Independence and Coffeyville remain in first place in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division while Cowley is now a game back after the Pirates edged the Tigers Wednesday.
Independence Community College made 22 free throws compared to 3 by Cowley Community College in a 74-69 home victory. The Pirates were led by freshman Titus Rubles, who scored 31 points. The 6-8 freshman from Dallas also had 31 in a game against Johnson County earlier this month.
Cowley’s Kelton Marshall sank a 3-pointer to tie the game at 67 with about three minute left. The Pirates made a free throw and than a Rubles bucket put them up three.
Because of two clutch offensive rebounds, Independence was able to run a lot of time off the clock in the final two minutes before Anthony Downing made two free throws with 22 seconds left.
“They are a talented team, but we gave it away there in the second half,” said Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme in a news release. “We just didn’t make plays and get rebounds when we needed to.”
Iowa State recruit Tyrus McGee led Cowley with 25. The Tigers are now 5-2 in the league and 14-5 overall. They face Neosho County on Sunday.
Independence improves to 6-1 in the league and 14-5 overall. They are tied for first with No. 11 Coffeyville (17-2, 6-1) who defeated Neosho County 101-91 Wednesday.
Kevin Broussard scored 30 to lead the Red Ravens while Stacy Wilson added 24 points and seven rebounds. Coffeyville shot 52 percent from the field and was 15 of 32 from 3-point land. Broussard made nine of those. Coffeyville is at Johnson County Saturday.
In what turned out to be the game of the night, Allen County beat Fort Scott 55-54. Jason Smith had 21 points, including knocking in 11 of 14 free throws. Teance Walton had 17 to lead Fort Scott and he hit two free throws with seven seconds left to cut Allen County’s lead to one point.
Smith traveled with 5.8 seconds left giving Fort Scott a final chance. Walton’s shot was blocked Keevis Tukes. Alex Barner got to the ball for the Greyhounds and put up what would have been a buzzer beater, but his shot missed.
Allen County is 5-13 while Fort Scott fell to 2-16.
In other action Wednesday Highland routed Labette 88-53 and Garden City beat Pratt 67-49.
The Barton County at Hutchinson game was postponed until today because of bad weather and the Cloud County at Dodge City game has been postponed until a later day.