Men’s Basketball Team falls to Schoolcraft 82-61
The LCCC Men’s Basketball team took on Schoolcraft College on Nov. 8 and from the start of it it looked as if the game was in favor of the Commodores. Ouddi Hamdan displayed terrific ball handling to start, showing off a crossover that made the defender look silly, and he finished the play with a layup. It got the crowd off their feet and the building soon became electric. The tempo soon slowed down, as well as the defense from LCCC. They gave up many costly baskets, along with a couple unforced turnovers on the offensive end.
Kwevon Corn ignited the spark that brought LCCC back into the game, shooting well from the field, as well as playing terrific on the defensive end. Matt Wysocki was the energy that the Commodores needed coming off the bench. Wysocki showed tremendous hustle, diving for loose balls, playing defense and scoring a few baskets. The team finished the half strong and went into the half down, 35-32.
The second half started off rather well for the Commodores. They got back defensively and made it a highly contested game. Wysocki once again provided tremendous hustle off the bench. However, the game would go downhill from there. LCCC started to play extremely sloppy, giving up many turnovers. On the defensive end they collapsed letting Schoolcraft score at will. On the offensive end they lost its flow. The Commodores struggled to put the ball in the basket and at times looked sluggish. They had very little communication which attributed to the many mistakes they made on offense and on defense. All in all, they fell apart. And despite a lack spark from Hamdan and Zach Swain, the Commodores went down, 82-61.
After the game, Brandon Rodriguez gave his thoughts on the tough loss, “We didn’t execute. We didn’t come out strong like I know we could and should have. We played as if we already won the game. I feel we gave up once it hit double digits. And we didn’t come out with the same intensity in the second half as we did in the first half.” The next Commodore home game is on Nov.17 at 7:00 p.m. against Notre Dame JV.