LCC men’s hoop squad earns victory over Lake Michigan College
The LCC men’s basketball team (7-4 MCCAA 15-9 overall) narrowly defeated MCCAA Western Conference leader Lake Michigan College 83-79 in the Gannon Gym Feb. 11, pulling within a game and a half of first place.
The Stars spread the ball around as six players scored in double digits. They were led by freshmen Brian Morton and Tracy Edmond who scored 15 points. Freshmen Colin Jones and Javon Haines chipped in 13 points each.
But it was sophomore sharpshooter Tyler Lewis who stole the show, hitting 56 percent (4 for 7) from three-point range to score 12 points.
“The real important thing for us was that we finished the game,” said LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram. “We’ve lost so many games because we didn’t finish. We did just enough to maintain the lead.”
Both teams struggled to get going early as both squads failed to score on their first two possessions in regulation. Six of the first 10 points scored in the contest were tallied at the foul line.
The offensive stagnation did not last long as LCC raced out to a 25-12 lead, thanks to shooting heroics by Lewis and fast-paced transition scoring.
Speed was the weapon the Stars used early and often, with the home team leading 39-30 at halftime. This was highlighted by an alley-oop dunk by Mo Ba, courtesy of Morton.
A 5-0 run by LCC at the beginning of the second half proved that LCC was not going to slow down. A lapse of concentration left LMC’s shooters open on the back end, as back-to-back three pointers (11 for 23 overall) cut the lead to 48-41.
“We lose focus but our coach (Ingram) told us to play defense for 40 minutes,” Edmond said. “Our defense fuels our offense, which is really good.”
The Stars sped up the pace, and in turn created foul trouble for the visitor’s big men. This meant free points for LCC, which extended its lead 69-56.
With one last-ditch effort the Redhawks pulled to within three points with one minute left to play. But another Mo Ba dunk sealed the game for LCC
The Stars did not outclass LMC in every category, but it was their 46 percent shooting (30 for 65) from the field compared to the Redhawks’ 41 percent (28 for 63) that made the difference.
Edmond explained that one simple message is being shared in the locker amongst the team.
“Just take it one game at a time,” he said.
The LCC men were scheduled to travel to face Kalamazoo Valley CC Feb. 14. The Stars come home to host Western Conference rival Grand Rapids CC Wednesday, Feb. 18.