Panthers blow out Indy 91-65 at Homecoming

Sophomore Joseph Acuil and BJ Jenkins broke into the list of top 20 scorers at Neosho County Community College in the Panthers’ Homecoming and home season closing 91-65 drubbing of Independence Community College on Saturday.

Acuil is now No. 15 on the all-time scoring list with 966 career points. Acuil is also at No. 15 in the list of single season scorers. Jenkins sits at No. 20 in career points with 936.

Par Downing has the most points in Neosho scoring history with 1,441. Downing attended Neosho from 1989 to 1991.

It was sophomore night as well for the Panthers.

Neosho shot 52.3 percent from the field , 21.7 percent from three and 72 percent from the charity stripe.

Independence shot 40.3 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three and 54.5 percent from the line.

Acuil finished the night with 26 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots.

“I don’t think about it much,” Acuil said about hitting 1,000 points. “I just go out and play and if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t it doesn’t really matter much to me.” 

Jenkins had 20 points, five steals, five assists and four rebounds.

“I was honestly surprised when Coach Coombs put it on Twitter,” Jenkins said about breaking the top 20 in scoring. “I was surprised I was anywhere close to getting 1,000 points in my career.

Fellow sophomores Brett Frantz finished with eight points, four assists and four boards, and Deshawn Terrell had six points, six assists.

The Neosho careers of the four sophomores who led the Panthers to the first Region VI tournament since 2005 is over after Wednesday at Cowley Community College in Arkansas City.

“Obviously I want to win my last game as a Neosho Panther,” Acuil said. “It’s been a great two years here and I really enjoyed it. I loved playing with coach, he’s one of the coolest guys ever. It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

“I’d glad I came,” Jenkins said. “I recommend everybody to go to JuCo before they go to prep school, before they go D2, D3 anything. JuCo is a nice level. There is a lot of competition here and I had a lot of fun at Neosho.”

Acuil will stick around Chanute until graduation before departing for Waco, Texas and the University of Baylor this summer. He will continue to work to improve while at Neosho.

“I’m not where I need to be, but I’m closer than where I was before I got here,” Acuil said. “Right after the season, I’ll have to put in more work. I’m happy as far as how my game is going forward.”  

Jenkins is looking for a chance to play NCAA Division 1 basketball next season, but has a few things to iron out before he signs.

“I’ll most likely commit in the summer,” Jenkins said. “I’m just weighing all my options right now and taking care of my work and I’ll be good after that.”

Box score:

Neosho 45 46 – 91

Indy      28 37 – 65

Neosho: Joseph Acuil 26, BJ Jenkins 20, Brett Frantz 8, Jackson Perez 7, Deshawn Terrell 6, Greg Wimberly 8, Freddie McSwain 8, Garin Vandiver 6, Malik Henderson 2.

Independence: Nadir Alston 9, Rafeal Silva 8, Michael Carson 6, Eric Lolar 5, Davaunhnte Turner 19, Sean Taylor 9, Adam Thompson 3, Devonte Carter 2.

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