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LCCC Men’s Basketball Loses on the Road to DII Sinclair CC

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Justin Newman

February 10, 2019 – – The polar vortex did no favors for the Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team, as they had to suit up for their 5th game in just eight days with all the rescheduled contests.

After a home loss to Clark State on Saturday, LCCC travelled to Sinclair Community College for a 3 pm tipoff today, playing back to back OCCAC games this weekend against DII opponents.

Lorain got into early foul trouble and found themselves down by 20 in the contest, before trading baskets the rest of the way with the Tartan Pride, in the end losing to Sinclair 92-68.

“It was a tough matchup today and rough playing so many games in such a short stretch,” stated Lorain Head Coach Marty Eggleston. “We had great effort by several players, but after getting into foul trouble, we could never really get any momentum going to get back into the game.”

No final stats were available at the time of this press release but according to Eggleston, “Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) had 29 points, plus Jacob Marsh (Elyria) and Isaiah Linder (Brooklyn) both scored in double-digits.”

The Commodores drop to 13-12 overall and 4-8 in the OCCAC, while Sinclair improves to 15-8 and 6-3.

LCCC heads back home for an OCCAC matchup against Columbus State on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Game time is 7:30 pm.

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Lady Commodores Finish Strong, Beat Clark State 70-65

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Tyeisha Sain and Hannah Oehlstrom Celebrate Sophomore Day with family

by Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 9, 2019 – – The Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College beat the Eagles of Clark State Community College in wild 70-65 home win. With that win, the team now holds the 2nd most wins ever in a season for LCCC.

The sophomore Lady Commodores, Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) and Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake), were honored today after both playing in 50 games for LCCC.

Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) stole the show in the first half by stealing the ball from the Eagles. The Freshman recorded 13 first half points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) was a force on defense, raking in 4 steals in the first half. LCCC had the lead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was big for the Lady Commodores as they outscored the Eagles 22-13. Lorain grabbed a whopping 12 steals by the end of the first half; on pace for a season-high. Lorain commanded a 37-25 lead at halftime.

Clark State came into the second half focused to start the 3rd quarter, dropping 21 points while holding Lorain to 10. Clark State’s shooting was much improved, while Lorain’s shooters struggled to find their rhythm. Lorain held a narrow 47-46 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

There were several lead changes in the final quarter, but LCCC pulled away in final minutes, outscoring the Eagles 23-17.

Four players landed in double digit scoring for Lorain, including Rahmon-Sumlin, Sain, Oehlstrom, and Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf), leading the team to a strong finish in the final quarter versus the Division II school. Rahmon-Sumlin led the Lady Commodores with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while also registering 3 steals and 1 assist. Sain finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a key block late in the game.

LCCC Head Coach Vincent Granito said after the win, “I was just really proud of our effort today. We are learning that out-hustling teams can make up for players that are much taller than us. We got several key offensive rebounds and that’s a matter of wanting it more.”

LCCC is now 11-13 overall and 5-6 in conference games. Clark State falls to 7-14 and 2-9 in conference games.

The Lady Commodores are on the road to face the Sinclair Community College Athletics at 1 p.m., Sunday February 10, 2019.

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LCCC Commodores Fall Short to DII Clark State

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Andrew Nelson

By Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 9, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team fell short of Clark State Community College at home Saturday by a final score of 85-78.

Strong efforts and double digit first halves by starters Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) and Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) kept the Commodores rolling early. Hronis had 12 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds at the end of 20 minutes. Jones totaled 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the first half. Aggressive play by Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) led him to a monstrous 5 first half steals, along with 8 points and 2 rebounds. LCCC led 41-40 at the half.

LCCC fell behind in the 2nd half but made an honorable effort at a late comeback. A key 3-point field goal in the final minute of the game by Jacob Marsh (Elyria) gave the Commodores a glimmer of hope, but it was simply too late for LCCC to salvage the win.

Hronis finished with a team-high 24 points, while adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. Jones lead the team in rebounds with 9 and Nelson lead the team with 6 steals, his most in a game this season.

LCCC Head Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “We lacked rhythm.” On having to play a road game the very next day Eggleston said, “We’re right back at it tomorrow. My goal is that we come ready to play tomorrow.”

LCCC falls to 13-11 overall and 4-7 in conference games. Clark State is now 12-12 overall and 4-8 in conference games.

The Commodores are on the road to face Sinclair Community College at 3 p.m., Sunday February 10, 2019.

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Commodore Men Fall to 20th Ranked Team in NJCAA DII

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Justin Newman

By Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 6, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team fell to the conference-leading Cuyahoga Community College Triceratops at home Wednesday, 89-76. Tri-C came into the game as the 20th ranked team in the NJCAA DII.

LCCC was aggressive early, leading the game for over four minutes. The first half also featured multiple lead changes and nearly five minutes of the game being tied. A great effort by Tri-C on getting steals and second chance points resulted in the Commodores falling behind. Tri-C lead at the half 39-29.

Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) lead the Commodores with 10 first half points. Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A Taft) lead the team with 4 first half rebounds.

Both teams shot the ball better from the floor in the second half. Lorain’s field goal percentage improved by 13.2% in the second half while their 3-point field goal percentage improved by 18.3%. Turnovers and rebounding continued to fall in favor of Tri-C, beating the Commodores on offensive rebounds 16-6. Hronis lead the Commodores with 19 points and 3 steals, while also having 1 assist. Newman played all 40 minutes of the game, collecting 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) finished with 16 points. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) finished with 15 points after hitting 4 3-point field goals in the second half.

Commodore Head Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “They shot the ball exceptionally well from range tonight, but we will keep grinding. We’re in a tough conference. We’ll be back to work on Saturday night.”

LCCC falls to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in conference games. Tri-C is now 17-5 overall and 8-1 in conference games.

The Commodores host Clark State at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 9.

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Lady Commodores Earn 10th Victory with Win over Triceratops

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Marquita Thompson

February 4, 2019 – – Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team pulled off a huge victory over local rival, Cuyahoga Community College with a 57-54 win that came down to the final seconds and a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tri-C. The Commodores were just 2-10 all-time against the Triceratops coming into tonight’s game, a team they haven’t beaten since 2008.

The Triceratops lived up to their name, but instead of three horns it seemed like they each had three hands when crashing the boards – grabbing 61 rebounds to 31 for the Commodores. Lorain got out to an early 11-6 lead in the first, but Tri-C closed the gap with several second chance opportunities. The second quarter started with a quick three by LCCC to go up 19-12, when Tri-C again battled back to keep it close at the half.

Tri-C made a run in the third period to knot the score and the teams traded buckets the rest of the night, in a game that featured 10 lead changes up until the final moments.

LCCC Head Coach, Vince Granito, said, “I think the key to our game was that we just out-hustled them and wore them down. Tri-C beat us on the boards by 30 rebounds…a game you would rarely win, but our bench outscored their bench 31-0. We didn’t get many rebounds, but we came up with key rebounds when it mattered. ”

Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) had an outstanding shooting night for the Commodores, connecting on 7-10 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from long-distance, to finish with 18 points. Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) led LCCC with 10 boards, while just missing the double-double with 9 points. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) was the only other LCCC player in double-digits, adding 10 points.

LCCC’s 10th victory of the season, matches the best win total since the 2013-14 season and their best since joining the competitive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference in the 2014-15 season. Lorain now stands at 10-13 overall and 4-6 in OCCAC play. Tri-C falls to 9-11 and 3-5 in the conference.

LCCC returns home at 1 p.m., this Saturday, February 9, 2019 against OCCAC D-III rival Clark State.

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Bobcats Use Strong Third Quarter to Defeat Commodores

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Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin

February 4, 2019 – – Bryant and Stratton College (OH) used a third quarter scoring surge over Lorain County Community College to hand the Commodores a 58-44 loss in Women’s Basketball, outpacing them 24-11 in the period.

LCCC started the game with an early 11-4 lead, before missing several key scoring opportunities that allowed Bryant and Stratton to hang in the game. The Commodores shot just 7-40 (17.5%) from the field and 2-15 (13.3%) in 3-point range in the half, while the Bobcats didn’t fare much better at 7-25 (28%) and 1-7 (14.3%) from the arc. Despite their own scoring struggles, Bryant and Stratton continued to play aggressively taking a 23-22 lead into the locker room.

The third quarter belonged to the Bobcats, as they patiently worked for better shots.  Every time LCCC scored the Bobcats answered on the offensive end.  LCCC managed to get within 10 several times down the stretch but poor 3-point shooting and limited second chance shots kept them from getting back into contention in the game. Lorain finished the game shooting just 22.1% from the field (15-68) and 11.1% from the 3-point line.

Vince Granito, LCCC Head Coach, said “It was just a bad shooting night for us, which is hard to overcome. We’ll get back to work tomorrow at practice and hopefully have a better night in our next game.”

Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) led the Commodores in scoring with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Nine of Rahmon-Sumlin’s points came from the charity stripe, as she was 9-12 on the night.

LCCC is back in action at 5:30 p.m., February 6, 2019 at home against Cuyahoga Community College.

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JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for January 28-February 3, 2019

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Thomas Hronis

Thomas Hronis (6’0” Sophomore from North Ridgeville (North Ridgeville HS))

A record-breaking performance by Thomas helped him earn OCCAC DIII Player of the Week Honors in Men’s Basketball. This is the second time this season Hronis has earned OCCAC accolades, the last one coming back in November 2018. Thomas broke the LCCC record for most 3-point shots made in a game in a 116-82 rout of Owens CC, with a 9-17 effort from the arc in just 22 minutes of play. His nine 3-pointers bested the previous record of eight set by Nate Penman in the 2013-2014 season. He shot 55% (11-20) from the field to finish with a career high 34 points and also added 6 rebounds. Thomas enjoys playing 2k and working out. Thomas was a three sport athlete, playing football and baseball along with basketball. He looks to his mom as the person who has inspired him the most. Congratulations Thomas!


LCCC’S Thomas Hronis Earns OCCAC D-III Player of the Week Nod

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Thomas Hronis

February 5, 2019 – – A record-breaking performance by Lorain County Community College Guard, Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) helped him earn Ohio Community College Athletic Conference D-III Player of the Week Honors in Men’s Basketball. This is the second time this season Hronis has earned OCCAC accolades, the last one coming back in November 2018.

Hronis broke the LCCC record for most 3-point shots made in a game in a 116-82 rout of Owens Community College, with a 9-17 effort from the arc in just 22 minutes of play. His nine 3-pointers bested the previous record of eight set by Nate Penman in the 2013-2014 season. He shot 55% (11-20) from the field to finish with a career high 34 points and also added 6 rebounds.

Breaking records is nothing new for the 6-0 Sophomore. Hronis set the mark of eight 3’s made in a game for North Ridgeville High School during his Senior Year in 2017 and was ranked 13th in Ohio for 3-point field goal shooting percentage. His 68 3-pointers made also set the Lorain County Boy’s Basketball season record.

According to Hronis, “I really didn’t play much my first season at LCCC but I wanted to improve and contribute to the team’s success. Coach (Marty Eggleston) worked with me in the off-season to help build my confidence, I worked out hard, put on 25 pounds, and spent a lot of time in the gym.”

Coach Egglstrom praised Hronis stating, “Tom is the best 3-point shooter in Lorain County on any level period! He’s maintained a job and a great GPA on top of being a very solid college athlete.”

Hronis and the Commodores are back in action Wednesday, February 6, 2019, against cross-town rival, Cuyahoga Community College. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm in the LCCC Ewing Activity Center.

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Commodore Men’s Basketball Wins Third in Row

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Justin Newman

February 4, 2019 – – Am their tggressive second-half play on the offensive and defensive ends by Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) propelled the Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team to a 79-70 win over Bryant and Stratton College (OH) to give the third consecutive victory.

LCCC seemingly had the game in hand when the Bobcats made a run in the final few minutes of play to cut the score to 73-70 off a couple defensive rebounds and drives to the bucket, drawing fouls. Newman answered with a key steal and was fouled, sending him to the line for a 1-1, where he converted both.

The Bobcats missed a 3-point attempt and Newman grabbed the defensive rebound then connected on a short-range jumper to give LCCC a 77-70 lead with 30 seconds to play. A Bobcat turnover in the final seconds led to an alley-oop to Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) and he slammed it home to seal the 79-70 victory.

Coach Marty Egglestrom praised his team, saying, “That was a great, gritty win. We had to work hard for that one and I’m so very proud of our guys.”

Newman led all players in scoring with 24 points on a 11-16 night from the field (1-2 from the arc), plus 3-5 at the line. He added 4 steals, 6 boards and 3 assists in the win. Jones grabbed 11 rebounds and had 18 points, including two from downtown.

The win takes the Commodores to 13-9 on the season. LCCC is back at home this Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for an OCCAC conference game against Cuyahoga Community College. Tipoff is at 7:30pm.

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Hronis Sets LCCC 3-Point Record, Men Beat Owens CC

Thomas Hronis

By Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern

February 2, 2019 – – Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) set the LCCC record for made 3-point field goals on the way to a huge 116-82 home win over Owens Community College.

Hronis shot 9-17 on 3-pointers, breaking the previous record of 8. His performance impacted the entire team as every player contributed to the team’s total points and rebounds.

The Commodores got off to a hot start and lead at halftime 48-33. Hronis and Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) led the team in scoring at half with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Jones had 6 offensive rebounds in the first half.

LCCC pulled away in the second half, outscoring Owens 68-49. A trio of shooters sealed the victory for the Commodores. Hronis, David Sedeno Martel (Malaga, Spain/IES Vega de Mijas), and Jacob Marsh (Elyria) made a combined 17 3-pointers; the most by LCCC all season. Hronis led the team in scoring with a career high 34 points, while Jones lead the team with 15 rebounds.

Commodores Head Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “Great win. It was needed and deserved.” On Thomas Hronis’s 3-point record, Eggleston said, “Tom is an elite shooter when he’s in the zone.”

Lorain is now 12-9 overall and 4-5 in conference games. Owens falls to 2-21 overall and 0-10 in conference games.

The Commodores host Bryant & Stratton College at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 4 at LCCC.

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