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.
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.
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.
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.
Sophomore guard Mike Rell (Parma/Valley Forge) (pictured) and sophomore forward Miles Meredith (Bedford/Bedford) (pictured, lower middle) each scored 12 points and freshman forward Jovon Jones (Cleveland/Faith Baptist) (pictured, lower left) and sophomore guard Jake Schultz (Parma/Heritage Christian) (pictured, lower right) each added 10 points. LCCC led at the break, 35-30, and 71-61 in the second half before the final eight-point margin.
Rell grabbed a team-high six boards in addition to a team-best five assists and a steal. Meredith, Jones and Schultz each collected five rebounds. Jones added an assist and a blocked shot.
Freshman guard Thomas Hronis (North Ridgeville/North Ridgeville) connected on 3-of-4 shots from long range for nine points and picked off two rebounds. Freshman forward Jatee Dudley (Cleveland/Garfield Heights) made the most of eight minutes off the bench, scoring six points on 2-of-3 shots, four boards and an assist. Freshman guard Montez Day (Cleveland/JFK) contributed seven points and a pair of caroms. Sophomore forward Daniel Lott (Brooklyn/Brooklyn) scored six points with a game-high three steals.
Sinclair’s scoring leader was sophomore forward LiDonta Hicks-Gentry with game-highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds.
“We got the monkey off our back,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston stated, referring to the two recent consecutive losses to Tri-C (ranked #1 in NJCAA D-II) and a strong Wayne County (MI) CC NJCAA D-II team. “Our defense triggered our offense tonight. It was a back and forth game against a very good opponent,” Eggleston added.
Sinclair is now 1-4 in the OCCAC and 9-8 overall. LCCC improves to 4-1 in league play and 13-2 overall. The Commodores will host Columbus State on Wednesday night, January 17, at 7:30 p.m.
A lot of talent was on display as Cuyahoga Community College — ranked #1 in the nation in NJCAA D-II — overcame a strong challenge from host Lorain County Community College — ranked 11th in NJCAA D-III this week — 80-65, on Wednesday evening, January 10.
It was too much Devon Robinson for the Commodores to overcome. The talented sophomore forward tallied a game-high 38 points — 25 in the decisive second half — on 13-of-22 shots, including several dunks. He completed a double-double with 14 boards to lead all rebounders. Robinson also collected nine steals and five assists.
LCCC was paced by sophomore guard Mike Rell (Parma/Valley Forge) (pictured) with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 2-for-2 from long range and 4-for-4 from the foul line. His all-around game included three boards, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. His 15 first half points led all scorers at the intermission.
“We just played the best D-II team in the country,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston declared. “It was a good, exciting game. It was a tough loss, but I compliment Cuyahoga on what they are doing with a very talented team,” Eggleston added.
The Commodores came out strong, taking a 15-10 lead and increasing it to seven, 35-28, with 3:49 remaining in the first half. But the Challengers scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to take a 39-37 lead into the locker room.
The game was tied at 45 and the Commodores only trailed by two, 52-50, with 12 minutes to play. Tri-C then went on a 9-2 run, capped by a Robinson dunk, to take a 61-52 lead with 8:50 remaining.
LCCC came within six points at 65-59 on a Jake Schultz (Parma/Heritage Christian) three-point shot with 5:20 left in the game. Again, Cuyahoga answered with an 11-2 streak over the next four minutes to open a 76-61 advantage.
Sophomore Daniel Lott (Brooklyn/Brooklyn) scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and added four rebounds and a steal. Sophomore forward Miles Meredith (Bedford/Bedford) and freshman forward Jovon Jones (Cleveland/Faith Baptist) each added eight points and eight caroms.
Cuyahoga CC remains undefeated at 16-0 while LCCC is now 12-2 for the season. The Commodores play next at Sinclair on Saturday, January 13.
Jan. 4, 2018 — The new year has started out the same as the “old” year as far as the Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC) D-III Player of the Week awards is concerned. Sophomore forward ANGEL BLAKELY and sophomore guardJAKE SCHULTZ have been named as repeat winners of the weekly conference honors.
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:
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.
The Lorain County Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams were presented with more honors this week during the holidays from the Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC) as sophomore forwards Angel Blakely and Mike Rell were tabbed as the D-III Players of the Week.
Blakely has won the weekly award in four of the last five weeks, including back-to-back-to-back. This week, she contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and an assist despite the Commodores coming up short in an 82-63 defeat to Westmoreland County. Blakely converted on 7-of-13 field goal attempts in the team’s lone contest of the week.
Lorain County has now represented the D-III player of the week in six of eight weeks following Hannah Oehlstrom’s back-to-back distinctions to start the season.
Rell grabbed his second laurel in the last three weeks following a stretch in which he tallied per game averages of 18.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He began the week with 14 points and three assists versus the Valley Forge Military College. Rell then dropped in 22 more points, six assists and four boards against 13th-ranked Community College of Philadelphia the next day. Lorain County improved to 12-0 on the year with the pair of victories. Rell was a sharpshooter, hitting 13-of-23 field goal attempts, 3-of-6 from long range and all seven foul shots.
Lorain County now owns five of the eight 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 – Jake Schutlz; Dec. 11, 25 – Mike Rell
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team came from 16 points behind — 14 at the half — with a second half surge that stunned Philadelphia CC — the No. 13 team in DIII — 81-75, on Tuesday evening, December 19, in Philadelphia, PA.
LCCC trailed at halftime, 46-32, but played perhaps the best half of the season to earn the victory and maintain a perfect 12-0 mark this season. The 16-point deficit (14 at halftime) was the largest of the season to date.
The Commodores were paced by the trio of sophomore forward Mike Rell (pictured), sophomore guard Jake Schultz and freshman center/forward Jovon Jones.
“Those three had great games and led us back from a big deficit on the road in a difficult place to play against a very good team,” Head Coach Marty Eggleston stated. “They had no answer for Schultz, Rell and Jones. JJ (Jones) had multiple dunks and did a great job on the boards.”
Rell topped all scorers with a game-high 22 points, including 18 in the critical second half when LCCC outscored Philadelphia, 49-29. He also notched 6 big assists, 4 rebounds and a steal. Schultz scored 14 and team-highs of 10 rebounds, 6 huge steals and 3 assists. Sophomore forward Daniel Lott added 13 points, 3 boards and a steal. Jones contributed 6 points with big-time dunks, 8 caroms and 1 assist. Sophomore forward Miles Meredith contributed 9 points, 7 boards, an assist and a steal. The team swiped 13 steals compared to 5 for Philadelphia.
“We were down 16, but once we got the lead in the second half we kept it,” Eggleston commented. “This feeling that we have right now is why we do what we do every day. I am very proud of this team and happy for them,” Eggleston added.
The Commodores will have a break in the schedule until they host DII Wayne County (MI) CC on Saturday, December 30 at 3 p.m.
The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team raced to its 11th consecutive win on Monday evening, December 18, 107-67, at Valley Forge Military Academy, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Based on the school’s available information, the 11-0 mark sets a new school-record for consecutive victories.
LCCC entered the game as the second-highest scoring team in NJCAA Division III, scoring 103.1 points per game. The new average of 103.5 is likely to maintain its #2 position. Eastfield College (TX) leads the DIII nation in scoring at 106.8 ppg.
The Commodores displayed balanced scoring, as usual, with four players in double figures. Sophomore forward Daniel Lott paced the scoring with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Freshman guard Thomas Hronis collected 15 points. Sophomore forward Mike Rell tossed in 14 points, converting 5-of-8 shots. Freshman guard Oscar Dorsey added 11 points, a team-high 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Sophomore Jake Schultz dished out a team-high 6 assists and tallied 8 points. Freshman center/forward Jovon Jones came up big in just 11 minutes of action, scoring 8 points and grabbing 6 boards.
It was LCCC’s third straight win by a margin of 40 or more points.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 19) the Commodores will be tested at the Community College of Philadelphia, ranked 13th in DIII.
Lorain County Community College sophomore forward Angel Blakely has again been named OCCAC Player of the Week. Blakely has won the weekly award in three of the last four weeks, including back-to-back. This week, the Lady Commodores played a lone contest, besting Southern State by an 85-71 tally. Blakely notched a 30-point performance of her own, connecting on a dozen field goals. She added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals to the stat sheet.
Lorain County has now represented the D-III player of the week in five of seven weeks following Hannah Oehlstrom’s back-to-back distinctions to start the season.