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The Lookout | January 20, 2018

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Male hoopsters share conference title

Male hoopsters share conference title

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor 

 

The 2014-15 LCC men’s basketball team can add the title of MCCAA Western Conference Co-Champion to its resume.

The Stars won their final home game, 87-74, against Glen Oaks CC on Jan 23, then clinched the co-championship with an 88-83 victory at Muskegon CC Jan 25.

Against the Vikings of Glen Oaks, LCC sophomores Tracy Edmond, Momadou Ba, Peter Nichols and Tyler Lewis played their final home game wearing blue and white.

Glen Oaks controlled the game early, harnessing a 21-20 lead with quick guard play and smart passes underneath.

The lead did not last long. LCC’s defense crashed the boards on every defensive possession, and strong transition play from LCC freshman Javon Haines (who finished with 21 points) gave the Stars a 24-21 lead.

“Coach (Mike Ingram) wanted us to push the ball, ‘run, run, run,’” Haines said. “We just stayed true to our game. Just run, play defense. We didn’t take this game any different than any other game.”

With only two players on his bench, Glen Oaks Head Coach Steve Proefrock voiced his displeasure in his teams’ defensive presence as fouls began to pile up. LCC went into the halftime with a 44-30 lead.

The Stars came in the second half ready to put the game away early, racing to an 8-2 run. Before long LCC had a 20-point advantage.

LCC guards were constantly revolving at the top of the key. Meanwhile the big forwards held their ground inside, drawing easy contact and putting the visitors in a tough position with personnel.

With two Glen Oaks players fouling out in the final five minutes of the game, LCC comfortably cruised to victory.

“It means everything, get my coach a win, get my team a win,” said Edmond about his final home game. “Knowing that this might be my last game here, it’s really special.”

LCC Head Coach Mike Ingram said he’s seen a lot of growth from his elder players, including Edmond, throughout their careers.

“I’ve seen them mature … The more sophomores you have the better chance you have to win,” he said. “They can tell the other guys what they expect, and my bite does not bother them. It helps the others see me get on them, because they might have a smile on their face and show that it’s not that bad.”

Much in part to LCC’s seven-game win streak to finish the regular season (the second longest in the MCCAA), the Stars qualified for the NJCAA Division II District IX tournament Mar. 3 through 7 at Delta College.

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