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Kaskaskia College Men's Basketball Team Pulls Off Big Upset

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD Sports

The Kaskaskia College Blue Devils pull off a big upset.  They beat number two nationally ranked and previously undefeated Vincennes University 62 to 54.  KC held a slim two point lead at halftime and the game stayed close until near the end, with Vincennes going up a point on KC early in the second half.  Kaskaskia was led by Centralia High grad R.J. Kwiatkowski with 18 points.  Jermaine Ruttley added 15, DaQuan Boyd 13, and Jacob Kampwerth eight.

KC Coach Brian Hancock says this is a big win for the program.  He says their work on zone defense paid off.  "When they did go inside, which is one of their strengths, our guys did a good job of digging down, and covering down, and double teaming.  I think that really helped us get the ball back out.  It's hard for them to get shots on the perimeter and things if  you can get a team reluctant or hesitant to shoot.  Our guys moved well in the zone.  I thought that was a huge piece," Hancock said.

Hancock says there several key performances.  "I thought R.J. shot the ball really well for us.  We were able to get him some separation off a handoff play and he was able to knock down some key shots for us.  I thought both of our inside guys were tough and strong inside.  They rebound the ball and crash the glass really well and I thought both Jacob and Devin gave us some good minutes," Hancock said.

Hancock says Boyd did a good job of handling the ball and Ruttley was able to attack and get to the rim to finish a number of plays.

The win came just three days after another big win against Southeastern.  Hancock told his team before the Southeastern game they were setting their conference record back to 0-0 as they started their second play of conference teams.  He's expects his young team to play much better during the second round of games because they have learned from their close losses.  KC is now 10-11 on the season.

Vincennes was led in Saturday's game by Darius Carter with 20 points and DeShawn Delaney with 13.  Vincennes University was 21-0 going into the game and rated Number Two in the NJCAA Division One Men's Basketball Poll.

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