LCC men outlast Delta College
The LCC men’s basketball team, having lost four of its last five games, limped into the Gannon Gym Dec. 3 and dispatched the Pioneers of Delta College 78-71. The win improved the Stars’ record to 3-4 overall.
LCC had three double-digit scorers. The Stars were led by freshman Javon Haines, who tallied 22 points. Sophomore Tracy Edmond scored 18 points and freshman Brian Morton chipped in 10 points.
At the start of the game the Stars came out flat. But they were bailed out with early three pointers by Haines and freshman Colin Jones.
The visitor’s aggressive defense found itself being sucked into the lane often, committing fouls on the ball carriers they lost in the scrum.
Adjustments on fast break opportunities and disciplined defense prevented Delta from getting any closer, and LCC led 42-36 lead at halftime.
Like a mirror image of the first half, Haines and Jones nailed open shots from downtown in the second half to open up a 56-44 lead less than six minutes in.
Over the following three minutes only two points were scored by both teams, in large part to good defense and errors committed by both.
“We were giving up a lot of three pointers because we weren’t talking enough on defense,” Haines said.
Delta closed to within two before foul trouble led to free points for LCC, and the Stars were able to hold on.
Haines acknowledged his team hasn’t done a very good job closing out games lately, but said this win will give the Stars the confidence they need to continue winning.
LCC Assistant Coach Melvin White said he was pleased with how the team adjusted late in the game.
“It gives them confidence in our conditioning because I think a lot of teams get tired,” he said. “I think they’re starting to see a difference from the beginning of the game to the end of the game.”
In a game where every point was a grind, White had a simple recap of finally getting a much needed victory.
“I hope they remember how it feels to win,” White said. “Hopefully it will build momentum so we can keep winning.”