by Ken Hoffman
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team — ranked #12 in the NJCAA D-III poll this week — turned a halftime deficit of 53-51 into a 95-88 victory over Columbus State behind 29 points from sophomore forward Daniel Lott (pictured) while outscoring the visitors, 44-35, in the second half on Wednesday night, January 17.
Lott was on fire in the first half scoring 20 points, including 5-of-5 from long range. But Columbus State’s sophomore forward Mario Young scored 26 of his game-high 35 points in the first 20 minutes to lead the Cougars to the two-point lead at the break.
LCCC trailed by as much as 10 points with 5:44 to play in the first half, but turned up the defense in the second half to lead by as much as nine with 12:15 to play. Columbus State — the 2nd-highest scoring team in D-III — came within three points before the Commodores finished strong down the stretch. Sophomore guard Mike Rell scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and led the team with four assists. Sophomore guard Jake Schultz added 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Freshman forward Jovon Jones played a major role, completing the game’s only double-double with 12 points on 3-of-5 shots and 13 boards plus two assists and two blocked shots.
“We played much better and smarter in the second half,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said. “We deserved the win and, as far as I’m concerned, it was the best win of the season,” Eggleston concluded.
The score was tied eight times and the lead changed hands just as many times. LCCC led most of the second half, improving its record to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the OCCAC. Columbus State and LCCC were tied for second place in the league with 4-1 records entering the game. The Cougars are now 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the OCCAC.
LCCC will host Hocking College on Saturday, January 20, and Jamestown CC on Sunday, January 21. Both games will tip at 3 p.m.
by Ken Hoffman
The host Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team shot only 25.3 percent (23-of-91) and lost to Columbus State, 80-55, on Wednesday evening, January 17.
Columbus State shot 47 percent in the first half to jump out to a 39-22 advantage at the intermission. The Cougars were led by sophomore forward Antishay Rahim with a double-double of game-highs 19 points and 21 rebounds. Freshman forward Stephanie Newell also managed a double-double with 17 points and as many rebounds.
LCCC sophomore guard Angel Blakely (pictured) collected a double-double of her own with 12 points and 17 rebounds plus five assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson was LCCC’s leading scorer with 13 points, plus four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sophomore forward Jasmine White played one of her stronger games this season with 12 points, nine boards and two assists. Freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom picked up 11 points in spite of her worst shooting night. She also gathered eight boards with five steals, three assists and a block.
The Lady Commodores are now 4-13 this season while the Cougars improve to 9-6. LCCC will host two games this weekend. On Saturday, January 20, against Hocking College and on Sunday, January 21, versus Jamestown CC. Both games start at 1 p.m.
by Ken Hoffman
Freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom and sophomore guard Mike Rell were each selected for the third time this season as Ohio Community College Athletic Association Division III Players of the Week.
Oehlstrom reached double-digit scoring in a pair of contests last week; 16 against Cuyahoa and 13 versus Sinclair. She also hauled in four rebounds in each contest to go along with a weekly total of four assists and four steals. Hannah earns her third OCCAC Player of the Week recognition after staking claim to the crown in each of the first two weeks in her collegiate career (Nov. 6, Nov. 13). As a team, the Lady Commodores have now won the award eight times this season.
Sophomore guard Mike Rell averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in a split week for the Commodores. He opened the week by connecting on 7-of-8 field goals, including a pair of three-balls, and all four tosses from the charity stripe to score 20 points versus Cuyahoga, the No. 1 team in D-II. He tallied another dozen points accompanied by six rebounds and five assists in a victorious effort over Sinclair later in the week. The men’s team now owns seven OCCAC Player of the Week laurels this season.
by Ken Hoffman
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team received a complete team-effort and double-figures scoring from four players to defeat Sinclair CC, 79-71, on Saturday evening, January 13, in Dayton, Ohio.
January 13, 2018 — Sinclair Community College stormed out to a 40-5 lead after one quarter and routed the Lady Commodores, 119-38, in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon, January 13.
Sinclair — an NJCAA D-II team — built a 72-19 halftime lead and continued to add to it in the third quarter, outscoring LCCC, 35-9. Sinclair remains undefeated in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) with a 5-0 conference mark and now owns a 14-game winning streak. Sinclair’s two losses in November were by a total of nine points. They have not lost since November 11.
The scoring leader for the Lady Commodores was freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Jasmine White (Wellington/Welington) pitched in with six points, a team-high nine rebounds and an assist. LCCC scoring leader Angel Blakely (Lorain/Clearview), was called for three fouls in the first quarter and ended up with five points, four boards, four assists and one steal.
Sinclair placed seven players in double figures and was led by the team’s leading scorer, freshman forward Amanda Schroeder who matched her season average of 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting. The Tartan Pride also dominated the boards, 59-37.
Sinclair improved its season record to 15-2. LCCC is 4-12 and plays next at home against Columbus State on Wednesday night, January 17, at 5:30 p.m.
by Ken Hoffman
A talented Cuyahoga CC team — utilizing pressure defense and a “push-the-ball” offense — led from wire-to-wire and turned a 43-28 halftime advantage into a rout over the host Lady Commodores with a 49-19 second half to win, 92-47, on Wednesday evening, January 10.
Tri-C jumped out to a 22-10 lead after one quarter, and opened a 30-10 bulge in the second stanza. But LCCC went on a 10-3 run midway through the quarter to come within 13 points at 33-20, but that was as close as it would get.
Tri-C placed five players in double figures and was led by sophomore Tre’Vion Beverly with a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Cuyahoga also dominated the boards, 60-34.
The scoring leader for the Lady Commodores was sophomore guard Carrie Carlson (Grafton/Midview) (pictured) with 20 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake/Avon Lake) contributed 16 points, four boards, two steals and one assist.
LCCC only shot 29.5 % from the field as they played without scoring leader Angel Blakely (Lorain/Clearview).
Tri-C — a D-II team — improved its season record to 8-2. LCCC is 4-11 and plays next at Sinclair on Saturday, January 13.
Blakely has won the weekly award in five of the last six weeks, including four straight!. This week, she dropped in 27 points on nine made field goals, two from long range, and a perfect 7-for-7 performance at the charity stripe. Blakely added seven rebounds, two steals and an assist while committing zero turnovers in 34 minutes of playing time.
Lorain County has now represented the D-III Women’s Player of the Week in seven of nine weeks following Hannah Oehlstrom’s back-to-back distinctions to start the season.
Schultz provided 18 points, three assists, a rebound and a steal in the Commodores’ only game of the week. He connected on 5-of-10 field goals, shot 3-for-5 (60%) from beyond the arc and converted 5-of-6 free throws while committing just one turnover in 27 minutes of action..
Lorain County now owns six of the nine OCCAC D-III Men’s Player of the Week awards this season, gathered by four different student-athletes:
Nov. 6 – Daniel Lott; Nov. 13 Jovon Jones; Nov. 27, Jan. 1 – Jake Schutlz; Dec. 11, 25 – Mike Rell
by Ken Hoffman
Wayne County (MI) Community College flexed its offensive basketball muscles putting six players in double figures to walk away with a 102-76 win at Lorain County Community College on Saturday evening, December 30, ending the Commodores’ 12-game win streak.
Wayne County — now 5-2 in NJCAA D-II — was led by sophomore guard Juwan Hampton with 20 points and sophomore guard Tyrell Hearndon with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The team shot 57.8 % for the game compared to 37% for the Commodores.
The Commodores were paced by sophomore guard Jake Schultz’ (pictured)18 points on 5-of-10 shooting — including 3-of-5 three-point shots — plus three assists, a rebound and a steal. Sophomore forward Daniel Lott added 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting plus four rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot. Also in double figures were sophomore guard Kevin Kelly and freshman guard Montez Day with 11 points each. Kelly made half of his 10 shots and grabbed five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Day made 4-of-7 shots along with a game-high five steals plus four rebounds and two assists. Freshman forward/center Jovon Jones led LCCC in rebounding with 7.
“They capitalized on our mistakes, played hard and played well as a team,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston said of Wayne County. “It’s not that we lost; it’s how we lost. We didn’t have the fire tonight; it was a lesson learned,” Eggleston added.
Wayne County opened a 10-point lead at the 11-minute mark of the first half and extended it to 13 by halftime, 45-32, matching LCCC’s lowest first-half point total of the season.
After falling behind by 20 points, 79-59, with 6:41 to play, LCCC went on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to 11 at 80-69 with 4:21 remaining. However, Wayne County scored the next seven points and closed the game on a 22-7 run.
LCCC will have an 11-day break before hosting Cuyahoga CC — the top-ranked NJCAA D-II team in the country — on Wednesday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m.
by Ken Hoffman