Rochester, MN - The RCTC Yellowjackets men's basketball team continued their run of success as they downed both Northland and Itasca on the road to up their win streak to 7 games. The Jackets took care of Northland Community and Technical College 73-69 on Friday night, before turning around and dropping Itasca Community College 87-58 on Saturday afternoon.
In game one against Northland the Yellowjackets got off to a great start as they built a 16 point margin and took a 37-21 lead into the break. The second half though, belonged to Northland's Bakri Gubara as he nearly singlehandedly brought the Pioneers back. Northland outscored the Jackets 48-36 in the second half. RCTC however held on down the stretch for the win. Once again it was Kong Kong leading the way as the sophomore scored 19 points on 8-17 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds to lead the way for RCTC. As has been the case in this stretch of games for the Jackets it has been balanced scoring that has proven key. RCTC had Ray Adams (15), and Mickey Jah (12) join Kong in double figures, while Devin Melzer added 9 points of the bench. In addition to his 15 points Adams had 5 steals on the night. For Northland Gubara lead the way with 32 points.
In the second game of the weekend series, the Jackets lead from start to finish in downing Itasca CC 87-58. RCTC once again got out of the gates quickly as they took a 54-22 leadinto the halftime break, before cruising to the win in the second half. RCTC's Jerome Cunningham and Kong Kong lead the way offensively with each scoring 18 points. Ray Adams had 11 while Karmoga Lero added 9. The Jackets shot 58% on the game while holding Itasca to 33% shooting. The Jackets also held a 36-29 rebounding edge and forced 20 Itasca turnovers.
RCTC (8-1) is averaging 81 points per game and shooting over 50% from the floor on the season. The Jackets have two games remaining before they head into the Holiday break, as they travel to Anoka Ramsey for the ARCC Holiday Classic this weekend. RCTC will first take on Bay College followed by a game against Bismarck State College. The game against Bay is a rematch of a game back on November 8th in which the Jackets won 88-75 to open the season.