Front Row (L to R): Montez Day, Jake Schultz, Justis Craig, Kevin Kelley, Oscar Dorsey, Mike Rell. Back Row (L to R): Associate Coach Keshock, Thomas Hronis, Jaivon Lane, Miles Meredith, Daniel Lott, Jovon Jones, Deric Nichols, Jatee Dudley, Zach Swain, Kevin Miller Jr, Luis Santiago, Head Coach Eggleston.
Three Lorain County Community College sophomore student-athletes were selected to the Men’s Basketball All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Teams by the coaches of the OCCAC.
Guard Mike Rell (pictured) was named to the OCCAC Second Team while forward Daniel Lott (pictured below left) and guard Kevin Kelley (pictured below right) each received Honorable Mention.
Rell led the Commodores in scoring with 13.8 points per game and assists with 3.0 apg. He was the Commodores’ top marksman shooting 56.7% from the field and 84.5% from the foul line. Rell was named OCCAC Region XII, D-III Player of the Week five times during the season as LCCC turned in one of its most successful seasons in school history with a record of 23-6.
Lott was the team’s No. 2 scorer averaging 11.3 ppg, shooting 44.5% from the floor and 78.9% from the charity stripe. He also added 3.3 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Rell and Lott were also named to the All-District (Region XII, D-III) Team
Kelley averaged 6.6 points, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and owned a team-best assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9 (19 assists to every 10 turnovers). Kelley shot 43.8% from the field — including some clutch shots down the stretch of several games — and 78.6% of his free throws.
LCCC was ranked as high as #7 in the country in NJCAA D-III. The team — coached by Marty Eggleston and John Keshock — completed a two-year record of 40-18.
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team’s hopes for a second straight NJCAA Region XII championship were dashed by Columbus State on Tuesday night, Feb., 27, 90-75, at Ohio Christian University.
Columbus State jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes. The Commodores came within a 12-8 score on a Miles Meredith jump shot with 12:35 to play in the first half but that was as close as the Commodores would get.
Meredith (pictured) — a sophomore forward and the team’s leading rebounder — led LCCC with an outstanding career-high and game-high 26 points (10-of-13 shooting for .769%) and a team-high nine rebounds, personally keeping the Commodores in the game. Sophomore guard Mike Rell was limited to 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Freshman forward Jovon Jones made 3-of-4 shots for eight points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a team-high four shots, as did sophomore forward Deric Nichols.
The Commodores trailed at halftime, 37-26, but cut the lead to four, 43-39, on a Meredith three-point basket just four minutes into the second half. But Chris Byrd then connected on two consecutive three’s as the CSCC ran off eight straight points to up the lead to a dozen at 51-39. Byrd scored 20 points to lead six Cougars in double figures. Anthony Butler contributed a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. CSCC won the battle of the boards, 47-34.
LCCC shot 44.1% from the floor but, uncharacteristically, made just 3-of-16 (18.8%) from long range and just 12-of-21 (57.1%) from the foul line.
In spite of the loss, the Commodores completed one of the most successful seasons in LCCC history with a 23-6 record, including a 12-0 start. During the latter part of the season the team reached a ranking of #7 in the country in NJCAA D-III (112 schools).
The complete box score was not available at the time of this writing.
Sophomore guard Mike Rell was named OCCAC D-III Player of Week on Monday, Feb. 26 for his performance in two Commodore victories (Feb. 21 at Clark State and Feb. 24 at Hocking College). Rell lifted Lorain County Community College to a pair of triumphs last week, both on the road over conference foes. He earns his fifth Player of the Week distinction of the season after averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds (4.5 offensive), 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the two wins. Rell hit 11-of-20 (55%) shots, including 3-for-5 from deep. Rell ended the regular season as the Commodore’s leading scorer, averaging 13.9 ppg while shooting team-bests of 56.3% from the floor and 84.1% of his free throws (58-of-69). LCCC finished the regular season with an outstanding record of 23-5 (12-4 in the OCCAC in 3rd place). LCCC will play Columbus State on Tuesday night, Feb. 27, for the NJCAA Region XII title at Ohio Christian University at 7:30 p.m.
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team — ranked 11th in this week’s NJCAA D-III poll — concluded a very successful season on Saturday night, February 24, with an 87-69 victory at Hocking College. The Commodores will play Columbus State on Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, for the NJCAA Region XII championship at Ohio Christian University at 7:30 p.m.
LCCC was led by its top two scorers, sophomore guard Mike Rell (pictured) and sophomore forward Daniel Lott (pictured below) with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Lott scored all 18 of his points in the second half.
Sophomore forward Zach Swain also scored in double figures with 11 points while sophomore forward Miles Meredith tallied nine points — all in the first half — to help lead the Commodores to a 38-30 advantage at the intermission. Three Commodores added six points apiece — freshman guard Luis Santiago, sophomore forward Deric Nichols and freshman guard Oscar Dorsey, who scored all six of his points after halftime.
“We rebounded well and stepped up our defense in the second half to force some turnovers,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston stated. “It was a solid regular season (23-5 record); now the post-season begins,” Eggleston noted.
LCCC concludes the regular season with a 23-5 record overall and 12-4 in the OCCAC (3rd place behind Cuyahoga CC and Owens CC). Hocking ends the season with an overall record of 11-19 and 3-13 in the OCCAC.
Tuesday night’s game is a rematch of last year’s NJCAA Region XII championship game, won by the Commodores, 107-104, in overtime. LCCC and Columbus State split the two-games in this year’s regular season with each team winning at home. CSCC finished this season 16-9 overall and 10-6 in the OCCAC, in 4th place.
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team notched win number 22 on Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, with a well-played 92-81 triumph at Clark State CC.
Sophomore guard Jake Schultz (pictured) had the hot hand in the first half and led all 13 Commodores who scored in the game with 17 points, including 4-of-7 from long range. Sophomore Daniel Lott added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting while freshman Thomas Hronis connected on 3-of-5 from three-point range and ended with 13 points. Sophomore guard Kevin Kelley tallied 11 points and sophomore forward Zach Swain was the fifth Commodore in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including both attempts from beyond the arc.
“It was a great team win,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston stated. “I’m so proud of our team. We shot well and played good defense, especially Jake and Kevin and Miles,” Eggleston added.
LCCC built a 47-35 halftime lead and dominated the boards all night, 48-28, for a +20 rebound margin. Sophomore guard Mike Rell hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds and added eight points on 4-of-8 shooting. Sophomore forward Miles Meredith collected seven boards and played great interior defense. Sophomore forward Deric Nichols grabbed six caroms and Schultz added five more.
LCCC outshot Clark State, 48% to 36%.
Clark State is now 8-16 overall and 3-11 in the OCCAC. The Commodores own a 22-5 overall record and 11-4 in the OCCAC, good for third place behind only Cuyahoga (ranked #2 NJCAA, D-II) and D-II Owens. LCCC wraps up the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Hocking College.
Sophomore forwards Miles Meredith (pictured) and Deric Nichols (pictured below) led a 22-10 run in the final 11 minutes to lead Lorain County Community College to an 81-70 home-court victory over Sinclair Community College on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17.
Nichols scored on a lay-up and a put-back in the final 2-1/2 minutes to secure the win at 81-68 with 1:42 remaining. Nichols contributed 11 points on 5-of 7 shooting, five rebounds, an assist and a game-high four blocked shots. Meredith collected a double-double of 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds plus three blocks and a steal. His seven points during the late run came in a five-minute span with his last free throw giving the Commodores a 75-66 lead with 3:25 left to play.
Sophomore guard Mike Rell — the team’s leading scorer — topped the scoring column again for LCCC with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, plus six rebounds, a team-high four assists and a steal. Sophomore guard Zach Swain added 14 points (on 5-of-8 shots), three boards, two assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Kevin Kelley played a strong floor game and scored six points, added five boards, a game-high five assists and a steal.
Sinclair CC fought back from a 21-9 first-half deficit to tie the game at halftime, 42-42. The Tartan Pride took a brief five-point lead, 49-44, with 16:41 to play on a basket by sophomore forward LiDonta Hicks-Gentry who led Sinclair with a double-double game-highs of 21 points and 19 rebounds.
The game was tied on three occasions and the lead changed hands eight times until the final 11 minutes when the Commodores prevailed.
Sinclair is now 14-14 overall and 4-10 in the OCCAC. The Commodores — ranked #9 in the NJCAA D-III this week — up their record to 21-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference.
The Commodores celebrated “Sophomore Night” with a pre-game ceremony honoring the team’s seven sophomore student-athletes.
LCCC will complete the regular season with two road games next week: Wed., Feb. 21 at Clark State and Sat., Feb. 24 at Hocking College.
Columbus State’s Mario Young led five players scoring in double figures and topped all scorers with 22 points as CSCC jumped out to a 54-30 halftime lead and rode it to a 103-74 win over the visiting Commodores on Wed., Feb. 14.
LCCC trailed by only two, 25-23, with 8:27 to play in the first half when Columbus State outscored LCCC, 29-7, in the final 8-1/2 minutes of the half, including runs of 9-0 and 13-0.
Freshman guard Justis Craig (pictured) topped the Commodores with 11 points (4-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes) and a game-high four steals. Sophomore guard Mike Rell, freshman forward Jovon Jones and freshman forward Jatee Dudley — who played one of his best games of the season — each added nine points. Jones and Dudley joined freshman guard Oscar Dorsey with a team-high six rebounds each. Sophomore forward Deric Nichols scored five points with four rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots. Sophomore forward Miles Meredith was the only Commodore other than Craig to shoot better than 50% as he added eight points (4-of-6 shooting) and three boards in 11 minutes.
LCCC suffered a poor shooting night at 34.6% while CSCC shot 46.5%.
Columbus State became one of the few teams to out-rebound LCCC. The 61-43 total was the Commodores’ largest rebound deficit of the season.
Columbus State evens the season series, 1-1. They stand 15-7 overall and tied with LCCC for third in the OCCAC with a 9-4 record. The Commodores are 20-5 overall and 9-4 in the conference. LCCC returns home for a 3 p.m. game against Sinclair CC on Saturday, Feb. 17.
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.
“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.
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.
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).