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Provost provides forum for student leadership

Charlotte Weiss Staff Writer At Lorain County Community College, the utmost importance is placed upon providing open and engaging forums for students to collaborate and participate in leadership initiatives. On Nov. 11, leaders of student campus organizations met in the…

Students struggle with obesity

Charlotte Weiss Staff Writer “I used to weigh 396 pounds,” recollected Norene Bohannon, a graduate of Lorain County Community College and current adjunct faculty ropes course instructor. She looked at a photograph of herself prior to her weight loss journey…

Dr. Church Retires

Keith A. Reynolds Editor-in-Chief   “It’s been a wonderfully gratifying tenure as President at Lorain County Community College. I have loved our students, I have loved our faculty, our staff, the collegiate environment is very special and we are—myself and…

College administrators assure students are safe

By Keith A. Reynolds Editor-in-Chief The nation was shaken yet again by a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon on Oct. 1. Such scenes of death and destruction seem all too familiar these days, but this particular incident…

Road to recovery: The aftermath of domestic violence

After enduring and surviving domestic violence for three years, Jennifer Varney is now working on building a future for she and her son. Varney will graduate from LCCC with her associate’s degree this spring.
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  Alex Delaney-Gesing Editor-in-Chief In the weeks that followed Jennifer Varney’s brush with death, angrily vivid, red hand marks encircling her neck served as unquestionable evidence of her experience. Though the bruises scattered across her body faded with time, the…

Collegian staffers win 5 Press Club awards

Alex Delaney-Gesing Editor-in-Chief Lorain County Community College’s student-run newspaper The Collegian won five honors in The Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism Awards competition for 2015. ‘Commodores complete sweep’, written by Olivia Moe and Keith A. Reynolds, featured LCCC’s…

A victim of violence: one student’s love story gone wrong

Jennifer Varney, a victim and survivor of domestic violence, lived through three years of abuse from her partner. Varney’s story highlights the somber fact that 20 people are  physically assaulted in the United States each minute.

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  Alex Delaney-Gesing Editor-in-Chief Legs crossed underneath her, Jennifer Varney, a Lorain County Community College social work major, sat curled in a barrel chair while staring out the glass window-covered door of room 207 in LCCC’s College Center building. Though…

World religion teacher pens new textbook

LCCC associate professor of philosophy and religion, Dr. Young Ko.

LCCC associate professor of philosophy and religion, Dr. Young Ko.

Kristin Hohman
Features Editor

Lorain County Community College’s Dr. Young Woon Ko, an associate professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department,  recently published Understanding Religious Diversity: A Journey into Religions of the World. “I was writing this book for my world religion class,” Ko said. “But hopefully, this is not only for my class, but for other colleges’ world religion classes.”

Ko said he wasn’t content with textbooks he has used in the past, which inspired him to write this book. “I have used many different books [on] world religions, which are good,” he said. “But I wasn’t satisfied with Asian religions, especially.” Ko stated he felt these previous texts created a solid foundation for Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism). However, he felt the coverage of Asian religions was too simplistic. “I wanted to bring more serious scholarship on those,” Ko said. “I want to bring more profound meanings.” Ko implemented this idea by using original texts from East Asian religions without English translation.

Ko, who is in his eighth year at LCCC, also felt inspired by his World Religion students to add more depth to the subject. “From my teaching experience, college students can understand a deeper meaning of those religions, even just the introductory level,” Ko stated. He said his students have influenced the direction he took with this project. “I tried when I was writing this book, I was conscious of our college students,” Ko said. “From my class, their discussions and questions helped a lot.”

He was also cognizant of the cost of his textbook to students.“Another important reason, nowadays, the World Religion textbooks costs are [high]. [They] include a lot of images, that makes the cost high,” Ko said. He added that his students can purchase an E-edition of his text for about $35, and the print version for about $70. Loose leaf versions of previously used texts ran upwards of  $200.

It took Ko almost four years to research and write Understanding Religious Diversity, and he plans to include Indigenous and African religions in the second edition, which he hopes to have published next year. This is his third published work, having written The Beauty of Balance: A Theological Inquiry into Paradox, published in 2009, and Jung on Synchronicity and Yijing: A Critical Approach, published in 2011.

Young Ko considers it necessary to not just focus attention on our own individual religions, but to grasp an understanding of the religions around us as well. “We live in a global, religiously diverse society,” Ko said. “So…it’s very important to understand other religions, as well as my own. We are all connected.”

He said World Religion students don’t just gain an understanding of the subject on an academic level, but understand that people all have contrasting concepts of the world. “The religious practice influences their way of life and their way of thinking,” Ko explained. “So, having a better understanding of different religious perspectives and thoughts will have a great impact.”

There are many dangers to religious misconceptions, and Ko feels we often make assumptions too fast. “We misjudge, we judge very quickly,” he said. “It is important to understand and have knowledge of other religions before we just make a judgement on the basis of our own belief systems and cultural orientations.” Ko adds, “It’s the issue of our lives.”

Blackstone Launchpad Relaunches as NEOLaunch Net

Keith A. Reynolds
Editor-in-Chief

If you’ve walked through the Community Resource Center this semester you may have noticed the absence of Blackstone Launchpad. This is due to the entrepreneurial resource is being rebranded and formally relaunched in an event Jan. 25.

The revitalization of the Blackstone Launchpad as the new NEOLaunch Net entrepreneurship resource for students is meant to remind students and community members that LCCC is a supporter of innovation and the creation of new businesses and ideas.

The main goal was around the naming,” said Janice Lapina, program director of NEOLaunch Net when asked about the purpose of the relaunch celebration. “We want to continue our partnership with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. We just wanted to let people know that we’re still here on campus and we have a real regional focus. We have such a great partner with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.”

LCCC has had a rich history of supporting entrepreneurial pursuits, and much of that can be attributed to its guidance and leadership of Dr. Roy Church, president. “This is a chance to start from the ground up,” said Church about the renaming of NEOLaunch Net. “You mix together entrepreneurial spirit with creativity and we suspect what you’ll see is great success. LCCC has had over 750 students express interest in NEOLaunch Net and more than 350 of them have formed ventures that they’re beginning to develop. “These are our own students creating new enterprises that are succeeding and producing for them wealth and success in our community, and producing jobs for others,” Church said. “ Hard to get much better than that.”

Dr. Church is not the only one that touts the spectacular reputation of NEOLaunch Net and all that it has done for the students and Lorain County as a whole. Deb Hoover, the president and CEO of the Burton D Morgan Foundation, the main supporters of NEOLaunch Net, has nothing but positive things to say about their investment in the LCCC resource. “Lorain County Community College was the only community college included among the Blackstone Launchpad campuses across the nation, and there is a very good reason for that,” praised Hoover, “The college has operated in the world of higher education at the cutting edge, embracing entrepreneurship across this campus through the creation or early adoption of dynamic programs like GLIDE, Innovation Fund, FabLab, Community Tech Transfer, and now NEOLaunch Net in addition to various highly respected academic programs.”

Despite the change of branding, NEOLaunch Net will continue to be an important on-campus resource for students and community members alike, and that can be seen in the results that it has already procured and the successes that students have had because of it. “I think the biggest thing is the reassurance that there’s somebody to guide you through it,” said Victor Edwards, LCCC alumni and business owner, about the impact that NEOLaunch Net has had on him personally. “I’ll tell you, when you start a business, there’s a lot of things you don’t know. It’s a learning process and it’s helpful to have someone point out some pitfalls you may come across as you go through it.”

 

Racist graffiti found in bathrooms

Rebecca Marion
Ad Manager

Dr. Dan Cleary, associate professor of English at Lorain County Community College, was appalled by the sight of a racial slur, the n-word, written in two men’s bathrooms in the Stocker Center and the University Partnership. Cleary reported the graffiti to campus security on Dec. 4. The officers who investigated the report observed ‘a statement, racist in nature’ carved into the first floor men’s bathroom stall in the Stocker Center. The second was written on the handicap stall of the men’s bathroom on the second floor of the University Partnership building. Officers then contacted Physical Plant Operations Manager, Dale Lucas to remove the graffiti. “We went out and had to get a special heavy body paint that would cover it up and mask it,” explained Lucas.

Acts of racism at LCCC are very rare, according to Ken Collins, director of Campus Security. There were only two race-based hate crimes reported in 2012, with none in 2013 or 2014. “We have a very nice campus and most folks respect the campus and we don’t have a lot of problems with graffiti or things getting damaged which is good unlike other college campuses. It says a lot about the culture of the campus I think,” said Collins.

LCCC student Alyssa Lekas noticed that others around her used the word ‘n…as’ and suggested, “It’s not necessarily directed towards black people.” Rather, she explained, “I just feel like ‘n…as’ said in Elyria is a term kids use loosely because they think it’s cool, like they hear it in a song by rappers.  I don’t think it’s directed towards black people anymore unless you say n…er.”

“You know, actually, I’m disappointed that somebody wrote that,”  said Sinegugu Gasa, an international student from South Africa studying at LCCC. “I’m not going to say I’m surprised because of the confederate flags I’ve seen. I saw one on a faculty car and I was like ‘oh jeeze,’” said Gasa.

“In terms of LCCC, I have definitely experienced microaggression,” Gasa said. Gasa, who changes her hairstyle frequently, feels ignorance is a key facet. “People are not knowledgeable about me and my hair, so they ask very stupid questions that reflect that. Someone asked, ‘is it real? Can I touch it?”’

Other times racist statements took on a different appearance, for example: on the shirt of her classmate. “She would wear this shirt with a confederate flag at the back that says ‘if this offends you, you’ve made my day’,” described Gasa. “I’ve never said anything to anyone it’s just I saw signs and symbols that people like to carry and I’m uncomfortable with that.”

Despite what she has experienced, Gasa continues to enjoy her time at LCCC and believes that these incidents were not intentional acts of racism, rather they stemmed from a lack of knowledge.

News of hate crimes against African Americans on college campuses has spread like wildfire and LCCC is no exception. In 2015 LCCC was only one of several college campuses whose bathrooms were marred by racist graffiti.  Other colleges faced with identical issues were the University of Iowa, St. Louis Community College, and Connecticut College.

Like many college campus the students and faculty of LCCC are seeking to address racism by discussing it. One way to talk about racism is to establish a forum at LCCC to talk about it.

“I feel like starting the conversation by getting the professors and the dean in charge on the same path. I feel like it’s something that’s not really addressed so let’s talk about it,” said Gasa.

Sharon Van Houte, an associate professor at LCCC, also believes that addressing racism at LCCC is the right course of action. As a teacher Van Houte recognizes that her students juggle multiple responsibilities outside of the classroom, making it difficult for them to become involved in extracurricular activities like forums. As an alternative, Van Houte suggested a time efficient approach, “I think you would need to target certain classes and convince the instructors to start dialogs and bring students as parts of their class work.”

However, not everyone at LCCC is confident that change can occur. “It’s just people are childish, especially in college. It makes you laugh, but you’ll never be able to change it,” said Rocco Nunnari, a student at LCCC.

According to Cleary, racism exists in America and needs to be addressed on LCCC’s college campus. Regardless of the circumstances, LCCC professors and administration should actively take part in searching for a resolution, whatever that may be. “Part of our job is to challenge students’ pre-existing beliefs, especially when those beliefs are morally repugnant like racist sentiments,” Cleary said.

Expansion and renovations planned for campus

This is a rendering of what the new facility would look like upon completion.

This is a rendering of what the new facility would look like upon completion.

Charlotte Weiss
Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College prides itself on being a hotbed for manufacturing and technological advancement in the world of higher education, and is taking another step toward being a prevalent resource for students and community members alike. Beginning in February, the Nord Advanced Technology (AT) and Campana buildings at LCCC will be undergoing renovations for an addition that will provide added space and improvements to the existing facilities.

With the desire to improve resources for students and campus community in mind, LCCC submitted a capital request to the state to receive a small campus grant from funds set aside by the Governor meant to be distributed for use in fields of workforce needs. Funds received from the state totaling $2.5 million were matched by the college, as well as a generous donation of $750,000 from the LCCC Foundation to be used for equipment inside the facility. This brought the budget to a grand total of $5.75 million. This is an all-inclusive budget that incorporates all facets of construction, including the building and fees of the architectural firm, Weber Murphy Fox (WMF).

WMF is an architecture, interior design, construction management, land planning and development, and historic preservation company with offices located in Cleveland, as well as Erie and State College, Pennsylvania. “The vision of this project is to showcase the successes and continued growth of the Fab Lab and Automation Lab,” said Clete Miller, the principal of WMF. “Externally, Dr. Church desired an architectural response which balances the building masses along the western public edge. Our response provides contextually complementary materials coupled with a dynamic, organic screenwall which captures the viewer’s attention and speaks to the robust nature of activities contained within this new space. Internally, the new environment provides room for growth of both functions within efficient operational configurations and welcomes students and guests to observe the numerous activities formerly behind solid walls.”

At the Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 21, bids for the opportunity to work on the project from 11 different construction companies were shared.  The low bid of $3,297,500 from Coastal Quality Construction Inc., a company headquartered in Broadview Heights, was approved. “This amount is for the building addition and changes within the existing building only,” said Laura Carissimi, the Purchasing/Facility Planning Office director, “The equipment, furniture, computer hardware, software, and audio-visual equipment is in addition to the construction costs.”

The main purpose of the addition is to position the campus to have a larger emphasis on manufacturing and create a hub with this focus. The addition will create a more prominent space for the FabLab, with a designated safely ventilated new facility deemed the “dirty fab” for projects requiring more in-depth elaboration. Developments will also include a fiberglass area, an automation lab, a courtyard space, and the inclusion of regions available for further ideation. “It’s our desire to build synergy among all these manufacturing elements,” said Carissimi, “There is such a strong emphasis on programs like GLIDE, the Smart Center, and the FabLab here. With the grant we could have chosen workforce aspects like healthcare or manufacturing, and we picked the manufacturing piece.” Renovations will be made to the existing structure to expand the AT building, provide a new west side main entry, and link the new addition to the Campana building.

In keeping with the trends of technological and construction advancements, LCCC considers itself at the height of developmental plans for its campus. “As we plan our buildings, we assume a minimum of a 50-year use of the structure and its systems,” said Carissimi, “Our ‘original’ buildings have reached that 50-year mark, which is a big reason as to why so much construction and renovation in the past several years.”

With the desire to perfect and develop useful resources for students and campus community members at the forefront of the minds of all involved parties, the AT and Campana building addition will prove to be a valuable asset to the campus once completed. The timeline for construction is estimated to take place from late February of this year with targeted substantiation by the spring of 2017.

New techniques and extra planning make winter weather manageable

The Aqua Salina treatment acts as a barrier between the ice and pavement.

Physical Plant staff member Gual Torres sprays liquid deicer on a sidewalk surface on LCCC’s campus.

Kristin Hohman
Features Editor

At the beginning of each spring semester, students see grounds crews with plows and shovels battling the snow that covers the campus of Lorain County Community College. The Physical Plant handles the day-to-day operations of the entire campus, including utilities, landscaping, custodial duties, and, of course, snow removal.

The crew consists of 21 staff members, according to the Director of Physical Plant Operations, Dale Lucas. “We have full time, part time, student helpers, [and] contracted staff,” Lucas said.

Winter is the crew’s busiest season, and with that comes a lot of planning. “For winter the biggest plan is getting all our people coordinated and on board with their tasks. It takes a lot of manpower to staff snow removal for this site,” Lucas stated.

Plans like these began to take shape towards the end of fall semester, which is when Lucas said his staff started to take a slightly different approach than in previous years.

“This year, we did something a little bit different,” Lucas said. “Prior to winter, [in] late fall, we commandeered parking lot 7 and we turned it into a training ground for all of our snow equipment.”

This extra training will allow Lucas and his staff some flexibility during the winter months.

“This way we have more diversity in who can operate what type of equipment,” Lucas explained. “It’s kind of like cross-training.”

The crew uses about 300 tons of rock salt in an average year, but thanks to a mild winter and a new chemical technique, that hasn’t been the case this year.

“The mild winter, it helped us out immensely,” Lucas commented. “We’re saving money on rock salt and deicer. Snow removal activities require a lot of overtime, so we’re saving funding on overtime. Plus, our guys aren’t stressed out like they would [normally] be.”

According to grounds and custodial group leader and crew trainer, Tim Gadomski, crews will be utilizing a new chemical treatment called Aqua Salina, which is a liquid deicer. Gadomski said the same formula is used by the Ohio Department of Transportation on highways in the area.

Lucas said that crews had to be trained on new spraying equipment, but is hopeful this new process will cut costs.

“It’s a pre-application and post-application,” Gadomski said of the liquid deicer. “It’s supposed to create a barrier for the ice, so it should just plow away.”

“If it works well this year, we’re going to expand on it next year,” Lucas added. “We’re hoping this makes the site safer and prevent slips and falls.”

Hunger Attack honors Martin Luther King’s legacy

LCCC held The Hunger Attack on Jan. 21 to commemorate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers from the college and community packaged over 4,400 healthy macaroni and cheese dinners to be distributed throughout the community.

LCCC held The Hunger Attack on Jan. 21 to commemorate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers from the college and community packaged over 4,400 healthy macaroni and cheese dinners to be distributed throughout the community.

Lady Commodores celebrate win against Jamestown 80-58

Cody Grossman

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College's Forward Angel Blakely shoots to score against Jamestown.

Lorain County Community College’s Forward Angel Blakely shoots to score against Jamestown Community College’s team.

 

The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team took on Jamestown Community College on Jan 7, in what was a statement game for the Commodores. Coming off of a tough loss the previous night to Owens CC, the Commodores looked to set the tempo and show their dominance.

Angel Blakely started it off for LCCC by making several quick baskets, which sparked the offense. Blakely displayed tremendous passing and she also showed her always dominate defense.

Also playing well for the Commodores in the first half were Onyx Lopez, Brandi Holowecky and Madi Bonner. The defense of LCCC at the start of the first half was strong. Led by their defensive anchor Blakely, the Commodores gathered many steals, blocks and caused Jamestown to make countless mistakes. Towards the end of the half however, the defense let up and Jamestown made a run, cutting the lead to three going into the half, 35-32.

The second half was all Commodore basketball. Bonner came out of the half on a roll, scoring at will and shredding the defense of Jamestown. Soon after Lopez and Blakely joined the party.

Jamestown had no answer for any of the Commodores. They came out looking to run the score up and take it to Jamestown and they did exactly that. Blakely along with her scoring, racked up many assists. She displayed great court vision, finding her teammates all over the court for the open shot. Towards the end of the third quarter Lopez had an outstanding chasedown block at the buzzer to swing any momentum Jamestown had and surrendered it to the Lady Commodores.

The Commodores took a huge lead going into the final stretch and didn’t let it go. They controlled the game and had a strong finish. LCCC went on to win 80-58.

After the game Coach Granito discussed the win. “ The key to this game was understanding who we played last night (Owens CC). We hung with them, and I told them to bring the same intensity to this game and they did just that. We have so many players with tremendous talent and we are able to hang with the best of them as long as we bring this same intensity every night.”

Granito also said  “Another key coming out of the second half was our defense. Alycia (Mathis) came out and face guarded their best shooter, who before made at least three or four threes. She didn’t make a single one once Alycia guarded her. It was a solid all around effort.”   

Coaches deal with ineligibility

Cody Grossman

Staff Writer

LCCC's Men's Basketball team's Head Coach Marty Eggleston.

LCCC’s Men’s Basketball team’s Head Coach Marty Eggleston.

Every year at the start of the Fall semester the basketball teams of LCCC lose players. In order stay on the team, the student athlete must maintain a least 2.0 GPA. Some students cannot. Not only does this hurt them but it hurts the coaches tremendously. Coaches then have to compensate and replace that player and attempt to fill the role of that certain player.

Men’s basketball head coach Marty Eggleston gave his thoughts on the topic. “No coach likes that. My opinion is that you’re here to be a student athlete, not an athletic student. We are without or key players most of the time. It saddens me a little. Young people don’t get that you have to do both, be a student first. Basketball is the easiest part of the equation. I myself had to learn the hard way sometimes. It’s no different than eating your vegetables before your dessert.”

Women’s head coach Vince Granito, despite this only being his first season, had a strong opinion on this particular topic. “It certainly makes our job as basketball coaches tougher because we have to monitor the academic progress throughout the year rather than just one season or one semester. For me the impact has both an individual and team effect. When players are being added or deleted it can change the team chemistry and dynamics.”

“Players who are used to one role, now might be called upon to play a new role. Look at how adding some of the injured players for the Cavaliers have changed their team–and they are professionals. The players who get added now have to deal, on an individual level, with adapting to start of play. We added two players at the end of the Fall semester and for them they had to deal with the speed of games, which you don’t always have in practice. They also might have some nervous feelings playing their first game, whereas their teammates have already played 10-12 games.”

“I’d much rather have the situation we had this season, with adding players and not having to delete anyone. We had all our players from the Fall semester eligible, so we did not have to deal with deletion.”

Ineligibility plays a big role in the production of a team. If a player becomes ineligible, it is up to the coaches to think quickly and make the correct and necessary change. Also, it is up to the remaining players to embrace their new role in the always constant strive to get better.

 

Student Athlete Profile: Onyx Lopez

Cody Grossman

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College Women's Basketball team's guard Onyx Lopez.

Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team’s guard Onyx Lopez.

 

Second year player Onyx Lopez has the potential to do something very few people in the history of Lorain County Community College basketball history have ever done, become a member of the 1000 point club.

“It drives me to get better,” Lopez remarked about her potential to make LCCC history. “My free throw percentage has gone up significantly, just because I know every one of them counts. It is a goal of mine, but even if I only make it to 900 I’ll still feel good about it.”   

Lopez also commented on new head coach Vince Granito and the job he’s been doing this season. “He’s great. It’s cool to see him learn the game just as us second year players had to last year. We went through the adjustments he’s going through now. It’s just a cool thing to see.”

Lopez admitted that the toughest part about her college experience was all of the traveling the team did with some rides lasting several hours. Lopez says it took a lot of getting used to. Lopez also went on to talk about her future aspirations pertaining to furthering her college basketball career. “If I can get a scholarship then I definitely will. I may try to walk on to a school if it’s possible.” Lopez says she wants to move on to a smaller division two school.

Lopez also talked about her favorite part of this season. “The overtime win we had was my absolute favorite. Also, the team had a Christmas party and it was really fun. I also love seeing and being a part of Coach Granito’s first college experience. He is setting a good example for all of us.”

One of Lopez’s goals of the season is to make the 1000 point club. Whether she will get it or not is still to be determined, but the journey along the way will be worth seeing.  

 

Men’s basketball team falls to Jamestown 92-71

Cody Grossman

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College Forward Kevin Jenkins attempts a layup against Jamestown.

Lorain County Community College Forward Kevin Jenkins attempts a layup against Jamestown Community College.

 

The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team squared off against Jamestown Community College Jan. 7. and it was an aggressive start from both sides, neither giving an inch to one another.

The defense of the Commodores was strong, adjusting to the length of Jamestown. Unfortunately Matt Wysocki got into early foul trouble and LCCC was down a defender. The momentum swung into the hands of Jamestown and they let LCCC have it.

Kevin Jenkins was a shining light for the Commodores by gathering rebounds and cashing in on his second chance opportunities.

Kwevon Corn had a putback layup towards the end of the half to shift the momentum back to the Commodores. Following that was Chris Theodus and Theodus was the spark off the bench the Commodores needed. His high energy, tough defense and offensive I.Q really helped LCCC get back into the game.

The crowd that the Commodores were back into it once Jenkins stopped a dunk attempt, elevating and stopping the defender in his tracks. Jamestown however, were having none of it. They built a strong lead, and despite a buzzer beating layup by Wesley Harris, the Commodores went into the half trailing, 52-40.

The second half was a slow start for both teams. Both teams turning the ball over and not capitalizing on their open shots. Jamestown got back into their groove and built a 17 point lead. It was looking bad for the Commodores but Ouddi Hamdan wasn’t letting LCCC go down that easy. His defensive effort led to turnovers and fast break points. On offense Hamdan was on fire. He trimmed the lead down to ten and kept the Commodores in the game.

Theodus anchored the defense and helped make it a close one. Jamestown got into foul trouble, which contributed heavily to the commodore comeback. LCCC brought it down to seven with five minutes to go in the game. Jamestown however, regained control and sailed past the Commodores to finish the game. The final score was, 92-71.

After the game, second year player Alex Scullin gave his thoughts on the game, “We could have been better at executing our offense and communicating on defense. We are an entirely different team when we talk and let everyone know where they’re going and what to do on the defensive end. But more than anything at this point our biggest thing is that we have to gel together as a group.”

Scullin also added “We are at a crossroad between the first part of the year with a full squad and now where players aren’t here, for various reasons. As well as adding new players to the mix. It’s an entirely different flow and we have to relearn how to play with each other effectively. And that’ll come with time. We all have to come ready to practice to work and develop as a team. I am confident that we can achieve that.”

Corn, another second year player, gave his thoughts on what needs to be improved for next game, “Playing more for each other as brothers, not teammates. We need to execute our offense to perfection heading into our next game.”