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Recap: Showcase finals between Kansas City Roos and Florida Gulf Coast

Kansas City Roos guard RayQuawndis Mitchell keeps the ball away from a Florida Gulf Coast defender in the Gulf Coast Showcase.  KC fell despite 29 points from Mitchell on Wednesday November 23, 2022.

Kansas City Roos guard RayQuawndis Mitchell keeps the ball away from a Florida Gulf Coast defender in the Gulf Coast Showcase. KC fell despite 29 points from Mitchell on Wednesday November 23, 2022.

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Kansas City’s run for a potential Gulf Coast Showcase title ended Wednesday in the hands of Florida Gulf Coast. The Roos saw their two-game winning streak end with a 73-59 loss in Estero, Fla.

The Roos were never quite competitive on Wednesday, leading just 15 seconds of play by a point. Kansas City fell back by double digits for the first time at 13:09 and had a second-half excitement to draw to eight, but the game never got any closer than that. FGCU (5-2) led by as much as 18 along the way to a comfortable win.

RayQuawndis Mitchell capped off an outstanding tournament — and a successful start to the season — with 29 points (9-for-13 shooting), four rebounds and a steal. Mitchell hit five three-pointers in the competition as he finished the three-game showcase with a total of nine three-pointers.

Mitchell, who averaged 14.9 points Wednesday, scored 35 points in a stunning opening round win over Toledo and then added 18 more in a narrow win over Indiana State. After Wednesday’s result, he now has an average of 16.6 points per competition.

In earlier rounds of the event, Mitchell had a running mate – or two… or three – to help the Roos over the top. Three starters joined Mitchell in double figures against Toledo while all five starters had at least six rebounds. Against Indiana State, Shemarri Allen netted 22 points while Anderson Kopp added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

On Wednesday, Allen (10 points, 3 shooting from 12) added two free throws in the last minute to join Mitchell as the only other Roo in double figures. Outside of Mitchell, the Roos collectively shot 11 of 46 (23.9%) from the field and 3 of 17 (17.6%) of three.

Kansas City is now 3-5 in the season after earning the aforementioned Gulf Coast Showcase wins as well as a blowout win over Calvary. The Roos will return to action on Nov. 26 against SIU Edwardsville before games against Idaho State (Nov. 29) and Lindenwood (Dec. 3), all of which lead to a road test in Oklahoma on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

This story was originally published Nov 23, 2022 8:58 p.m.

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