Lady Commodores Lose Another Heart-Breaker, 63-60, to Westmoreland CC


by Ken Hoffman

November 21, 2017 – The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team lost another tightly-contested home game on Tuesday, November 21, 63-60, to Westmoreland CC.

Sophomore forward Angel Blakely once again paced LCCC with a double-double of 21 points – including 12 in the third quarter when the Lady Commodores cut an 11-point halftime deficit to just two points – and a team-high 13 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson (pictured) added 13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.  LCCC also received 10 points and 7 boards from freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom, who turned an ankle in the first quarter and was less than 100 percent.

LCCC led, 60-59, with just under two minutes to play on a basket by sophomore forward Sami Shaw, but the Wolfpack scored the game’s final four points.

Westmoreland CC won the game at the foul line, converting 17-of-22 foul shots compared to 5-of-8 for LCC.   Lorain County actually outscored Westmoreland from the field, 55-46. The Lady Commodores also committed 20 turnovers.

“Angel had a very nice game, but we had 20 turnovers and a lack of attacking the basket, yet it came down to the last possession,” Head Coach Vince Granito pointed out.

Westmoreland led at halftime, 41-30 and was led by sophomore guard Kylee Surike’s team-high 17 points.  The Wolfpack improves to 5-1 for the season while LCCC is now 3-5.

The Lady Commodores next action is a week from Wednesday, November 29, when they travel to Lakeland CC for a 5:30 tipoff.

Box score 

Lady Commodores Lose a Heart-Breaker to Pitt-Titusville in the Home Opener, 87-82

Angle Blakely
by Ken Hoffman
The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team could not hold onto a nine-point halftime lead, 40-31, as Pitt-Titusville shot 48 percent in the second half to defeat the Lady Commodores on Sunday afternoon, November 19, 87-82.
LCCC led, 69-68, with 5:30 to play, as the lead changed hands 10 times and the game was tied seven times.   
LCCC built the halftime lead thanks in large part to guard Hannah Oehlstrom’s 21-point outburst.  The freshman from Avon Lake made 8-of-11 shots including a perfect 5-for-5 on three-point attempts. She finished with a personal-high 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured) paced LCCC with a personal-high 28 points and 12 rebounds.  Blakely had a remarkable second half with 20 points and 10 boards.  Sophomore forward Jasmine White also contributed a double-double with personal-highs of 18 points and a huge 20 rebounds.
Pitt-Titusville was led by sophomore Samantha McHenry with a game-high 29.  Sophomore Alexis O’Donnell added 23 – 19 in the second half — and sophomore Rebecca Fagley tallied 20.  As a team, the Panthers shot 36 percent, 48 percent in the decisive second half.  LCCC managed only 30 percent on 100 shots from the floor.
McHenry scored 14 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter, including four three-pointers.  “We need to understand when they have a shooter on the floor and who has the hot hand,” Head Coach Vince Granito said.
LCCC’s fate was sealed with 26 turnovers, 15 more than the Panthers.  “The turnovers ended up being the difference,” Granito commented.  “Our shooting was poor, particularly around the basket,” Granito added.
The Lady Commodores led by as many as 11 points early in the third quarter.  Pitt’s largest lead was six, coming down the stretch.
LCCC’s record is now 3-4.  The Lady Commodores are home again on Tuesday afternoon, November 21, against Westmoreland CC at 5 p.m.

LCCC Extends Winning Streak to Five With Decisive Home Victory over Pitt-Titusville, 109-84


by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, November 19, as all 14 players scored on the way to a 109-84 decision over Pitt-Titusville in the Commodores’ home-opener.  LCCC jumped out to a 14-2 lead on the way to a 47-37 halftime advantage.  The lead grew to 30 at 79-49 with 9:15 to play.

The Commodores featured five players scoring in double figures, led by the game’s only double-double of a personal-high14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Miles Meredith (pictured).  Meredith converted 7-of-10 shots.  As a team, the Commodores shot 42 percent for the game, including 46 percent after halftime.

Sophomore forward Daniel Lott also contributed 14 points.  Sophomore guard Mike Rell added 13 points and five rebounds.  Freshman guard Justis Craig made 4-of-5 shots on the way to his personal-high 11 points and freshman forward Jovon Jones tallied 10 points – including two slam dunks during the Commodores’ 13-0 run that took a five-point game to an 18-point lead early in the second half.  Jones also added six rebounds and a blocked shot.

Sophomore guard Kevin Kelley only scored three points but played an outstanding game with six rebounds, a block, a steal and a game-high five assists, several of the spectacular variety.  “Our good defense got the offense going,” Kelley stated.

“Our plan is that every man bring something to the table,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said.  “ We are playing for each other and that charges you up as a teammate; you want to do your part.  It’s always about defense; that’s what ignites your offense,” Eggleston added.

LCCC dominated the boards with a 58-34 advantage.  “We had great rebounding and that leads to great offense,” rebounding-leader Meredith pointed out.

Pitt-Titusville was led by sophomore Daquon Sanders with a game-high 20 points and team-high 8 rebounds.

LCCC will take its’ 5-0 mark into a home game on Tuesday evening, November 21, against Westmoreland CC at 7 p.m.

 Box Score 

Nearly-Flawless First Half Propels LCCC to 105-93 Victory at Owens CC

Daniel Lott
by Ken Hoffman
November 16, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team — led by six players in double figures and the team’s best half of basketball to date — beat Owens CC on Thursday night, 105-93, to stay undefeated at 4-0 this season.
Sophomore forward Dan Lott (pictured) paced a balanced scoring attack with 17 points.  Freshman guard Jatee Dudley made a great contribution with 15 points.  Sophomore forward Zach Swain converted 5-of-10 shots for 12 points.  Freshman point guard Justis Craig played great defense and added 11 points as did sophomore forward Mike Rell and sophomore guard Kevin Kelley.  Freshman guard Montez Day added nine points.
“We played a flawless first half; our best basketball to this point in the season,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said. “We won the first half by 33 points (62-29).  We got out on them and attacked the basket well.  Everyone contributed and we had excellent shooting overall,” Eggleston commented.
Owens — a DII program — fought back to within eight points before the Commodores regained their composure to close out the game.  “Owens is very athletic and they are bigger than we are.  This was ground-breaking for us,” Eggleston added. 
The Commodores have started the season with four straight wins.  They will host Pitt-Titusville —  another DII school — on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Lady Commodores Basketball Out-manned at Owens CC– ranked #17 in DII –118-53

Angle Blakely

by Ken Hoffman

November 16, 2017 —  The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team ran into a tall front line at Owens CC on Thursday evening and Owens pounded the ball inside on the way to a 118-53 victory over the Lady Commodores.  Owens — the #17 team in DII — started a front line of 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1 and used its clear height advantage to score 68 points in the paint compared to 12 inside points for LCCC.

LCCC received a team-high 16 points — including 14 in the first half — from sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured) before she had to leave the game in the third quarter with a hip injury.  Freshman guard Rose Carter pitched in with 12 points and freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom contributed 11.

“I was happy with our play in the first half,” Head Coach Vince Granito said.  “But Owens kept pounding it inside and we have no answer for their height around the basket,” Granito concluded.

The Lady Commodores stayed close in the first quarter, trailing 25-16 before Owens put 27 more on the board in the second quarter, opening a 52-26 halftime lead.  Owens stretched the lead by 12 more in the third quarter (82-44) and continued the inside scoring to the tune of 34-9 in the final quarter.

Owens CC was led by its First Team All-Conference forward, Kayla Ivey, who tallied 28 points.

LCCC owns a 3-3 record and returns home for a Sunday game versus DII Pitt-Titusville at 3 p.m.

Oehlstrom and Jones Earn Week Two OCCAC Basketball Players of the Week

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OCCAC Players of the Week Nov 6-12, 2017

Except from Kyle Kuhlman, OCCAC Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Four student-athletes were selected Monday (Nov. 13) as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Basketball Players of the Week. Ryann Greenfield (Cuyahoga) and Quantes Jackson (Sinclair) are the D-II award recipients while Lorain County’s Hannah Oehlstrom and Jovon Jones both collected the D-III weekly award.

Lorain County Community College Freshman guard
 Oehlstrom buried 11 of 22 three-point attempts and knocked in 49 percent of her field goal attempts overall while compiling an 18.7 points per game average. She crashed the boards for 22 rebounds total in three contests, pairing 10 rebounds against Penn State DuBois with 13 points for a double-double. She upped the ante in the next two games, scoring 23 and 20 points versus Anne Arundel Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College, respectively.  
NOTE: Second straight OCCAC Player of the Week award for Oehlstrom.

Lorain County Community College Freshman forward
 Jones swiped the glass for 13 rebounds in the past week, helping Lorain County improve to 3-0 on the young season. The freshman forward chipped in 20 points offensively on 9-of-15 shooting and four assists. He got it done defensively, too, notching two blocks and a steal in each game.
NOTE:  First career OCCAC Player of the Week award for Jones and second straight D-III men’s accolade for Lorain County.

Congratulations Hannah and Jovon, way to keep it going in the second week!

JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for November 6-12, 2017


Hannah Oehlstrom (5’2” Freshman from Avon Lake (Avon Lake HS))

 Hannah Oehlstrom

In LCCC Women’s Basketball Team’s 3 games this week (2 wins,1 loss), Hannah scored 56 points (18.7/game), 22 rebounds (7.3/game), 12 assists (4/game), and 5 steals (1.7/game). She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Westmoreland Tip Off Classic because of her performance there. Hannah’s play has been a big part of LCCC’s strong start to the season where the team has already equaled their win total from a year ago. Hannah has been named OCCAC Player of the Week for the first two weeks of the season! Besides basketball, Hannah also competed in golf in high school. Hannah is majoring in education and works as a babysitter and in her mom’s daycare to prepare for this career.


Also nominated this week:
Daniel Lott, Men’s Basketball, sophomore from Brooklyn. Last week, Dan was named the OCCAC Player of the Week for scoring 23 points against CCAC Boyce. Dan shot 8 for 15 from the field and 1 for 2 from the line and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Commodores’ Second Half Propels LCCC Past Lehigh Carbon CC, 101-69, in the Westmoreland CC Wolfpack Tip Off Classic


by Ken Hoffman

November 11, 2017 –The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team won its third straight game, 101-69, over Lehigh Carbon CC on Saturday afternoon at the Westmoreland CC Tournament.  The Commodores jumped out to a 38-31 halftime lead before outscoring Lehigh, 63-38, in the second half.
“We received a great second half from our entire bench,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said . “Everyone played very well,” he commented.
Freshman center/forward Jovon Jones scored a team-high 14 points on six-of-eight shooting and sophomore guard Kevin Kelly added five points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.  Both Jones and Kelly were selected to the all-tournament team.   
Freshman guard Montez Day enjoyed quite a game with 13 points on six-of-seven shooting, a team-high eight assists and three steals.  Freshman guard Thomas Hronis added 13 points and three steals.  Freshman guard Kevin Miller, Jr., tallied 10 points and three steals.  Sophomore forward Miles Meredith grabbed a team-high eight rebounds along with six points.
LCCC is 3-0 for the young season and will travel to Toledo to play DII member Owens CC on Thursday, November 16, for a 7 p.m. tip off.  

LCCC Men’s Basketball Improves to 2-0 with Strong Defense In Westmoreland Tournament Win over Anne Arundel CC, 91-63


by Ken Hoffman

November 10, 2017– The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team — sparked by the defense of freshman guard Oscar Dorsey — led the entire game and ran away from Anne Arundel Community College, 91-63, in the opener of the Westmoreland CC Tournament on Friday afternoon. 
Dorsey came off the bench to rev up the team’s defensive effort and also scored five points in the first quarter.   “We were solid today; everyone played well,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston noted.  “Oscar really ignited our defense, and (freshman point guard) Justis Craig turned up the heat with five or six steals,” Eggleston added.
The scoring was led by sophomore forward Zach Swain with 15 points and sophomore Mike Rell with 14.  Sophomore forward Daniel Lott added nine points.  Freshman forward/center Jovon Jones tallied six points and a team-high nine rebounds while freshman forward Jatee Dudley added six points and six rebounds.  In all, 13 of the 15 players scored for LCCC.
“I was proud of how they guarded today; the defense triggered everything,” Eggleston commented,” Everyone contributed well.”
The Commodores led 44-25 at halftime behind Rell’s 11 first-half points.
LCCC takes its 2-0 record into tomorrow’s game against Lehigh CC at noon.

Lady Commodores Win Big In Westmoreland Tip Off Classic Over Lehigh Carbon CC, 93-39

by Ken Hoffman

November 11, 2017 — The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team capped off the Westmoreland Wolfpack Tip Off Classic on Saturday with a decisive 93-39 victory over Lehigh Carbon CC.

LCCC bounced back from yesterday’s poor shooting (22%) to make a whopping 57% from the floor, including an astounding 13-of-19 three-point shots (68%).
“When you make 13 of 19 three’s, you’re not going to lose too many games,” Head Coach Vince Granito commented. ” It was great to rebound from yesterday with excellent shooting today,” Granito added.
Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson scored a game-high 26 points.  LCCC also received two double-doubles from freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom with 20 points and 10 assists, and sophomore forward Sarah Kyser with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
LCCC also notched 27 assists. “That tells me we moved the ball well,” Granito said of the assist total.
The Lady Commodores jumped out to a 21-11 lead in the first quarter and essentially put the game out of reach with a 26-8 advantage in the second quarter over the out-manned Lady Cougars, to take a 47-19 lead into halftime.
Freshman guard NaYani Pope scored nine points and sophomore forward Angel Blakely added eight.  All 10 LCCC players added to the scoring.
Carlson and Oehlstrom were named to the all-tournament team for their two-day performances. 
The Lady Commodores improve to 3-2 this season, already matching last year’s win total after just five games.  They will travel to Owens CC on Thursday for a 5 p.m. contest.