Commodores Survive Edison State’s Second-Half Comeback; Notch 20th Win

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by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team watched a 21-point second-half lead with 13:20 to play evaporate to a one-point lead, 72-71, over the next 10 minutes, but sophomore guard Kevin Kelley (pictured below) came up with a four-point play as he hit a clutch three-point shot and converted the free throw as he was fouled on the shot attempt, to give LCCC a 76-71 lead with 2:50 remaining on the LCCC campus on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10. 

K. Kelley

“I got a good pass from Mike (Rell); the shot clock was winding down, I was open, and it was my turn to step up,” Kelley said.

“That was a great shot that Kevin made,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said.  ” I trust Kevin to take and make those shots,” Eggleston added.

Sophomore guard Mike Rell (pictured) — the team’s top scorer with 16 points (on 6-of-9 shooting) and a team-high three assists — then made a driving lay-up with 2:13 on the clock to up the lead to seven, 78-71.  With 16 seconds to go and the lead at five, 80-75, sophomore forward Zach Swain grabbed a missed LCCC foul shot and put back the offensive rebound to make it 82-75.  Rell added two foul shots with five seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Edison State freshman Darryl Robinson and sophomore Romello Yaqub each hit three-point shots in the final seven seconds to make the final score 84-81.

Three other Commodores scored in double figures: sophomore forward Daniel Lott collected 15 points (on 6-of-12 shots); Kelly scored 13 points (on 4-of-7 shots) with a team-high three steals and sophomore forward Miles Meredith scored 10 points (on 5-of-9 shooting) and tied for the team-high with eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Hadith Tiggs  scored a game-high 21 points for the Chargers.

LCCC led at halftime, 42-31, behind 54% shooting and a 10-rebound advantage, 23-13.  The Commodores shot 50% for the game (34-of-68) while Edison State converted 44.6% (29-of-65).

LCCC improves to 20-4 overall and 9-3 in the OCCAC.  Edison State CC is now 15-8 overall and 3-7 in the rugged OCCAC.  The Commodores travel to Columbus State on Wed., Feb. 14, for an important 7:30 p.m. game before the home finale against Sinclair CC on Sat., Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.

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Lady Commodores Defeated by Edison State CC, 87-48

Angle Blakely

by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team opened the game in strong fashion, leading 16-15 in the first quarter when freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) hit a three-point shot with 2:05 left in the opening quarter, but Edison State CC closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run to lead, 23-16, after one quarter on the LCCC campus on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.  The Chargers would extend the run to 36-10 to open a 51-26 halftime lead.

Sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured) scored a game-high 23 points with seven rebounds, a team-high three steals, two blocked shots and an assist.  Oehlstrom finished with 12 points on 4-of-12 three’s to tie LCCC’s single-season record for made three-pointers (74).  She also contributed seven rebounds and a pair of steals. 

“We are showing improvement in several areas even though it doesn’t show on the scoreboard,” Head Coach Dr. Vince Granito said.  “The OCCAC is a very strong conference with a lot of D-II teams, and Edison is one of them.”

The Lady Commodores suffered through a 21.5% shooting performance (14-of-65) while the Chargers connected on 37.3% (28-of-75) and doubled LCCC’s total rebounds (58 to 29).

Sophomore guard Lauren Monnin — Edison State’s leading scorer — topped four Chargers in double figures and three with double-doubles as she tallied 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 12 rebounds.

Edison State now boasts a 20-3 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the OCCAC.  The Lady Commodores are 5-19 overall and 1-10 in the conference. 

LCCC will visit Columbus State on Wed., Feb. 14, for a 5:30 p.m. game before returning to campus for the home finale on Sat., Feb. 17 against Sinclair CC at 1 p.m.

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Both LCCC Cross Country Teams Win Scholar All-America Honors Along With Seven Individual Runners

by Ken Hoffman
February 9, 2018 — Seven members of the Lorain County Community College varsity cross country teams earned Scholar All America status through the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic success during the Fall 2017 semester. Congratulations to the following for earning this honor with GPA’s (grade-point-averages) of 3.4 or higher:
Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) 
Heather Wigton (Amherst/Steele)
Claire Bickley Avon/Avon)
Emily Biltz (Sheffield Lake/Brookside)
Micah Swartz (Lakewood/Lakewood)
Phillip Miranda (Lagrange, OH)
Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Steele)
In addition, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams earned Scholar All American Team recognition for overall team grade point averages of 3.2 or higher. 
The women’s team placed 5th in the nation at the NJCAA D-III national meet in the fall; the highest finish in LCCC history.

Commodores Lose a Heartbreaker at the Buzzer, 83-82, at Cuyahoga CC


by Ken Hoffman

Sophomore guard Josawah Bradford drove the length of the court in the final seven seconds and scored a layup as time expired to hand the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team a heartbreaking 83-82 loss at Tri-C’s Metro Campus on Wednesday evening, Feb. 7.  Seven seconds earlier, sophomore forward Daniel Lott knocked down a three-point shot to give LCCC an 82-81 lead.  Cuyahoga then called a time-out prior to Bradford’s game-winning drive and basket.
The game was tied at 66 when LCCC freshman guard Luis Santiago converted two straight shots from long range with 7:05 to play.  The score was tied again at 68 when the Challengers — led by sophomore Quintin Dove’s game-high 33 points and game-high nine boards — opened a 79-74 lead with 42 seconds to play.  But sophomore forward Zach Swain (pictured) — LCCC’s high scorer with 18 points — hit a three from long range with 31 seconds remaining to make it 79-77.  After Tri-C’s sophomore guard Larenz Thurman converted a pair of free throws (81-77), sophomore guard Mike Rell drove the lane for a lay-up with 24 seconds left (81-79).  Then Tri-C was called for a charge with 20 seconds to go.  After a Commodores’ timeout with 13 seconds on the clock, Lott connected on his clutch three-pointer with seven seconds left (82-81) which looked like it might be the winning basket until Bradford’s last second heroics.
LCCC’s freshman guard Montez Day scored in double figures with 11 points as did sophomore forward Miles Meredith with 10 points.  Sophomore guard Kevin Kelley added eight points and Lott finished with seven points and a team-high four rebounds.   Rell and Santiago each scored six points and Santiago collected a team-high three assists.  Sophomore guard Jake Schultz totaled a game-high four steals along with four points.
Tri-C had two players join Bradford in double figures.  Sophomore Waheem Lowman tallied a dozen and freshman Ahmaad Smalls added 13 points.
The Challengers led at halftime, 49-40.  
Cuyahoga CC — #3 in NJCAA D-II — improves to 21-1 overall and 9-1 atop the OCCAC.  LCCC — #7 in NJCAA D-III — is 19-4 and 8-3 in the conference.  The Commodores will host Edison State CC this Saturday, Feb., 10, at 3 p.m.

Lady Commodores Blitzed at Cuyahoga CC, 103-37

Angle Blakely

by Ken Hoffman

Cuyahoga CC used a trapping press for the most of the game — even after the outcome was obvious — and routed the Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team, 103-37, at the Tri-C Eastern Campus on Wednesday evening, Feb. 7.
Sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured) led LCCC with 12 points and sophomore forward Jasmine White scored 10.  Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson contributed nine points and freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom added six points.
Cuyahoga is now 11-5 overall and 4-5 in the OCCAC.  LCCC is 5-18 overall and 1-9 in the OCCAC. The Lady Commodores return home for a 1 p.m. game this Saturday, Feb. 10, against Edison State CC.
Box Score was not available at this writing.

Second half Spurs Commodores to 79-55 Victory at Southern State CC


by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team was led by freshman forward Jovon Jones’ (pictured) team-highs of 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots to earn its 19th win of the season, 79-55, at Southern State CC on Sunday, February 4. 
Freshman guard Oscar Dorsey added 12 points with three boards. Sophomore guard Mike Rell also scored a dozen points, all in the decisive second half.  Sophomore forward Zach Swain was next with nine points.  Sophomore guard Jake Schultz and freshman guard Montez Day each scored eight points.  Schultz also grabbed three boards. Freshman guard Luis Santiago and freshman guard Thomas Hronis each added five points.
The Commodores used a 42-22 second half burst after a narrow 37-33 lead at halftime.  Southern State took the lead for a couple possessions early in the second half before LCCC clamped down on defense.   
  The defensive effort led by freshman guard Justis Craig (pictured below) with four steals and a strong disruptive influence.  Day also was credited with a great defensive effort.  Sophomore forward Miles Meredith pulled down five rebounds.
“J.J. (Jovon Jones) led our team today to a solid win,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston stated.  “We had good balance in our scoring and the defense triggered the offense in the second half, especially Justis Craig and Montez Day,” Eggleston 
The Commodores own a 19-3 record and will play at Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday night, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. (Metro campus).

Lady Commodores Come Up Short in Tightly-Contested Loss at Southern State, 78-67

Hannah Oehlstrom
by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team came within four points in the second half but eventually fell to host Southern State CC, 78-67, on Sunday, February 4.  Southern State’s lead was single digits until the final score. 

Freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom (pictured) set a personal-high with 28 points to lead the Lady Commodores.  Sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured, below) turned in her sixth double-double of the season as she scored 27 points with 12 rebounds, plus five steals and a trio of assists.   Sophomore Carrie Carlson — the team’s No. 3 scorer — only managed four points during a poor shooting day.
 Angle Blakely
“It was a good game,” Head Coach Dr. Vince Granito said.  “We had several turnovers at key times in the game and just could not quite get the lead,” Granito offered. 
Southern State CC is now 5-12 this season while LCCC falls to 5-17.   The Lady Commodores will play at Cuyahoga CC this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Commodores Suffer 117-39 Loss to Owens CC


by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball had no answers for the offense of Owens Community College — the #6 team in NJCAA D-II — as the Express sprinted out to a 40-6 first quarter advantage on the way to a lopsided 117-39 win at LCCC on Saturday, February 3.

The Lady Commodores shot just 22.6% for the game, including 12% (3-of-25) in the second half.  The taller Express also dominated the boards with a huge 64-29 margin.

Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson (pictured) led LCCC with 16 points plus four rebounds.  Sophomore forward Angel Blakely — the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17 points per game — was limited to 11 points, but grabbed a team-high nine boards, just one rebound shy of a double-double.  Freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom managed eight points and four rebounds.

Freshman guard Da’Vina Shelton had a career game with a game-high and season-high 34 points on 12-of-24 shots including 6-of-12 from three-point range, plus 11 rebounds and four steals.  Sophomore guard Essence Cowan tallied 23 points including 7-of-14 baskets beyond the arc.

In the first half, Owens hit a remarkable 13-of 21 shots from long range (61.9%).  The Express shot 47% for the game and 39% on three’s, despite only making 3-of-20 (15%) in the second half.

LCCC — one of the few D-III teams in the OCCAC — owns a 5-16 overall record; 1-8 in the OCCAC. Owens improves to 18-4 and 8-1 in the OCCAC, one game behind 9-0 Sinclair.  LCCC travels to Southern State CC for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 4, before visiting Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday, Feb. 7, for a 5:30 game at the Eastern Campus.

Box Score 

Down 27, Commodores’ Furious Rally Falls Just Short In 79-75 Loss to Owens CC


by Ken Hoffman

Trailing by 27 points with 12 minutes to play in the game, the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team erased all but two points in the final 12-minute rally before losing to Owens Community College by a 79-75 score on the LCCC campus on Saturday, February 3.


Freshman guards Montez Day (pictured) and Justis Craig triggered the comeback with 15 and 11 points, respectively.  Craig also grabbed four rebounds, a team-high three steals and added two assists.  Sophomore guard Mike Rell added 13 points, a team-high four assists, three boards and a steal.  Sophomore forward Jovon Jones scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting plus a team-high eight rebounds in 14 quality minutes off the bench.  Sophomore guard Jake Schultz contributed nine points and six boards in 16 minutes.

The Commodores — averaging 36% from behind the arc this season — uncharacteristically connected on only 3-of-24 from long range (12.5%), including 1-of-16 (6.3%) during the 2nd half.

Owens built a 45-32 halftime lead behind 16 points from freshman guard Gabe Simpson who led all scorers with 22 points overall on 8-of-16 shooting, plus five boards, four steals and three assists.  Sophomore forward Justin Sylver collected a game-high 11 rebounds plus four points, two blocked shots and a steal.

Owens shot 35.5% for the game while notching its seventh straight win while LCCC shot 32.6% and lost for the first time in the last seven games.  Both teams picked off 46 rebounds.

Owens improved to 14-7 overall and 8-2 in the OCCAC.  LCCC is now 18-3 overall and 8-2 in the OCCAC.  Cuyahoga still leads the conference with a record of 8-1. 

The Commodores travel to Southern State CC on Sunday, Feb. 4, for a 3 p.m. game before visiting Cuyahoga CC (at the Metro campus) on Wed.,, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Box Score 

Commodores Rally Again, Defeat Lakeland CC in OT, 95-91

K. Kelley

by Ken Hoffman

The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team — ranked #10 in this week’s NJCAA D-III poll — pulled out another come-from-behind victory as sophomore guard Kevin Kelley (pictured) drove the baseline for a contested lay-up with 30-seconds remaining in overtime to give the Commodores a 92-91 lead.  Sophomore Daniel Lott converted a pair of pressure-packed free throws with 17.9 seconds left to seal the win.

LCCC trailed at halftime, 39-34, and for 34 minutes of the game.  But sophomore guard Mike Rell connected on 7-of-10 shots on his way to 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals.  Sophomore forward Miles Meredith scored LCCC’s first seven points and totaled 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.  Freshman guard Oscar Dorsey made 4-of-6 shots for 10 points in just 16 minutes off the bench. 

 Freshman guard Luis Santiago sent the game into OT with his third long range basket in the final three minutes; this one with six seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 86. 

Lakeland CC played a strong game and put five players in double figures, led by guard Jeramie Burge with a game-high 32 points plus four steals, three boards and three assists. Trey Granger added 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, four steals and an assist.

The Commodores continued their strong rebounding with a 38-24 advantage on the boards, including 15 offensive rebounds.  Sophomore forward Deric Nichols collected a game-high 11 caroms along with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in 17 productive minutes.

“Lakeland is a very capable team and they are well-coached,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said.  “I’m proud of the way our team hung in there.  It was a quality win,” Eggleston added. 

LCCC held a slight shooting advantage for the game, 53% to 47% for the Lakers.

The Commodores have won six games in a row and have a record of 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the OCCAC.  The Lakers are 3-14 overall and 2-6 in the OCCAC.  The Lakers have lost six very close games including several OT losses.

LCCC will host Owens CC this Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.  Owens is also riding a six-game win-streak and just defeated previously-undefeated and #1-ranked Cuyahoga CC on Wednesday night, January 31.

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