Cagers dunk their way past Jackson
The LCC men’s basketball team narrowly fell to Ancilla College, 83-82, at home Jan. 3 in their first game of 2015.
The Stars got back on track Jan. 7, notching their first victory of the New Year with a 90-81 defeat of the Jets at Jackson College.
Freshman Brian Morton was the leading scorer for LCC with 28 points, with fellow freshman Mike Johnson putting up 16 points.
Six players for LCC scored in double digits. Sophomore Momadou “Mo” Ba had the Stars’ only double-double of the game with 13 rebounds and 16 points. His performance was highlighted by two thunderous dunks, one in each half.
“Mo sat out a year so it took him some time to get going,” said LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram. “He blocks shots, he rebounds, he finishes. He’s doing what we expect him to do.”
The victory put LCC in fourth place in the MCCAA Western Conference, just one game behind third-place Kalamazoo Valley CC.
Jackson College is a team heavy with shooters, and the Stars left the wing open for the home team. The Jets took advantage, shooting just under 38 percent (11 for 29) from the three-point line.
LCC sophomore Peter Nichols acknowledged there was a tendency to let a shooter slip. He said the team communicated on the floor to remedy the error.
“We just told each other to put a hand up,” he explained. “We all know they’re shooters, so ‘stick to your man’ and deny.”
But the game was won by LCC’s strong shooting. LCC shot 74 percent (20 for 27) at the free-throw line and 48 percent from the field (39 for 81); enough to beat the Jets 43 percent (27 for 63) effort.
For a team that has lost by three points or less four times, Ingram said his main concern is making sure his team put opponents away.
“Our focus right now is finishing games,” he said. “We haven’t done a very good job finishing, I think. We’ve lost five games at the buzzer and in all those games we were up by 10.”
Ingram said with injuries occurring, it gives important minutes to other players.
“Javon Haines has been out for two games so it has given other guys a chance,” Ingram said. “I think it’s going to be OK.”
The LCC men dropped their latest game to Lake Michigan College 84-75. That loss dropped LCC to 1-2 in the MCCAA, and to 9-7 overall. The Stars were scheduled to host Kalamazoo Valley CC Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Gannon Gym.