St. Cloud, MN - The RCTC Yellowjackets and the SCTCC Cyclones decided to play extra basketball this weekend, as the two teams battled through not one but two overtimes to get a result. In the end it was the Yellowjackets knocking off the previously unbeaten Cyclones 110-101.
St. Cloud took at 45-35 lead into the break, before the Jackets responded in the second half. RCTC held an 81-80 lead with 2:06 remaining in the game. St Cloud's Eric Racine tied it at 81 with 1:24 to go. Just before the clock expired the Yellowjackets Ray Adams knocked down two free throws and the Cyclones Paul Coleman answered with a pair of free throws of his own with 4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
In overtime #1 St. Cloud scored the first four points to take an 87-83 lead, before Jerome Cunningham scored 5 straight points to give the jackets an 88-87 lead. Racine knocked down two free throws to give the Cyclones the advantage and then Ray Adams hit a 3 pointer to give the Jackets a 91-89 lead. Racine followed up with a jumper to tie it and send it in to overtime #2.
In the second overtime it was the Jackets who got off to the quick start as they scored the first six points of the frame to take a 97-91 lead. St Cloud cut the lead to 100-98 before RCTC started knocking down free throws as St. Cloud was forced to foul with under a minute to go. The Jackets were 6-6 from the line in the closing stages of the period to secure the win.
The Jackets were lead by Ray Adams who hit on 12-18 from the floor, and 6-9 from the line for 32 points. The sophomore also added 8 assists. Kong Kong poured in 25 points and a team leading 14 rebounds. Joining Adams and Kong in double figures was Jerome Cunningham who had 22 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the floor.
Eric Racine lead the Cyclones with 32 points.
RCTC is back in action on their home court Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00pm. The Yellowjackets (18-5, 7-3) will take on Riverland (20-3, 8-2).
The game is part of Mind Your Mental Health Day on the RCTC campus. Athletics has partnered with Student Life, Health Services, and the Office of Rights and Responsibilites as well as Zumbro Health to provide Mental Health resources as with as awarenenss surrounding Mental Health issues. The first 50 students in attendance will receive a t-shirt and prizes will be given out for our halftime Lightning game!