In the early going, it seemed like it would be the Trailblazers’ night.

But Jamestown Community College kept shooting, and wound up overtaking Niagara County Community College (3-10 overall) 84-74 in an NJCAA Western New York Athletic Conference game on Thursday.

NCCC came out firing before JCC even seemed warm and raced out to a 15-2 lead. JCC was held without a field goal for the first 5:30 of the game. Once the Jayhawks managed their first bucket, the defense picked up and by the end of the first half, the two teams were knotted at 30.

As the second half got underway, the teams exchanged baskets while the tempo of the game increased. Five minutes into the half, JCC took the lead for just the second time on a lay-up by Craig Elston (Riverside). The momentum began to swing in the favor of the Jayhawks, and the 3-pointers started to fall. The next time JCC shot the ball, it took the lead for good, and slowly pulled away.

“They just wanted it more tonight,” NCCC coach Frank Rotundo said, “They were eight of 13 from three-point range in the second half, but we were also out-hustled to loose balls. We are still a little inexperienced and it showed down the stretch.”

JCC head coach Mike Cordovano was pleased with the play of his team, but felt fortunate to leave with a victory, saying “I don’t think we got their best game tonight, Frank (Rotundo) is a good coach and his team is better than what we saw tonight.”

Ezra Scott (Niagara Catholic) led the Trailblazers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Calvin Reed (Niagara Falls) had seven points to go with his nine assists, while Kyle Seabert (Wilson) added six points.

Elston paced the winning Jayhawks with a game-high 21 points, along with eight rebounds.

n The NCCC women’s basketball team fell short to visiting Jamestown Community College, 64-44 in WNYAC play.

Shannon Malik turned in a team-high 17 points to lead the Lady Trailblazers (1-12). Larryce Ham was tough on the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Julie Quarantillo (Lewiston-Porter) scored nine points, while Chrissa Kiszka (Wilson) and Erin Whitehead (Kenmore East) each chipped in with five points in the loss.

JCC improved to 17-5.

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