Head Coach: Marty Eggleston

Phone: (440) 365-5222 ext. 8310
basketballcoach@lorainccc.edu
 

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2016-17 Men's Varsity Basketball Team

2016-17 Men's Varsity Basketball Team
Front row: (L to R) Head Coach Eggleston, Jake Schutlz, Rashaad Gibbons, Kevin Kelley, TJ Steele, Ryan Williams, Jahleel Moon, Asst Coach Keshock. Second Row: (L to R) Nick Wills, Kyndell Hardy, Justin Green, TJ Munn, Deric Nichols, Mike Wilkerson, Kyle Fayne, Chris Theodus, Christian Santiago (missing: Mike Rell).

 


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1st Half Woes Sink Commodores Against Columbus State – 12/21/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbus OH – If there was a reset button, the Commodores of LCCC would have utilized it Wednesday evening as they took on conference foe Columbus State. In the D3 regional matchup, the Commodores fell behind big in the first half and with the deficit too large, LCCC fell to the Cougars 97-81. LCCC now sit with a record of 9-3 (2-2). 

To start the game, the Cougars of Columbus State would open things up on an 11-0 run thanks to 5 Commodores turnovers. Not letting his team go down without a fight, TJ Steele would score 8 of the team’s 17 first half points. Unfortunately the turnovers piled up for LCCC as the team committed 14 to the Cougars 4. On top of the turnovers, LCCC shot a game low 15 %( 6-41), 18% from the 3 point line (3-17), and just 2-5 from the free throw line. 

As the offense struggled for LCCC, so did the defense as they allowed the Cougars to shoot 44% from the floor, 9 of 13 from the free throw line and out-rebounded LCCC 34 to 26. This would allow Columbus State to make runs in the first half and would put them up 53-19. 

Not throwing in the towel, LCCC came out with more energy in the second half as they outscored the Cougars 64-44. The team would see offense from several places that included TJ Steele’s 12 half points (20 points total), Kyle Fayne’s 16 points/5 rebounds (19 points and 10 rebounds total), Mike Wilkerson’s 15 points and 10 rebounds (15 points and 16 rebounds total), and Christian Santiago’s 6 points and 4 rebounds (8 points and 6 rebounds total). 

In the half, LCCC shot 45% from the floor, 81% from the free throw line (13-16) and out-rebounded the Cougars 27-15 but it wasn’t enough to close the huge gap from the first half. 

The closest the Commodores would get would be 16 but with limited time and the gap too big, LCCC would fall 97-81. 

The Commodores will take the next couple weeks off for the holidays but will get back into the swing of things starting January 9th as they host Jamestown 7:00pm. 

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Men’s Basketball Bounces Back After Conference Loss – 12/19/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – It didn’t take long for the Commodores men’s basketball team to bounce back from their conference loss on Saturday. After losing to Cincinnati State 90-81, LCCC beat Allegheny County-Boyce Monday evening 84-65. This win puts LCCC at 9-2(2-1) before going back to conference play Wednesday against Columbus State. 

Coming off a tough loss is never easy but the Commodores didn’t hesitate to bounce back in a big way. LCCC started the game on a 15-2 run lead by the team’s leading scorer TJ Steele who currently averages 25 points per game. After scoring 11 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, Steele and the Commodores maintained control throughout the first half. 

LCCC was able to hold CCAC to just 22% shooting from the floor, 14% from the 3 point line, and out-rebounded CCAC 28-20. The Commodores would only go to the line 2 times compared to CCAC’s 7 but that didn’t matter as LCCC was able to outscore their opponent 36-21. 

With Steele on the bench late in the 1st half, LCCC saw great production from Kyle Fayne who scored 8 of his 18 total points. Commodores would go into the half leading Boyce big. 

Similar to the first half, LCCC would jump on CCAC early in the second half to extend their lead up to 19 points. Kyle Fayne would continue his hot play as he would score 9 additional points in the first 5 minutes of the game to keep things going the Commodores way. 

As the game neared the 7 minute mark of the second half, CCAC made a big run cutting the Commodore lead to 10 by knocking down multiple 3’s (6 of 17) and holding LCCC to fewer baskets by forcing 9 second half turnovers. 

For LCCC, it was the rebounding that allowed them to maintain their lead as they won the battle 27-16 and found themselves at the line 11 times making 8 attempts. 

With a 13 point lead, LCCC was able to extend their lead after a CCAC Boyce double technical and ejection. With Steele knocking down the free throws and the Commodores keeping their foot on the pedal, the lead grew to 19. The Commodores would go on to win 84-65. 

TJ Steele: 25 points, 2 assist, 2 steals

Kyle Fayne: 18 points, 6 rebounds

Kyndell Hardy: 5 points, 8 rebounds

Deric Nichols: 4 points, 9 rebounds

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Streak Comes to an End for Men’s Basketball – 12/17/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – The streak has ended Saturday as the Commodores basketball team fell to Cincinnati State 10-5(2-0) by a final score of 90-81. After trailing 11 at the half, LCCC couldn’t find a way to close that gap. LCCC was riding a 7 game winning streak which two wins came in conference play and now sit at 8-2(2-1).

LCCC would strike first as Chris Santiago (14 points/2 assist/2 steals) would hit a 3 followed by a Mike Rell jumper but then the Surge would make a 21 to 3 run. Giving LCCC a spark was Rashaad Gibbons (8 first half points) who helped chip away at the Surge lead. In the first half, the Commodores would shoot 40% from the floor and would take advantage of the free throw line as the team would get 11 attempts converting on 6 of them. Unfortunately it was the turnovers that would allow Cincinnati State to keep their lead as LCCC would commit 11 turnovers compared to Cincinnati’s 7.

At the 5 minute mark, LCCC was able to get the game within 8 points as Santiago continued his hot play along with Gibbons. As the Commodores continue to creep close, the Surge found ways to keep LCCC back which included rebounding as Cincinnati out-rebounded LCCC 23 to 13.  Down just 9 after a Kyle Fayne layup, LCCC couldn’t close the half on the high note as Beachwood graduate Desmond Crosby hit a last second layup to extend the lead to 11. LCCC trailed 44-33.

After only scoring 4 first half points, TJ Steele who’s averaging over 20 points per game this season started the second half aggressive opening things up with a big 3. Within a couple minutes, the 11 point Surge lead was cut to 3 by forcing a couple turnovers and multiple missed shot attempts.

As LCCC made their push, Cincinnati found ways to keep the Commodores back and one of those ways was rebounding as the Surge once again out-rebounded LCCC 23 to 11 (46-24 for the entire game). Down 14 at the midway point, Steele and the Commodores made their final push to keep their streak alive. The offense started to click for the Commodores as they found ways to score in multiple ways. In the half, LCCC shot 52% from the floor, 50% from the 3 point line, and 77% from the free throw line; this would help LCCC cut the lead to 6 with just 2 minutes remaining.

Unlike the first half, the Surge took advantage of the free throw line going 11-13 which helped late in the game as the Commodores hit the wall never getting it closer. 

With time not on the Commodore side, LCCC would fall 90-81.

The Commodores will try to start a new streak Monday as they host CCAC Boyce at 6:00pm before traveling to Columbus State Wednesday before the holiday break.

Player stats:

TJ Steele: 25 points, 3 assist

Chris Santiago: 14 points, 2 assist, 2 steals

Rashaad Gibbons: 12 points, 7 assist

Kevin Kelley: 12 points, 4 rebounds

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Men’s Basketball Rolls Over Edison CC – 12/14/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – Things didn’t stop for the men’s basketball team Wednesday as they hosted Edison CC for the team’s second conference game of the season. After ending the 1st half up just 3 points, LCCC found a way to take over the game; final score 82-58. With this win, the men’s team is now 8-1 (2-0) on the season and will host Cincinnati State Saturday afternoon.

Conference play has always been difficult for LCCC as they play in a D2 loaded conference but so far this year, LCCC has found some early success. After beating Clark State the weekend before, LCCC hosted Edison and managed to frustrate the Chargers all evening especially in the 2nd half.

In the first half, Coach Eggleston and his staff received much needed assistance from Mike Wilkerson who contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds to help LCCC cut the early Chargers lead. Down early, TJ Steele continued his hot play by hitting 2 of 3 three pointers and converting on 4 of 8 shots to give his team 11 points. After trailing to start the game, the Commodores were able to grab the lead at the 8:32 mark by out-rebounding the Chargers 23 to 15 and outshooting them 46% to 40%.

With a 2 possession lead late in the first half, LCCC was unable to extend things as they turned the ball over late (6 in first half) and saw their lead stay at 3; LCCC went into the half up 36-33.

Out of the locker rooms the Commodores jumped all over the Chargers; Rashaad Gibbons and Chris Theodus gave the team a much needed spark converting on 4 quick baskets. Not shying away from taking over the game, Steele got back into things by scoring 8 points in a 6 minute span. On the night, Steele would lead all scorers with 27 points along with 4 assist.

By the 8:40 mark, the Commodores had figured out Edison and held them to just 14 hard earned points which extended the Commodore lead to 62-47. With some lock down defense holding the Chargers to 33% shooting and the Commodores shooting extremely well at 71%, LCCC took total control of the game.

For the remainder of the game, LCCC kept their foot on the pedal outscoring Edison 46-25 and won by a final score of 82-58.

The Commodores will host Cincinnati State Saturday at 3:00pm followed by CCAC Boyce on Monday at 6:00pm.

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Commodores Open up Conference Play with Big Win; Improve to 7-1 on the Season – 12/10/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Springfield, OH – After starting the season 6-1, the men’s basketball team of LCCC continued its winning ways beating Clark State CC on Saturday afternoon. After jumping out to an early lead, the Commodores dominated the Eagles and won by a final score of 88-64. The Commodores are now 7-1(1-0) on the season.

The game plan was simple for LCCC, be aggressive. The Commodores jumped all over the Eagles applying heavy defensive pressure and taking advantage of the free throw line.

On the night, LCCC shot 35 free throw attempts and converted on 23 while shooting 42.3% from the floor. Leading the way on the day was TJ Steele who led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 5 for 8 from the line. Along with shooting well, Steele led his team with 5 steals, along with Christian Santiago who had 5 steals and 7 points.

With minimal turnovers and shooting extremely well, LCCC took a 46-25 lead at the half.

In the second half, LCCC continued to shoot well but in this half the Commodores found themselves turning the ball over more (10 total team turnovers for the game) which allowed easy buckets for Clark State. The Eagles converted on more of their possession and found themselves only losing the 2nd half point battle 42-39 to LCCC.

Helping Steele on the offensive side was Kevin Kelley (10 points), Mike Rell (9points), and TJ Munn (7 points).

Holding the Eagles off, LCCC went on to win the game 88-64.

The Commodores will take on Edison CC on Wednesday December 14th at home with a 7:30 tipoff.                                     

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Commodores Basketball Keeps Rolling, Beating Jamestown CC – 11/30/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Jamestown, New York – The winning streak continues for Lorain County Community Colleges Men’s Basketball team. After starting the season 5-1, LCCC traveled to New York and beat the Jayhawks 96-89 to make it 4 straight.

The Commodores wasted no time jumping out on the Jayhawks going up 12-4 very early in the game with TJ Steele, Rashaad Gibbons, and Chris Theodus leading the way. For most of the 1st half, LCCC would keep a small distance from the Jayhawks as Steele would score 16 of his 40 points.

As the 1st half came near an end, the fouls started to pile up for LCCC as they allowed Jamestown to shoot 18 first half free throws which they converted on 13 of them. For LCCC, they would only shoot 8 total and convert on 5 of them.
“Fouls became an issue for us. With them getting to the bonus so early and shooting so well from the line, we lost some ground on them” said Coach Eggleston following the game. On top of the foul issues, LCCC would struggle to keep possessions late in the half as they had 10 team turnovers which allowed Jamestown to convert on easy buckets.

With just under 3 minutes remaining in the first half, LCCC would see their lead vanish and would give the Jayhawks free points at the line. At the half, LCCC would trail 39-41.

Things in the 2nd half looked very similar to the 1st half as LCCC struggled to keep the Jayhawks off the free throw line. Going down as much as 7 points early in the 2nd half, Coach Eggleston was able to calm his troops down. “Our intensity remained high all game. We never stopped playing even as the fouls racked up on us; our players never lost their cool. That was the difference tonight, they fought hard all the way to the end.”

As the lead started to grow for Jamestown, it was Steele who took over the game and put his team on his back. In the 2nd half alone, Steele would go on to score 24 points and would find himself at the line shooting 3 of 5. At the 5 minute marker, LCCC trailed 77-70 and that’s when Steele made his move scoring the teams next 8 points. Steele would receive help from his teammates as Mike Rell would score 10 second half points and chipped in 4 rebounds along with TJ Munn’s 9 second half points.

Down just 84-82, it was Steele who hit the late 3 pointer to give the Commodores their first lead of the half and it was something they would not give up the rest of the game. In the final 3 minutes, LCCC would give up just 5 points and would go on to close the game out. Final score LCCC 96, Jamestown 89.
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LCCC Men’s Basketball Adds Another Victory with Win Over Westmoreland – 11/22/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – Things have started off on the right foot for the Men’s Basketball Team at Lorain County Community College as the team is now 4-1. Their only loss came in overtime at the Westmoreland CCC Tip Off Classic back on November 12th. In what turned out to be a tight finish, LCCC won by a final score of 104-89 on Tuesday night.

In the first 10 minutes of the game, it was all Wolfpack as Westmoreland CCC seemed to score at will in the paint. LCCC trailed by as much as 8 early on before Coach Eggleston found his spark. That spark would be Lorain native Jahleel Moon, who would come off the bench and help the Commodores take the lead late in the 1st half. “Coming off the bench really helped me tonight. I got to see the game, got a feel for things and when I got in, it was all about providing that spark. I’m not use to that but whatever coaches need from me, I’m going to do.” said Moon following the game.

With Westmoreland in their full-court press, Moon and the Commodores would find easy buckets and would take a 7 point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half. Moon would lead his team in scoring with 11 points and 2 assist. Along with Moon, Rashaad Gibbons would chip in 8 points and Justin Green would provide 8 points as well. The Commodores would outshoot the Wolfpack in the 1st half, shooting 51% from the floor while Westmoreland shot 44% and LCCC would out-rebound them 20 to 12 led by Mike Rell’s 5 rebounds. Every time LCCC tried to pull away, the Wolfpack seemed to close the gap by getting to the free throw line as they shot 78% from the charity strike making 7 of 9. At the end of the 1st half, LCCC had a 6 point lead; score was 48-42.

In the 2nd half, it would be all Steele as TJ put his fingerprint all over the 2nd half. As both teams started to battle early on in the 2nd half, it was Steele who provided the necessary spark as he finished everything around the rim. Only scoring 7 points in the 1st half, Steele would go on to score 20 in the 2nd half giving him a game total of 27 points. After the game, Steele emphasized the importance of energy. “Coach got on us and told us to pick up our energy. We weren’t being aggressive so coach was hammering that home. We did just that in the 2nd half and that was the difference.”

Giving Steele a hand was Gibbons who added 7 in the half giving him 15 on the night. With both guards scoring at a high rate, the Commodores were able to extend the lead to 20 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game.  For LCCC it was all about forcing turnovers and converting on the other end; they did just that as the team would go on to shoot 49% from the floor in the 2nd half.

With one final push, Westmoreland took advantage of the Commodores’ low energy towards the end of the game and found themselves down just 14 late in the 2nd half. Led by Steele, LCCC would get key stops late and would convert at the charity strike as they shot 11 for 17 to close the deal on the Wolfpack. LCCC would win by a final score of 104-89.

With a 4-1 start, the Commodores will try to pick things back up after the holiday break as they travel to Jamestown to start a 3 game road test. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm on November 30th.
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Men’s Basketball Keeps Rolling, Beating Pitt-Titusville 124-74 – 11/19/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Titusville, Pennsylvania – Things continue to roll in the right direction for the men’s basketball team at LCCC as they dominated their opponent on Saturday. Facing Pitt-Titusville, LCCC played big man basketball and overpowered the Panthers by beating them by a final score of 124-74. LCCC has won 3 of its first 4 games and puts them at 3-1 on the season.

Right from the start Coach Eggleston was pleased with his teams efforts as they jumped all over the Panthers. “We just played great today. No other way to put it but we played at a high level. Our defense was tough and that was the key difference. We just played like champions.”

In the 1st half, the Commodores held Pitt-Titusville to just 47 points with 15 of them coming from deep 3’s made by Pitt’s River, who had 18 points in the first half but only 2 points in the 2nd half. The Commodores were able to force Pitt into multiple turnovers and out-rebounded them. On the offensive side, LCCC saw big production from their leading scorer TJ Steele who had 17 points in the first half. Along with Steele, Coach Eggleston received an offensive spark from Mike Rell who had 10, Rashaad Gibbons with 7, and Kyndell Hardy with 7. At the end of the half, LCCC was up 57-47 on Pitt-Titusville.

It was the 2nd half that was the difference for the Commodores. In the first half, LCCC committed 12 team fouls but they managed to cut it down to 8 in the 2nd and they continued to shoot well at the line going 18-27 on the night. It wasn’t just Steele (8 second half points) that played well in the 2nd half but it was Gibbons, who chipped in 10 additional points, along with Kevin Kelley who had 10 to finish the night with 13 total points.

With 14 LCCC players scoring on the night, the Commodores were just too much for Pitt-Titusville and won by a final score of 124-74. The men’s team will be back in action before the holiday break as they take on Westmoreland CC on Tuesday November 22nd at home.
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2nd Half Woes Sink Men’s Basketball against Anne Arundel – 11/11/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Youngwood, PA – Everything was going the Commodores way Friday at the Westmoreland Tournament as they controlled the 1st half against Anne Arundel CC. Unable to hold on to their lead, LCCC loss in overtime by a final score of 92-90 and dropped game 1 of 2 in the weekend tournament at Westmoreland Community College.

Coach Eggleston couldn’t have asked for a better first half from his team Friday as they seemed to control every aspect of the game against Anne Arundel. 11 LCCC players contributed on the offensive side, which included Kyndell Hardy 7 points, Rashaad Gibbons 7 points, Mike Wilkerson 6 points, and Christian Santiago 6 points.
On the other side of the ball, LCCC played hard nose defense that limited the Riverhawks to minimal shots, kept them off the free throw line and forced Anne Arundel to turn the ball over frequently. Along with scoring well early on, Wilkerson cleaned the glass the entire night finishing with 15 total rebounds. At the half the Commodores would lead the Riverhawks 44-31 and had all the momentum going their way. This would change in the 2nd half as Anne Arundel would find their groove.

In the second half the Commodores would see more success from the free throw line as they shot 11-20 compared to 2-6 in the 1st half. TJ Steele, who only finished with 4 points at the half, came alive taking advantage of the free throw line. Steele would make 7-8 free throws and finish the game with 24 points.
Unfortunately, the defense didn’t follow suit as the team gave up 49 second half points and didn’t shoot as well as they only scored 36. Along with Steele, Justin Green played big in the 2nd half, cleaning the glass and adding to the scoring putting up 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting.

With the lead slipping away late, the Commodores hung on and was forced into an extra period tied at 80. Once again the Commodores started off fast in overtime but cooled off down the stretch. Unable to hit their final shots, the Commodores would fall 92-90.
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Commodores Men’s Basketball Beats CCAC Boyce in Season Opener – 11/5/16 

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Pittsburgh, PA – Men’s Basketball traveled to Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon to take on Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce for the season opener. In a tough battle, LCCC pulled out the late win defeating CCAC Boyce 83-78.

The Commodores came out hot, dominating CCAC Boyce from the opening tip going up as much as 17. In the first half things went the Commodores way as they shot well from the field and capitalized at the free throw line. TJ Steele led the team in the 1st half scoring 11 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assist. Assisting Steele on the offensive side was Jahleel Moon who chipped in with 9 points.

“We played well early on, jumping on them from the start. We were aggressive but then we went away from that and had to claw back” said Coach Eggleston after the game. CCAC was able to close the gap on LCCC late in the half and eventually took the lead going up 6.

As a team, LCCC shot 13-16 from the line but only had 12 team rebounds which created multiple second attempts for CCAC which helped them take the lead late in the 1st half. At the half, LCCC trailed 46-40.

In the second half the lead never grew past 7 as both teams struggled to string together offensive runs. Keeping up with his hot scoring, TJ Steele contributed 11 second half points to end the night with 22 points; Steele also ended with 8 rebounds.

With some cold shooting as a team, LCCC depended on the line again to help them add to their score. In the 2nd half, LCCC was 19-28 from the line and saw big production from Kevin Kelley (9 points) and Michael Wilkerson (7 points, 8 rebounds). With the offense clicking much of the game, the defense became key as LCCC was able to limit CCAC Boyce to just 13 total free throw attempts (4 in the 2nd half) and out rebounded them for the game.

With a late lead, the Commodores were able to seal the deal capitalizing at the free throw line to win 83-78. “We lost our aggressiveness late in the 1st half but we found it in the 2nd half and that was the difference. We played well and pulled out the late.”
Stat Recap: Hardy-10 points, 6 rebounds; Steele-22 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assist; Gibbons-7 points, 2 steals, 2 assist; Munn-5 points, 5 rebounds; Nichols-3 points; Kelley-9 points; Wilkerson-7 points, 8 rebounds; Theodus-1 point, 1 rebound; Rell-7 points, 2 assist, 1 rebound; Moon-9 points; Santiago-2 points, 1 rebound; Green-2 points, 1 block.
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