By Andrew Jennings, Staff Writer –
The men’s basketball team has had a strong start to the season, currently sitting on top of
the league with a 7-1 record. The only loss was to nationally-ranked powerhouse Mott
Almost as important, the team has already broken the 100-point mark in two games.
What has made the difference? Depending on who you talk to, it’s a combination of great team
defense, coaching, and killer instinct offense.
Dave Schlump is the head coach of the Jayhawks and the assistant coaches are Jimmy
Booth and Luke Bronkema.
Schlump commented on the team’s sixth win of the season over Oakland Community
“We knew it was going to be a battle for 40 minutes and it was,” he said. “The score
doesn’t necessarily reflect that but it was. I thought we showed some glimpses of just how tough
this group is and can be, especially when we struggled shooting the ball in the second half the
way we did.”
Even when the team isn’t having the greatest performance, the players are getting the job
done when clutch time comes. In their latest win over a strong Alma College JV team, with ten
minutes left in the same the Jayhawks were down by 10 points and needed an answer.
Eddie Tornes went hot and went six for nine in just five minutes, finishing the game with
an impressive 29 points as the Jayhawks pulled off the 92-83 win. Will Roberson Jr. had a
double double with 22 points and 10 assists, and Marcus Tumblin had finished with 21 points.
The team’s overall unselfishness is also another key to their success.
“What I’m most pleased with is our 26 team assists to just eight team turnovers,”
Schlump said. “That’s a credit to how unselfish this group of guys are.”
MCC also defeated Alpena Community College, 108-72.
“It certainly wasn’t pretty but we had guys make the plays we needed to get out of there
with a win,” Schlump said, “and at the end of the day that is what it’s about.”
The team is now ranked 21st in the nation in NJCAA Division II. The next game will be
against rival Mott Community College, the only team to defeat the Jayhawks so far this year. The
Jayhawks will be hosting this time with a home crowd a good amount of off time from games
prepare for the showdown.