Diakite opens JUCO Playoffs in style

6'10 Nouha Diakite opened the NJCAA Region VI Playoffs with a bang. Dikite, a University of Louisville signee, led Barton with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Barton SID Mike Marzolf comments on Diakite's outstanding performance.

Diakite leads Barton in JUCO Playoffs

6'10 Nouha Diakite of Barton County C.C. had a big game versus Kansas City C.C. in the opening round of the NJCAA Region VI Playoffs.  Barton overcame a 71-64 deficit with less than 9 minutes to play in the game to defeat KCK, 88-75 and advance to play in Salina, KS this weekend.

Diakite led the Cougars and tied his career high with 24 points on 6-8 shooting from the field.  He got to the line frequently against KCK and drained 12-14 from the charity stripe.  Diakite also pulled down 7 rebounds, 6 at the defensive end and blocked a shot in 27 minutes of action.

"He was really active," Barton County SID Mike Marzolf told ITV.  "He scored quite a bit early to keep us in the game," Marzolf added.

Marzolf made special mention of Diakite free throw shooting.  "He made 51 % last season and this year he's shooting 71%...73% in conference play," Marzolf said.

According to Marzolf, Diakite, who leads Barton in offensive rebounds this season, gets a lot of his points on putbacks.

"He has some post moves and can step out and knock down the short jumper but he gets a lot of points off of offensive rebounds....and he dunks a lot," said Marzolf.

Barton will play Cloud County in the Region VI quarterfinals on Sunday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, KS.  The Cougars must win 3 games in Salina to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament later this month.

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS
Kansas City Blue Devils vs Barton County
3-5-03 7pm at Great Bend
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VISITORS: Kansas City Blue Devils 10-21
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Stephone Washington. *  3-7    2-4    0-3    0  0  0   3   8  3  0  0  1  25
15 Damione Liddell..... *  1-5    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   4   2  0  1  0  0  24
21 Nathan Winslow...... *  4-9    3-6    0-0    0  4  4   2  11  2  0  0  0  29
22 Greg Wells.......... *  6-9    1-3    1-1    3  9 12   4  14  3  2  0  1  30
33 Craig Walls......... *  6-17   1-2    3-4    1  4  5   4  16  6  3  1  2  37
01 Jonathan Danner.....    7-12   5-10   0-0    0  1  1   3  19  2  0  0  1  27
23 Kurtis Lewis........    2-2    1-1    0-0    0  2  2   2   5  0  0  0  0  10
44 Sethius Rogers......    0-5    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  2  1  1  0  18
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   29-66  13-26   4-8    5 23 28  22  75 18  7  2  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-35 45.7%   2nd Half: 13-31 41.9%   Game: 43.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  8-15 53.3%   2nd Half:  5-11 45.5%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-1  100 %   2nd Half:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 50.0%    2

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HOME TEAM: Barton County 28-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Rodney Epperson..... *  5-11   0-1    4-5    2  5  7   1  14  1  2  0  1  37
04 Nouha Diakite....... *  6-11   0-0   12-14   1  6  7   2  24  0  1  1  0  27
12 Cody Rierson........ *  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  1  2  0  1   9
20 Justin Rose......... *  6-10   2-4    3-4    1  7  8   1  17  5  1  0  1  38
54 Robert Whaley....... *  8-18   0-0    0-2    2  7  9   3  16  1  3  0  1  36
03 Randy Pulley........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
13 Richard Chavez......    3-3    1-1    2-2    0  3  3   0   9 13  1  0  0  32
21 Tyler Luke..........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  0  0  0   8
42 Maurcio Branwell....    4-5    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   1   8  1  0  2  0  13
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   32-59   3-6   21-27   8 34 42   8  88 23 10  3  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 20-36 55.6%   2nd Half: 12-23 52.2%   Game: 54.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half:  1-2  50.0%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half: 16-19 84.2%   Game: 77.8%    2

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Attendance: 1153
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Kansas City Blue Devils.......   41   34  -   75
Barton County.................   47   41  -   88
NJCAA Rank - #4
1st round of Region VI Playoffs



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