Men’s LCCC Basketball take home opener 84-78

Cody Grossman

Staff Writer 

The LCCC Men’s Basketball team tipped off at home against Pitt Titusville on Nov. 6. They started the game with loads of energy, going after every loose ball and playing great defense. Shooting well for the Commodores early was Zach Swain. Titusville kept leaving him open, and he kept making them pay. Returning player Kevin Jenkins also played well in the first half. He scored at will and displayed smart and effective defense. It was a closely contested first half, both teams going back to back and trading baskets. Matt Wysocki also had an impressive start for the Commodores. He cleaned the glass for the Commodores and made several second chance opportunities. Returning player Ouddi Hamdan displayed great ball handling along with smart play throughout the first half. Hamdan limited the turnovers for the Commodores and made very few mistakes. The first half was a close one, the score at the end of the half was a tie, 34-34.

The second half started off slow for both teams. It did pick up for the Commodores rather quickly however. They went on a run and gained a double digit lead. Titusville however, responded with a run of their own, and tied the game back up. From that point on this game was a nailbiter. Wysocki showed tremendous hustle, diving for every loose ball and causing many turnovers for Titusville. Matthew Watkins gave the Commodores a small cushion with a couple clutch free throws late in the game. Wysocki did much of the same, both players seemed comfortable at the free throw line. Jenkins sealed the game for the Commodores with a layup, putting LCCC up by six points. The final score of the game was, 84-78.

After the game, Coach Marty Eggleston had this to say about the win, “Everybody loves to see a win. I’m proud of my guys, and I’m happy for them too.” Wysocki also gave his thoughts on the game, “We played above average. We could’ve played harder. But we came out strong, and I hope we do the same on Sunday.” The Commodores play at home Sunday, against Schoolcraft.