Holmes loses heartbreaker in NJCAA quarterfinals

Published 10:25 am Friday, March 20, 2015

Holmes Community College’s surprising run through the NJCAA National Tournament came to a crushing and sudden end Thursday afternoon.

Hill College’s Tyrell Bellott-Green hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.9 seconds left and the Rebels hung on to beat Holmes 73-72 in the NJCAA quarterfinals in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The Bulldogs (25-7) had a chance in the final seconds, but a shot from Jarvis Williams was off the mark.

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“It came down to one possession, and we weren’t locked in on that possession,” Holmes coach Jason Flanigan said. “When you don’t lock in, it may cost you. We left the man open in the corner, and he made a great shot. We had another chance to go up, but we just didn’t execute.”

Marcus Johnson Jr. led Hill College (Texas) with 25 points seven rebounds and six assists, while Jemerrio Jones had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Bellott-Green scored 12 points.

Daryl Macon finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Holmes, Williams scored 16 points and Dietrich Taylor had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Vicksburg High stars D’Angelo Richardson and Edward Davis played, but did not score for Holmes. Richardson was 0-for-2 from the field. Holmes forward Gerald Glass Jr., a former Warren Central star, did not play.

Holmes just missed becoming the lowest-seeded team to advance to the Division I Final Four since seeding began in 2012. Holmes was seeded 20th in the 32-team tournament.

Holmes was also trying to follow the lead of Jones Junior College, which won last year’s national title.

“I’m proud of my guys,” Flanigan said. “It’s been a wonderful season and a wonderful ride. They’ve been working for me all year. They’ve been working for Coach Harrison all year. They fought until the end, but we weren’t focused on that one possession. We’ll build on this and get ready for next year.”