The Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team was at one point, facing a 18-point deficit with 16 minutes remaining in the game, but managed to find a way to come out with an 18-point victory over conference foe Clark State Community College (95-77).
In the last 16 minutes, LCCC outscored CSCC by 36 points.
“We got a lot of heart,” said Commodores’ guard Montez Day after the win. “We’re not gonna let anybody come in our house and think that they can beat us. We’re going to come out there every night and show them that we are the best in this league.”
LCCC extends their record to 17-2 and are on a five-game winning streak after losing two straight games after Christmas Break and CSCC is (6-9). In conference play of the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference), the Commodores are 7-1 and their only loss is to Cuyahoga Community College, the No. 1 ranked team in Division II.
In the first half of the game against CSCC, the Commodores shot 1-of-11 from the 3-point line. The first three LCCC made in the game and the only one in the first half was made by guard Justis Craig with 22 seconds remaining before the Commodores went into halftime down 36-30.
“We started off not being aggressive on either end of the floor,” head coach of the LCCC men’s basketball team Marty Eggleston said after the game. “We were just going through the motions. And so you can’t just do that. You have to play the way that you’ve been trained to play and do the things you have been trained to do at the end of the door, because every single team in our conference is capable of beating teams.”
LCCC, in the NJCAA’s recent Division III rankings, have been on the outside looking in as a top 10 team in recent polls. Day believes the Commodores are top 10 worthy. He “always” uses it as motivation.
“It’s great for these guys because they deserve it,” said coach Eggleston about his team. “They really deserve it, because they leave the blood sweat and tears on the court so as a group, as a team, it means the world to these guys and I want them to relish that.”
LCCC’s forward Zach Swain did not play a minute in the first half, but played 12-of-20 minutes in the second half. In that time, he scored 15 points, and seven rebounds (55 percent from the field). He led the team in scoring.
Swain was one-of-three Commodores to score double-digit points in the second half. Luis Santiago and Day each scored 10 points to help them pull out the win.
“In the first half, we were just trying to rushing our shots. We weren’t shooting them to make them,” Day said. “In the second half we got into a rhythm, got into the hole a couple of times, got our rhythm. Then, we just started to let them fly.”
The Commodores shot 46.7 percent from the 3-point line (7-of-15) in the second half compared to the nine percent in the first. They also made 73 percent of their free-throws.