, a giant of a young man from Council Bluffs.

Only time will tell if Arrington was a shooting star that lasts for a moment or whether he's a bright new star for the future, but he sure  looked good Saturday.

Arrington played the best game of his young college career with 21 points, 15 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists to spark the  14th-ranked Eagles in an 85-48 victory over Morton College.

It was a stunning performance for the freshman, who had not played more than 10 minutes in a game all season and began the day averaging a modest 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

And don't let the final score fool you. Kirkwood struggled in the  first half and trailed, 28-22, at halftime before Arrington and the  Eagles took flight in the second half.

Arrington collected six points and four rebounds in the first half, good enough for Coach Bryan Petersen to put his tallest player into the starting lineup for the second half.



No. 14 Eagles nipped by Marshalltown

At first blush, you might think that a junior college basketball team from Marshalltown would feature a bunch of players from Iowa and around the midwest.

If so, you would be wrong.

The Marshalltown Tigers feature players from Spain,Taiwan, Senegal,  Iceland, Serbia, Norway, Brazil, Sweden and Turkey. All told, 12 of their players hail from nine foreign countries. There are also six players from the United States, including two Iowans.

Their coach, Brynjar Brynharsson, is a native of Iceland who has recruiting ties all over the world.

That international crew from Marshalltown turned out to be one point better than the 14th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles Wednesday night.

Marshalltown scored the winning basket with 4.7 seconds left Wednesday as the Tigers trimmed the Eagles, 74-73, in an entertaining non-conference game at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood had a man open in the corner for a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the ball was not handled cleanly and time expired before the Eagles could launch a shot.



KCC women hang on for victory

The Kirkwood women's basketball team made only 12 field goals, but converted 30-of-42 from the foul line, holding on for a 60-55 win Wednesday night over the South Australia Institute of Sports at Johnson Hall.

The Eagles (6-2) shot just 21 percent from the field, but were able to build a lead with solid foul shooting.

Tay Wilson led Kirkwood with 13 points. Tinee'sha Coleman came off the bench to score 12. Megan Axcell added 11 and Awal Ajak finished with 10.

Ruby Porter and Jasmine Rigoni led South Australia with 11 points apiece.

Kirkwood's next action comes on Dec. 2, hosting Iowa Western at 1 p.m.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE OF SPORTS (55): Ella Sawyer 3 1-2 8, Ruby Porter 4 1-2 11, Amy Cotton 0 0-0 0, Gabi Vidmar 3-0-0 8, Lizzie Williamson 0 0-0 0, Rebekah Frisby-Smith 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Rigoni 4 0-0 11, Erin Blake 0 0-0 0, Ambah Kowcun 2 0-0 6, Kelsey Rees 4 1-2 9, Totals: 21 3-6 55.

KIRKWOOD (60): Tay Wilson 2 9-12 13, Christmas Puok 0 0-0 0, Megan Axcell 3 2-2 11, Awal Ajak 2 4-4 10, Olivia Usher 2 3-4 7, Mackenzie Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Anasha Hurst 0 0-0 0, Niaja Taylor 0 0-0 0, Leah Robinson 1 2-6 4, Brianna Mensen 0 2-4 2, Tinee'sha Coleman 2 7-8 12, Arika Woolridge 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 30-42 60.

Halftime: Kirkwood 28, S. Australia 27. 3-point goals: South Australia 10 (Sawyer, Porter 2, Vidmar 2, Rigoni 3, Kowcun 2. Kirkwood 6 (Axcell 3, Ajak 2, Coleman). Fouled out: none.


Subs help No. 14 Eagles dunk Black Hawk

The Kirkwood Eagles will need strong performances from their reserves this season if they want to seriously pursue their goals of winning conference and national titles.

They took a big step in the right direction Tuesday night.

The 14th-ranked Eagles got a big boost from their subs in a 94-69 victory over Black Hawk College at Johnson Hall.

Kirkwood's bench brigade topped their own starters in points (48-46), rebounds (24-23) and assists (11-7) and helped the Eagles take control in the second half.

The Kirkwood starters played well, and the Kirkwood reserves played even better.

"I thought they were the difference in the game," said Coach Bryan Petersen. "They gave us good energy and they were productive, and  that's what we talked about in the locker room.

"You look down the line at what they were able to do, just from  scoring the ball, rebounding and sharing the ball for us. They had a  great night. That's probably the best our bench has been all year."



GoFundMe campaign begins for Jacobson

The GoFundMe campaign for Ben Jacobson began Tuesday with the goal of raising $10,000 to help cover his medical expenses.

Jacobson, an assistant men's basketball coach at Kirkwood Community  College, is battling Level 2 brain cancer. The tumor is inoperable due  to its location, but radiation, chemotherapy and drugs could reduce the size of the tumor over the course of time.

Jacobson, 34, was diagnosed with the brain tumor after suffering a seizure while driving home to Solon Oct. 19 and being involved in a car accident (see accompanying story).

Doctors are suggesting five weeks of radiation and a year of chemo. Treatments are scheduled to begin next week.


Jacobson returned to work with the Kirkwood basketball team on Monday and was back on the bench Tuesday night when the Eagles defeated Black Hawk College at Johnson Hall.



KCC coach Jacobson fighting brain cancer

Ben Jacobson wants to enjoy the normal pleasures in life, like seeing  his young children graduate from school and start families of their own some day. Grandchildren would be wonderful.

His professional dream is to become the head coach of an NCAA Division I men's basketball team, running his own shop after helping Kirkwood continue its winning ways as an assistant coach.

But Jacobson, 34, is facing the biggest battle of his life after being diagnosed with Level 2 brain cancer last month following a frightening car accident that could have ended his life right then.

Jacobson is determined to win this fight against a dreadful disease and the inoperable 2 1/2-inch tumor that's lodged in the frontal lobe of his brain. Doctors cannot remove the tumor because of its delicate location without serious risk of leaving him handicapped, but radiation, chemotherapy and special drugs could help reduce the tumor.

A delicate operation could leave him blind or deaf. "So that's kind of out of the question," he said.

The battle has just begun, however.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 November 2017 11:24



No. 14 Eagles fall in final seconds


WEST BURLINGTON - Kourtney Ware hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds Saturday night to snap a 69-69 tie and give Southeastern Community  College a 72-69 victory over Kirkwood in a men's basketball game.

Kirkwood built a 13-point lead with 14 minutes left in the ballgame, but Southeastern rallied and made it a tight contest. The lead changed  hands several times in the final minutes before the Blackhawks snatched victory at the end.

Chris King made three 3-pointers and tossed in 27 points for Kirkwood  (4-2). Nobody else reached double figures for the Eagles. LJ Stansbury finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.



Robinson leads KCC women by Triton

Leah Robinson came off the bench to score 18 points Saturday afternoon as the top-ranked Kirkwood women's basketball team strolled by Triton College, 96-59, in the second round of the Kirkwood Classic at Johnson  Hall.

Robinson, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Evanston, Ill., hit 8 of 11 shots and also had three rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists.

Olivia Usher contributed 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals for the Eagles. Awal Ajak finished with 10 points, eight  assists and five rebounds. Megan Axcell collected 11 points, four  rebounds and three assists.

Mariah Henry poured in 36 points for Triton.



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