In the first week of the 2018 basketball season, the Lorain County Community College men’s and women’s basketball team each had one player win the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) Player of the Week.
Commodores freshman guard Hannah Oehlstrom for the women’s team and Daniel Lott for the men’s team were the players selected for the Division III award.
Oehlstrom averaged 18.5 points per game and averaged two steals in the two-game span; concluding the week by scoring 26 points against Ohio University Chillicothe. She shot 50 percent from the field and snatched eight rebound. This is the first time the former 2016-17 All-Lorain County Second Team was awarded player of the week by the OCCAC. This was also her first week as a Commodore.
“She has really started off the season off hot,” said head coach of the LCCC women’s basketball team Vince Granito said in a email interview about Oehlstrom. I think we have put her into a position to succeed, because we are giving her, as well as we do with all our players, the opportunity to score.”
Commodores’ sophomore forward Lott, like Oehlstrom received his first OCCAC Player of the Week honors with a strong performance against the Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce, scoring 23 points and eight rebounds; sparking the team as he came off the bench in the strong second half the Commodores had in a 95-83 win after having a tie-game going into halftime. He was one of four players on the team scoring double-digit points.
“Dan (Lott) came out to play against CCAC Boyce,” head coach of the LCCC men’s basketball team Marty Eggleston said in a email interview. “He played with the type of passion and concentration needed at this level. We were led by his desire to win. The rest of the team followed his lead!”
Lott was a former player of Cuyahoga Community College. He averaged 2.1 minutes per game and 2.2 points per game as a freshman.
Lott was then promoted to the starting lineup in the next two games at the Westmoreland County Community College Tip-Off Tournament. LCCC played two games and won both of them against Anne Arundel Community College (91-63) and Lehigh Community College (101-69).
The LCCC men’s team started the season 3-0 after losing their star players of last year’s Regional Championship team T.J. Steele (Region XII District II Player of the Year) and Jared Schultz (All-Njcaa Division III Region XII District Team). Luckily, they have returning players Mike Rell, Deric Nichols, Kevin Kelley and Jake Schultz.
“”We build each year independently,” coach Eggleston said in the email interview. “Each of or players have the potential to have a great night, each time we go out. We play for each other, not for ourselves.”
The LCCC women’s team are currently 3-2 after losing Madi Bonner, their best player last year and 2016-17 All-Conference Honorable Mention. They were able to have four returning Commodores from the team last year’s 3-27 team.