Breaking Update: Team Cancels on Raiders After Bench Clearing Altercation

Breaking News out of Niceville this morning (November 2) – Northwest Florida State College will have to scramble to find a new opponent to play on Saturday, November 4th – due to a fight in the East Mississippi game yesterday. 


We reached out to East Mississippi Community College for more information – and are waiting to hear back from them. 


While Coach Steve DeMeo didn’t have details about the fight itself – other than the fact it cleared the benches – he said enough of the team got suspended that East Mississippi will have to back out of the game at Raider Arena. “I don’t feel very good about it all right now, but you’re calling the [military] bases and see if they got a team that they can bring over here on Friday,” DeMeo said. East Mississippi was supposed to play Gulf Coast State College in a tournament game at Raider Arena on Friday – in addition to their game on Saturday. 


NJCAA rules clearly state that any players coming off the bench to join an altercation will be suspended. (Page 25 of this document)


For right now – the Saturday, November 4th contest at 5:30 PM may or may not happen – but it definitely won’t involve East Mississippi Community College. 

Yikes: Raiders Show 'Em Who's Boss In Home Opener

The nationally-ranked, number-one junior college basketball program in the country earned its first win last night in dominating fashion. You’ll see these kids on ESPN soon enough – go see them in person while they are close by, and tickets are dirt cheap. 

The Northwest Florida State College Raiders Men’s Basketball Team put Southern Union State Community College (AL) to the sword at Raider Arena: 90-42. 

The Raiders dominated in all aspects of the game – especially defense. They held the Bison to a 30% shooting percentage across the court.

As you might have guessed – a team effort put together the blistering 90-point scoring night for the Raiders. Rasheed Jones led the way for the Raiders, putting 22 on the board. Jamal Sumlin added another 15 points, seven rebounds, and two steals on the night. 

The Raiders wasted no time establishing their dominance, racing to a 15-8 lead within the first five minutes of play. Redshirt freshman RaSheed Jones wasted no time making his presence felt, draining a three-pointer with 17:32 left in the half to push the Raiders’ lead to six. Tyrese Elliott followed suit, sinking his first triple at the 11:29 mark, giving the Raiders a commanding 13-point lead.

The second half began with the Raiders capitalizing on quick turnovers and executing fast-break plays, with Rasheed Jones and Jadyn Shider contributing to the scoring run. With 11:34 left in the game, the Raiders held a commanding 64-32 lead after a 17-0 scoring burst. Tyrese Elliott added to the lead with his second triple, bringing the margin to 38 points.

Rasheed Jones continued his remarkable performance with his fourth three-pointer of the night, propelling NWF to a staggering 74-35 lead. The Raiders maintained their intensity, closing the game on a 16-7 run, ultimately securing an emphatic 90-42 victory.

The win was a team victory – every player on the 14-man roster had significant playing time and stats to back it up.

“Our most dominant player Tayveon Banks didn’t really score much yesterday. We still won by a big number,” Said NWFSC Head Coach Steve DeMeo, “You now, he’s coming off an ankle injury. So, Antwon Simpkins, another returning guy that we can expect a lot from, played well last night, so we have other guys who can step up when necessary.”

Player of the Game: Rasheed Jones

Rasheed Jones was the standout performer of the night, leading the Raiders with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals, along with his remarkable three-point shooting.

Jamal Sumlin made a strong comeback after redshirting the previous season, contributing 15 points and seven rebounds. Jadyn Shider and Tyrese Elliott also played crucial roles, achieving double-digit scores with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Freshman guard/forward Karahan Efeoglu made a significant impact off the bench with 14 points and nine rebounds, the highest among the Raiders.

The team’s collective effort was evident as all but one player found themselves in the scoring column.

Freshman (RS) standout ReSheed Jones walloped the Bison defense.

Up Next

The Raiders will return to action on Friday, November 3, when they host the Northwest Florida Classic at Raider Arena.

Check out the Raiders Schedule here

NWFSC will host East Central Community College of Decatur, Mississippi, and East Mississippi Community College. 

Friday’s tilt will be East Central’s first game of the year. The Raiders and Warriors will tip off at 7:30 PM. 

The East Mississippi Lions will play the Raiders on Saturday, November 4, at 4:00 PM. 

RELATED: NWFSC Will Host Postseason Tournaments for Men’s and Women’s Basketball through 2026

Lady Raiders Tip Off Their Season on Friday

The Defending National Champion NWFSC Lady Raiders Basketball Squad will start their season Friday night when they visit Panama City to play Salt Lake Community College. The Lady Raiders will play two games in Panama City over the weekend – the other matchup, against Central Georgia Technical College, takes place on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

The Lady Raiders will have their first home game on November 10, when Miami-Dade College comes to town.


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