2018-19 Men's Varsity Basketball Team
Front Row (L to R): Joel Guzman, Andrew Nelson, David Sedeno Martel, Thomas Hronis, Ny'Jere Hodges. Back Row (L to R): Jacob Marsh, Isaiah Linder, Jovon Jones, Derek Yahnke, Bryce Bouldwin, Justin Newman, Patrick McNeal.
Head Coach: Marty Eggleston
Phone: (440) 365-5222 ext. 8310
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March 12, 2019 – – Awards continue to come in for the Lorain County Community College Basketball Teams as three Commodores earned Region XII Division III All-Region Team recognition. Earlier this week, Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall), Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) and Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) were named to the All-OCCAC Conference Team, as well as the Division III All-District Team for their on the court accomplishments this season.
Thompson led the Commodore Women to their best season win record in the OCCAC Era, as they finished the year at 13-17 overall. She led the team in scoring with 350 points in her rookie season, for an 11.7 PPG average. The 5-3 Freshman Guard pulled in 173 rebounds (5.8/game), dished out 44 assists and had 39 steals.
Jones, the OCCAC Defensive Player of the Year and 6-7 Sophomore Center, ranked 15th in the Nation for Division III athletes with 52 blocks on the season. He also snagged 233 rebounds for an 8.3/game average, added 378 points for a 13.5/game average, and shot an outstanding 62.2% from the field.
Newman, a 6-2 Sophomore Guard, made his presence felt early in the season, racking up a school record 53 points in a game, and never stopped. Newman ranked 29th in the Nation with 503 points on the season, for a 19.3/game average. He was the lone D-III player named to the All-OCCAC First Team, after leading his team in points, finishing 2nd in the OCCAC with 73 steals on the year, grabbing 192 caroms and handing out 76 assists.
Congratulations to our LCCC Student-Athletes for their well-deserved honors this season!
February 25, 2019 – – The momentum of a come from behind victory yesterday in the Region XII Division III semi-final game was not enough to carry the Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team to a Championship today, as they lost to top-seeded Columbus State Community College 68-60.
LCCC got off to a slow start as the Cougars went on an 8-0 run in the game before the Commodores finally got a bucket at the 15:44 mark. The scoring drought continued for Lorain and they were down 30-13 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the half. Lorain came to life in the final few minutes and rattled off 13 points to close the gap to 36-26 at the break.
The Cougars took charge in the second half and extended their lead to 52-37, as the Commodores were down one starter…losing Ny’Jere Hodges (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) in the first half to a dislocated finger. LCCC regrouped and went on a run to cut the lead to 5 with just under 9 minutes to play. Columbus State went back up by 10, but the Commodores stayed in contention and again closed the gap to 65-60 with 1:33 remaining on the clock.
The Commodores had several opportunities to come back in the game, but an uncharacteristically poor shooting night ultimately did them in, as they shot only 29.4% from the field and 19.4% from 3-point range.
Lorain Head Coach, Marty Eggleston, said after the game “I’m very proud of this team…we’ve learned some powerful lessons this year as basketball players and men.”
Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) had another double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, while Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) led the Commodores in scoring with 20 on the night. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) provided a spark for Lorain in the second half, hitting 3 of 7 from the 3-point range for 9 points.
LCCC wraps up the season with a 14-17 record, after going 9-0 to start the year.
February 24, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team came from behind in an exciting fashion to overtake Hocking College late in the game and score a 94-89 victory in their NJCAA Region XII Division III Semi-Final game at Ohio Christian University.
The Commodores were down 51-43 with 15 minutes to go in the game before they made a run on the Hawks and cut their lead to 53-51. LCCC went up 72-65 after the Hocking coach was called for a technical foul with 8 minutes to play, then the Hawks made a run of their own to knot the score at 86 at the 1:59 mark.
The teams traded layups before Hocking went ahead 89-88 after a Lorain foul with 1:04 on the clock. Ny’Jere Hodges (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) grabbed a big offensive rebound off a Lorain missed 3-pointer and was fouled with 50 seconds to go. Hodges hit both free throws and LCCC reclaimed the lead 90-89.
Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) snagged a key steal with 23 seconds to play and was fouled. Newman hit both shots to give the Commodores a 92-89 edge on the Hawks. Hocking missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go and Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) came up big with the defensive rebound. He was fouled and sent to the line, making both to seal the victory for Lorain.
LCCC Head Coach, Marty Eggleston, commented following the win, “We played our style of defense and followed our game plan. We had three guys with 10 or more rebounds and played a solid game all the way around. Tomorrow’s game is what we’ve worked to reach. The Regional Championship is our first goal and tomorrow will be our true test.”
Three Lorain players finished with double-doubles in the win, with Hodges leading the way with 26 points, including 10 of 12 from the charity stripe, and 14 boards. Newman recorded his third double-double this week…scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also dished out 3 assists, had 2 steals and 2 blocks on the night. Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) put in 15 points and 10 boards. Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) contributed 18 points, while Nelson added 8 points, 5 rebounds, and a team-high 4 assists.
Lorain improves to 14-16 on the season heading into the Region XII Championship game tomorrow night at Ohio Christian University against top-seeded Columbus State Community College. Tipoff is at 7:30 pm.
February 23, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team faced a tough task against Division II Sinclair Community College in their final regular-season home contest…a strong team with a talented roster, led by NCAA Division I recruit, Sean McNeil (Union, KY/Cooper).
The Commodores jumped out to an early lead off 7 points from Isaiah Linder (Brooklyn) when the Tartan Pride went to work with aggressive defense and good ball movement…regaining the lead and heading into the locker room with a 43-36 advantage.
Although Lorain did a great job holding McNeil to 9 first half points, he sprang to life in the second half with stellar 3-point shooting and a game-high 32 points. The Commodores managed to cut the lead several times, but each time they scored, the Tartan Pride answered. Sinclair had a final scoring surge late to grab the win with a 101-84 final score.
Lorain Head Coach, Marty Eggleston, praised his team, stating “I’m so proud of our guys for their effort in this game and throughout the season…they have endured many difficult situations and handled it well. I’m excited we start a new season tomorrow and it’s just a one game season. We’re preparing for our game against Hocking College and the goal is to win, then play for a Regional Championship on Monday night.”
Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) and Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville), wrapped up their final home game for LCCC by leading the team with 27 and 20 points, respectively. Newman also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and finished with a double-double to end the regular season. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) contributed 12 points, going 4-8 from downtown.
LCCC finishes the regular season at 13-16 overall and 4-12 in the OCCAC. Sinclair improves to 18-10 for the season and 9-5 in conference play.
The Commodores are back in action Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Division III Region XII Championships with a 6 pm tipoff against Hocking College at Ohio Christian University. LCCC is seeded second going into playoffs and facing the third seed. Winner advances to the Championship game at 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019, and will face either Owens or Columbus State.
February 20, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team travelled to cross-town rival Lakeland Community College to square off against one of the top teams in the OCCAC but came up on the short-end of the 95-80 score.
Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) turned in a double-double for the Commodores and led all scorers in the game with 28. Newman also led the team with 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals on the night. Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) came up big with 21 points, as did Jacob Marsh (Elyria) with 17 points.
Head Coach, Marty Eggleston, praised his team’s effort saying “I am very proud of the guys tonight. They controlled the tempo for much of the game. We just got a little tired at the end.”
LCCC is now 13-15 overall and 4-11 in OCCAC Conference play. Lakeland improves to 21-6 on the season and 10-4 in the OCCAC.
Lorain plays their final regular season game at home at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, against Sinclair Community College.
February 16, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team travelled to Edison State Community College, a team with a 6-game winning streak and an unbeaten record on their home court, and were unable to stop their streak. Edison improved to 16-0 at home with a 92-63 win over the Commodores.
Lorain drops to 13-14 overall and 4-10 in the OCCAC, while Edison State ups their record to 22-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference.
The Commodores head to cross-town rival, Lakeland Community College for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
No other information or game statistics were available at the time of this release.
February 13, 2019 – – It was a valiant effort by the Commodores of LCCC, but the fast break of the Cougars of Columbus State proved too much to overcome in the end, as LCCC dropped a heartbreaker 93-87.
LCCC got down by as many as 11 points in the first half before they went on a rampage blocking shots, hitting the boards, and nailing some key buckets to take a 37-34 lead at the half.
The game stayed close throughout most of the second period until the Cougars tightened up their defensive effort, forcing several turnovers, which they converted to 14 fast break points in the second half. Columbus State extended their lead to 11 with 7:56 to go but Lorain stayed aggressive and continued to battle.
LCCC cut the margin to 75-72 with 3:23 on the clock, when a scramble for a defensive rebound resulted in an LCCC foul and put Columbus guard Keshawn Underwood (Zanesville) on the line. He hit both shots from the stripe, extending the lead to 77-72. The Commodores kept answering on the offensive end but were forced to foul Underwood several more times down the stretch. He finished a perfect 10-10 with the game on the line.
Coach Marty Eggleston said after the game, “That was a good match-up. This is a team we will need to get past in the playoffs so we need to learn how to beat them. I have a lot of respect for Columbus State – they are a well-coached team and bring out the best in their opponents. We will keep learning and working to get our game to the next level.”
Five players finished in double-digits for the Commodores, with Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) leading the team with 24. Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville) had 21, plus tied for a team-leading 9 boards. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) and Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) each had 14 points, while Andrew Nelson (Strongsville) added 12. Jones pulled in 9 rebounds and Ny’Jere Hodges (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) led the team with 6 assists and 3 steals.
LCCC falls to 13-13 overall and 4-9 in the OCCAC. Columbus State improves to 13-7 and 10-3 on the season.
The Commodores head to Edison State at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019 for an OCCAC game.
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.
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.
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.