Fans of the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team left disappointed after the Commodores failed to sweep the Jamestown Community College’s Jayhawks on Jan. 3. The Jamestown men’s basketball team ran away with the victory, 89-62 against the Commodores, marking their third loss in their last four games.
LCCC was in trouble right from the start of the game, when the team went cold from the field. The Commodores only scored three points in the first five minutes, one on a free-throw from Christian Santiago and a field goal on a layup from Mike Rell. Jamestown scored 10 points in the first five minutes.
Missing the mark LCCC shot 32.9 percent from the field, 21 percent from the 3-point line, and 55 percent from the free-throw line.
“They (Jamestown) attempted to lock us down on defense,” said LCCC head coach Marty Eggleston. “They were in our grill, they were very decisive on defense and that is how you win. Every single guy was playing on the same level defensively and that is what we need to continue to do. We need to get back to that,” Eggleston said.
“It messes with your mind a little bit,” said T.J. Steele, an LCCC player of being hit while driving to the basket, “because next time you don’t want to drive if they (officials) aren’t going call the foul. But coach Eggleston told me to play through it.” Steele finish the game with 16 points, four rebounds, and one assist.
Chris Theodus and Jarred Schultz each received technical fouls throughout the game. Santiago finished with eight points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Jake Schultz came off the bench with nine points and seven rebounds. Seven of Jake Schultz’s nine points came in the last minute of the game.
LCCC 96-89 won the previous contest against Jamestown on Nov. 30, courtesy of Steele’s 40 point performance. In that game, Steele made six out ten 3-point shots while shooting over 71.4 percent from the field.
“They (Jamestown) played harder against me because I scored 40 on them last time, so they wanted to stop me,” said Steele.
This time, the Jayhawks were physical with Steele in the lane and did not allow him take easy shots.
The men’s next home game is set for Jan. 25 at 7:30p.m, when the Commodores will host Cuyahoga Community College.