Blakely and Rell Earn More Holiday Awards for LCCC Basketball


by Ken Hoffman

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