LCC men win in high-scoring battle
It was a high-scoring affair in the Gannon Gym on Jan. 28 as the LCC men’s basketball team (5-3 MCCAA 13-8 overall) ran past the Jayhawks of Muskegon CC, 125-102.
Six players for LCC scored double-digit points, led by sophomore Tracy Edmond with 26 and freshman Javon Haines with 23. Freshmen Brian Morton chipped in a double-double for LCC with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
“It shows we are playing as a team,” said LCC freshman Colin Jones, who had 22 points. “It shows not one guy has to score all the time. We’re just getting better as the season goes on. It’s all coming together.”
Both teams sprinted out of the gate to start, but it was LCC sophomore Mamadou Ba who got the scoring going early. Ba put in the game’s first two buckets, helping the Stars establish a 10-4 lead early on.
MCC looked to get its outside shooting game going early, but stout defense and a little bit of luck prevented it from materializing. That, coupled with Jones’ seven-point outburst, led to a 20-6 advantage for the Stars.
“I think Colin is maturing a lot this year, I think he’s becoming a better and better player as the season goes on,” said LCC Assistant Coach Melvin White. “He’s starting to take this more serious, and the harder he works the better player he can be,”
MCC caught fire from three-point range late in the first half, thanks to four daggers from the Jayhawks’ Marcus Tumblin, who scored 18 points for the visitors.
MCC and LCC traded scores before a scrum broke out under the Jayhawks basket that culminated in technical fouls for each team. LCC led 60-53 at the half.
White and the rest of the staff had a simple message to keep the players calm and focused.
“Just to keep playing hard and keep playing defense, because that’s what got us the lead,” he said. “As long as we focus on our defense we’re a pretty good team.”
Coming out in the second half it was all LCC. Crisp passes in transition and nimble feet in the paint were the driving forces behind a lead that was never relinquished.
Frustration was evident on the visitors’ bench as Head Coach Dave Schlump was hit with a technical foul that only added to their woes. To add insult to injury, Ba threw down a monstrous dunk that epitomized how on point the Stars were, stretching the lead 88-67.
The Stars shot just under 60 percent from the field (46 of 77) and converted 79 percent (26 of 32) of their foul shots, enough to counter the Jayhawks pedestrian 47 percent (37 for 78) shooting from the field.
The LCC men were scheduled to finish out the month traveling to Ancilla College Jan.31. They are back home for a two-game homestand against Jackson College Wednesday, Feb. 4 and Lake Michigan College Wednesday, Feb. 11.