A 21-5 run the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team put on Edison State Community College Chargers help catapult the Commodores to a 21-point lead with 13:20 left in the game. With 3:16 left, the Chargers made it a 1-point game, but the Commodores were able to pull out a win 84-81.
The 21-5 run started with 1:13 left in the first half, scoring five points before going into the halftime with a 42-31 lead for the Commodores.
“Edison [State] is a dangerous team,” said Marty Eggleston, head coach of the men’s basketball team. “They rely very heavily on their outside shooting. They have some very good shooters on that team and a team like that runs hot, or cold. If their hot, you got a problem if you don’t rebound. You know, because their misses become follow-ups and things of that nature. If they’re cold and you take advantage and rebound the ball, you can be in good shape.”
For the Chargers in the first half, Jacob Rogan scored 13 points, which is almost half of their point output. In 2:19, he scored nine points to help make the Edison State (15-8) in the first half. He hit 2-of-3 3-pointers in that stretch. Rogan would not score another point in the second half.
LCCC (20-4), in the first possession of the of the second half with a dunk by Deric Nichols; making the home crowd erupt.
“[Setting the tone] is the hope, coach Eggleston said about the dunk by Nichols. “The hope is that would set the tone and that all we need is a little run.”
After LCCC had a 21-point lead, the Chargers started to inch their way back into the game, courtesy of Hadith Tiggs with 14 points, Romello Yaqub with 11 points and Darryl Robinson with 13 points they scored in the second half.
Chargers’ Tiggs had 12 points in 3:31 to help them go on a 14-2 run to cut into the Commodore lead and made it a 1-point game with 3:16 left in the game.
“That kid is a go-getter,” coach Egglston said about Tiggs. “He can just flat out play. I like that kid a lot and I like watching him play and I like our team to play against him. He is a quality kind of player. He doesn’t say much. He just gets out there and does his job… He is the type of player that a coach would love to have on a team.”
Tiggs, the last time these teams matched up scored 21 points and seven rebounds while shooting 71 percent from the field.
With over 10 minutes left in the game, the Chargers were in the bonus. LCCC committed 26 fouls in the game, 19 in the second half. Edison State shot 21 free-throws, but made 13 as they shot about 62 percent from the line. The Commodores average over 20 personal fouls per game, but because of LCCC’s fast pace of play. It is the “price of doing business,” according to coach Eggleston.
“It’s apart of the game,” he said. “It shows that they are playing aggressive. You have to find a way to limit the fouls.”
In the next scoring possession was done by Kevin Kelley as he made an and-1 3-point shot and convert the free-throw to make the lead from one point to five points.
“It was a great play,” coach Eggleston said about Kelley’s 4-point play. “It was a great shot that Kevin [Kelley] can make … I can trust Kevin [Kelley] to make and take shots like that.”
Jovon Jones in the first half played five minutes before injuring his ankle. The training staff taped him up on the bench and played two minutes in the second half before going to the bench for the rest of the game. According to coach Eggleston, he is “fine.”
“I think we are in good position. Our next goal is to just finish this season strong and get past Columbus State,” coach Eggleston said.
The Commodores next home game is against Sinclair Community College, which will be Sophomore Night for the men’s basketball team.