The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team has a score to settle after losing two straight to Owens Community College and to Cincinnati State.
Fortunately, they were able to stay on track beating Lakeland Community College at home 92-88. The Commodores are now 15-9 and the Lakers are 6-14.
Commodores’ Jarred Schultz played a pivotal role in the win, leading the team in points, (24) rebounds (9) and blocks (2). 14 of his points came in the second half, two of which was a dunk near the end of regulation boosting the Commodores up by four with two seconds remaining.
“I was proud of his effort,” said Commodore’s head coach Marty Eggleston. “Schultz plays at both ends of the floor and you can’t be mad at that.” Schultz shot 64 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. However, Schultz did not play early in the second half, because he was in foul trouble, according to Eggleston.
Early in the first half, Commodores’ starter T.J. Munn was seen talking at the Lakers’ players on the court and bench. Munn was given a technical foul and was not seen in the game again. Munn was spotted later in the stands wearing regular clothes watching the Commodores playing. When asked about it to Eggleston, he said that Munn was “tired.”
The Lakers were in desperate times and late in the game they needed to make something happen, resulting in an attempt to full-court press the Commodores. However, LCCC were able to avoid it and used the opportunity to score. “We practice our press breaker every day,” said Eggleston. “I was proud of our guys of doing a great job there.”
The Commodores had over 23 assist. LCCC’s record is 5-1 when they have 20 or more assists. T.J. Steele led the team with six assists and Christian Santiago had five.
Players who contributed in the scoring department for the Commodores were Mike Rell, (13 points) Steele, (11 points) and Kevin Kelley with 17 points. Compared to the Lakers, LCCC outscored them by 45 points when it comes to bench production.
The team as a whole shot 50.7 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range, and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line
Hocking College is their next opponent in LCCC’s final home game Feb. 25 at 3:00 p.m.