ATHLETICS

 
No. 13 Lakeland Rallies for Sixth Straight Win

HIGHLAND HILLS, Ohio (January 28, 2015) – Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) and Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) combined for 53 points and the nationally-ranked Lakeland men outscored host Cuyahoga 64-50 in the second half for a 99-95 comeback victory Wednesday night.  The Lakers, winners of six straight, improve to 15-5 overall and 6-0 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) entering Saturday's showdown at Columbus State at 3 p.m.

Davis scored a career-high 31 on the same day the sophomore guard was named NJCAA Division II player of the week.  He finished eight of 20 from the floor including a pair from beyond the arc and is averaging 28 points per game over his last three.

Goodwin added 22 points including a late free throw with less than five seconds remaining to put the game away.  The victory was Lakeland's sixth straight over its crosstown rival Cuyahoga dating back to the 2012-13 season.

Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) added 18 points while Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.  Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.

The Lakers are currently sixth in the nation in scoring average at 89.6 points per game.  They are averaging a conference-best 102.7 points per game in league play this season and have six players averaging double figures in OCCAC contests.

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Davis Named NJCAA DII Player of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 28, 2015) – One day after receiving Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) honors, sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) has been selected as the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week.  Davis averaged 26 points per game in a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams last week to help the Lakers (14-5, 5-0 OCCAC) remain unbeaten and in first place in the conference. 

Davis is the first Laker to earn DII player of the week since Brendan Cooper (Parma, Ohio / Parma) on November 23, 2011.  

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 Mike Davis
Davis Earns Second Conference Player of the Week Award

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 27, 2015) – Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) earned Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after guiding the Lakers to a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams last week. 

Davis averaged 26 points per game while leading his team to wins over No. 18 Owens Community College and No. 12 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College last week. He finished a combined 18-for-33 from the field, including a 6-for-13 finish from 3-point range. He was also 10-for-12 from the foul line while averaging 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Against Cincinnati State, Davis had a career-high 30 points in a 97-82 win. Against Owens, he had 22 points.

Lakeland is 14-5 overall and 5-0 in OCCAC play. Davis is averaging 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game.

Release courtesy of Nicholas Huenefeld, OCCAC Sports Information.

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Davis Pours in 30, No. 20 Lakeland Upsets No. 12 Cincinnati State

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 24, 2015) – Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points, Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) added a double-double, and the No. 20 Lakeland men's basketball team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the second straight game with Saturday's 97-82 victory over Cincinnati State.  The Lakers improve to 14-5 overall and 5-0 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) with their fifth straight victory.

Days after defeating No. 18 Owens, Lakeland jumped out to a decisive 53-31 lead through the first 20 minutes and never looked back against the visiting Surge.  Davis finished 11 of 18 from the floor and four of seven from beyond the arc while Wilson posted 21 points and a game-high 10 rebounds including seven on the offensive end. 

Montell Goodwin (Warresnville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) added 14 points, four steals, and four assists in 33 minutes while sophomore Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) chipped in 13 points and eight boards for the Lakers.

Lakeland hits the road on Wednesday (Jan. 28) for another pivotal conference game when it takes on local rival Cuyahoga (13-5, 4-1) at 7 p.m.

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No. 20 Lakeland Relies on Balance to Run Past No. 18 Owens

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 21, 2015) –  Seven players scored in double figures including all five starters as No. 20 Lakeland toppled the century mark for the third straight game and defeated No. 18 Owens, 103-95, in a matchup of nationally-ranked conference teams Wednesday night.  The Lakers (13-5, 4-0) are the lone remaining unbeaten in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play while the Express (15-5, 3-1) slip into a tie for second place just one game back. 

Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) led the way with a team-high 22 points while Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) and Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) posted double-doubles for the Lakers.  Evans finished with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Wilson added 14 and 10 to help Lakeland to its fourth straight win in league play.

Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) and Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) chipped in 17 and 13 points, respectively, in the victory. 

Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) added ten points and connected on a pair of second half 3-pointers while classmate Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) also finished in double figures with ten points.

The two sides entered the half deadlocked at 46 and continued to go back-and-forth throughout the second half.  A pair of Davis free throws followed by a fast break dunk by Evans gave the Lakers a ten point lead (83-73) with six minutes to go in the game and provided some breathing room for the hosts.

Scott effectively put the game away with a pair of free throws with 1:28 to go to give Lakeland its largest lead of the game at 99-83. 

John Murry led the Express with a team-high 26 points while Kenny Jones finished with a double-double behind 24 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.  Owens' second-leading scorer, Shaakir Lindsey, was held to just one point on 0-of-4 shooting despite entering the game averaging 16.9 points per game. 

The Lakers welcome their second straight nationally-ranked opponent to the Athletic & Fitness Center when they host Cincinnati State (15-4, 2-1) on Saturday (Jan. 24) at 3 p.m. 

Link >> Game Notes | Box Score

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 OCCAC Player of the Week
Scott Earns Conference Player of the Week Honors

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 20, 2015) - Chris Scott and Jonessa Moore have been named the OCCAC player of the week selections for the week of Jan. 12-18 in men's and women's basketball, respectively.

Scott, a freshman forward, had career-highs in points (30) and rebounds (14) in a 107-91 win over Lorain County. He followed that up with 18 points and eight rebounds in a 117-86 win over Sinclair.

Scott is averaging 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Lakeland (12-5 overall, 3-0 OCCAC). They will host Owens Community College on Wednesday in a battle of the league's only two 3-0 teams so far.

The award is the second for a Lakeland men's basketball player this season after Mike Davis was selected on November 26.

Link >> Full Release

Release courtesy of Nicholas Huenfeld, OCCAC Sports Information

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Lakers Run Past Sinclair to Stay Perfect in Conference Play

KIRTLAND, Ohio (January 17, 2015) – Six players scored in double figures as the Lakeland men's basketball team erupted for a season-high 117 points and eclipsed the century mark for the second time in as many games to defeat visiting Sinclair 117-86 on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play with the victory.

Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield) led the Lakers with 19 points while Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) and Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) added 18 apiece with 22 and 24 minutes, respectively.

Freshman Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) chipped in 16 points in just 18 minutes while classmate Derrick Pulley (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Cleveland Heights) was a perfect four of four from the floor en route to 13 points. 

Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) dished out six assists and finished with six steals for Lakeland.

The win sets up a pivotal showdown with Owens on Wednesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The Lakers and Express will enter the game as the final two unbeaten teams in the OCCAC after No. 3 Cincinnati State fell to Cuyahoga on Saturday.

Link >> Box Score

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Offense Erupts in Victory Over Lorain County

ELYRIA, Ohio (January 14, 2015) – The Lakeland men's basketball team poured in a season-high 107 points, led by a career-best 30 from freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia), to cruise past host Lorain County 107-91 on Wednesday night.  The Lakers placed six players in double figures including all five starters to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play. 

Scott finished with a double-double after connecting on 10 of 18 attempts from the floor and hauling in a career-high 14 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) added a career-high 20 points on nine of 13 shooting.

Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) and Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) chipped 15 points apiece while Derrick Pulley (Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Cleveland Heights) and Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) added 11 and 10, respectively.  

The Lakers are one of four remaining unbeaten teams in league play along with No. 3 Cincinnati State, Columbus State, and Owens. 

Lakeland hosts Sinclair on Saturday (Jan. 17) for its first OCCAC home game of the season at 3 p.m.

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Wilson's Big Day Fuels Men in OCCAC Opener

PIQUA, Ohio (January 10, 2015) – Freshman Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) scored 21 points and hauled in 18 rebounds to power the Lakeland men's basketball team a 93-73 victory at Edison in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) opener for both sides Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers placed four players in double figures, led by Montell Goodwin's (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) 22 points, to extend their winning streak against the Chargers to 11 games.  Lakeland's last loss to Edison came on February 14, 2009.

Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) added 20 points on seven of 14 shooting to go along with nine rebounds in the victory.  Sophomore Rasheed Howard chipped in 13 points and seven boards as Lakeland (10-5, 1-0 OCCAC) jumped out to a 54-37 halftime lead and never looked back.

Lakeland stays on the road Wednesday (Jan. 14) when it takes on local rival Lorain County at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Sinclair on Saturday (Jan. 17) for its first conference home game of the season.

Link >> Box Score

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Scott's Career Day Propels Lakeland Past No. 20 Danville

DANVILLE, Ill. (December 18, 2014) – Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) set career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lakeland men's basketball team past nationally-ranked Danville on Thursday night.  The Lakers improve to 8-3 overall and 2-2 against nationally-ranked opponents with the victory. 

Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) added 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) chipped in 11 points and five boards. 

The Lakers shot 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc while the Jaguars struggled from distance and finished six of 19.  Lakeland is back in action on Friday when it takes on Midwest Elite Prep Academy at 5 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

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 Ahmid Williams
Ahmid Williams finished six of eight from the floor and connected on four of six attempts from beyond the arc against Jamestown.
Lakers Run Past Jamestown 98-85

KIRTLAND, Ohio (December 16, 2014) – Five players scored in double figures as the Lakeland men's basketball team set a season-high in points in a 98-85 victory over visiting Jamestown on Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.

The Lakers led wire-to-wire and shot 51% from the floor to improve to 7-3 overall with the win.  Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) led all scorers with 26 points on seven of 14 shooting.  Freshman Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) added 18 points while sophomore guard Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) provided a spark off the bench with 16 points on four of six shooting from beyond the arc.

Forwards Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) and Kenneth Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Lakeland raced out to a 28-12 lead through the opening nine minutes before Jamestown cut the deficit to five in the closing seconds of the opening half.  Williams' buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the Lakers an eight point cushion at the break.

Lakeland's advantage ballooned to 19 (83-64) midway through the second half on a pair of Muhammed Alli (Edison, N.J.) free throws.

The Lakers held Ohndo Smith, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer, to just 11 points on five of 12 shooting.  Smith was averaging an NJCAA Division II-best 29.5 points per game entering Tuesday's contest.

Chris Van Buren led Jamestown with 29 points on nine of 15 shooting.

Link >> Box Score

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Upset Bid Falls Short at No. 7 Mott

FLINT, Mich. (December 13, 2014) – Nationally-ranked Mott built an 11-point halftime lead and held off a second half rally to defeat visiting Lakeland, 82-75, on Saturday afternoon.  The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Lakers, who fall to 6-3 on the season and will host Jamestown on Tuesday (Dec. 16) at 7:30 p.m. in the final home game of the fall semester.

Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) led the way offensively with a team-high 21 points on six of 14 shooting.  The freshman guard added five assists while sophomore guard Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) chipped in 12 points off the bench in the loss.

Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) and sophomore forward Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) contributed 10 points apiece as the Lakers' upset bid fell just short.

Lakeland hosts the Jayhawks on Tuesday before embarking on a three-game road trip to close out the semester.

Link >> Box Score

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Men Cruise Past St. Clair County for Third Straight Win

PORT HURON, Mich. (December 12, 2014) – Five players scored in double figures as the Lakeland men's basketball team shot 51% from the floor en route to a 92-67 victory over host St. Clair County on Friday night.  Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) poured in a team-high 15 points while guards Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) and Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) added 14 apiece.

Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) and Archie Patrick (Cleveland, Ohio / John Adams) added 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench to help Lakeland improve to 6-2 overall and win its third consecutive game.

The Lakers travel to Flint, Michigan on Saturday to take on nationally-ranked Mott at 3 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

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 Montell Goodwin

Montell Goodwin (right) led all scorers with 22 points against Mercyhurst North East.
 
Men Run Past Mercyhurst North East 91-73

NORTH EAST, Pa. (December 6, 2014) – Visiting Lakeland raced out to a 10-0 start and never looked back, avenging last week's loss to Mercyhurst North East with a convincing 91-73 victory on the road Saturday afternoon.  Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) led all scorers with 22 points on eight of 13 shooting.

Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end, while sophomore forward Kenneth Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) added 13 points and seven boards off the bench.

The Lakers' lead ballooned to 20 with four minutes to go in the first half, but a late Saints run closed the gap to 13 (44-31) entering the halftime break. 

The hosts threatened to pull even in the second half after a Johnell Free 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to just six (65-59) with eight minutes to go.  Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) and Goodwin each made two free throws to extend the lead back to double digits before back-to-back Ken Evans layups provided some breathing room.

Ahmid Wiliams (Monroe, N.J.) provided a spark off the bench with nine points and a career-high eight rebounds as Lakeland improved to 5-2 on the season with its second straight win.  The Lakers take the week off for finals before returning to the court on Friday (Dec. 12) at St. Clair County beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

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 Rasheed Howard
Rasheed Howard (left) finished with 11 points and six rebounds in his first start of the season.

Balance Guides Lakeland Past Niagara County

KIRTLAND, Ohio (December 2, 2014) – Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) led five players in double figures with 25 points as the Lakeland men's basketball team ended a two game skid with an 85-70 victory over visiting Niagara County on Tuesday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.

Davis connected on nine of 13 attempts from the floor and added six assists and five steals to help Lakeland improve to 4-2 on the season.  Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) and Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) combined for 23 points and 13 while freshman guard Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) chipped in 13 points and six boards in the win.

Freshman guard Archie Patrick (Cleveland, Ohio / John Adams) provided a spark off the bench with a career-high 10 points, helping Lakeland snap a four-game losing streak against Niagara County (6-3) dating back to the 2012 season.

The Lakers led by 21 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the second half before the Thunderwolves used a 12-4 run to make it 65-52.  The visitors would chip away at the deficit and pull within seven (75-68) with three minutes to go before back-to-back layups from Howard and Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) provided Lakeland with some breathing room. 

Goodwin connected on a pair of late free throws to ensure Lakeland would enter this weekend's rematch with Mercyhurst North East with a victory.  The Saints defeated the Lakers, 72-67, exactly one week ago.  The two teams meet for the second and final time this season on Saturday (Dec. 6) at 3 p.m.

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KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 25, 2014) – Visiting Mercyhurst North East erased a six-point halftime deficit and rallied for a 72-67 victory over host Lakeland in non-conference men's basketball action on Tuesday night. 

Sophomore Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) led all scorers with 27 points to go along with six rebounds while freshman guard Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) added 12 points and six boards in the setback.

Justin Dobbs paced Mercyhurst North East with a team-high 21 points on nine of 21 shooting while Brandon Wilkins posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers (3-2) return to the court in exactly one week when they host Niagara County Community College on Tuesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Links >>  Game Notes  |  Box Score
 
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Davis Garners Conference Player of the Week Honors

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 26, 2014) - Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) has been selected as the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Week for the week ending November 23, 2014 after scoring a team-high 25 points at No. 2 Oakland on Saturday.

Davis connected on nine of 16 attempts from the floor including three of six from beyond the arc.  He was a perfect six of six from the charity stripe to go along with seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 32 minutes of action.  The Lakers went on the road and fell to the nation's second ranked team, 88-74, to suffer their first loss of the young season. 

The award marks the first Player of the Week selection for the Northern Illinois University transfer and first for a Lakeland student-athlete this season.

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Mike Davis posted a team-high 25 points against No. 2 Oakland on Saturday afternoon.

Lakers Suffer First Loss at No. 2 Oakland

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 15, 2014) – The Lakeland men's basketball team took a 38-36 lead into the halftime break but were outscored 52-36 over the final 20 minutes of play en route to an 88-74 loss to the nation's second ranked team, Oakland, on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers (3-1) return home on Tuesday (Nov. 25) when they play host to Mercyhurst North East at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore guard Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) posted a team-high 25 points to go along with seven rebounds in his first start of the season while classmate Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) added 15 including a trio of 3-pointers. 

Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) flirted with a double-double, finishing with 10 points and eight boards in the setback. 

Box Score

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 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic Champions
Lakeland won the TJ Memorial Classic title for the fifth time in the tournament's seven-year history.
 
Men Down Erie, Capture TJ Memorial Classic Championship

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 15, 2014) – Tournament MVP Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) scored a career-high 24 points to help the Lakeland men's basketball team defeat visiting Erie, 89-82, and repeat as TJ Memorial Classic champions on Saturday afternoon.  In a rematch of last year's title game, Lakeland (3-0) led the entire way and was up by as many as 23 points in the second half before withstanding a late Erie run to secure the win. 

Goodwin also dished out a game-high five assists while all-tournament team selections Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) and Louis Cheers (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) added 15 and 10 points, respectively.  Williams finished four of five from beyond the arc and was a perfect 3-for-3 in the first half as Lakeland built a 50-36 lead after the first 20 minutes of play.

The Lakers largest lead of the game would come in the second half after a pair of free throws by Louis Cheers made it 68-45 with 13 minutes to go.  Andre Diggs connected from deep to pull the visitors within six (88-82) with under 30 seconds to play, but Williams was able to put the game away with a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession.

Sophomore Mike Davis (Cleveland, Ohio / Garfield Heights) added 22 points and four assists off the bench in his first game of the season for LCC.

The win gives Lakeland the title for the fifth time in the seven year history of the TJ Memorial Classic.  The Lakers are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Batavia, New York to take on Genesee at 7:30 p.m.

All-Tournament Team
Montell Goodwin (MVP), Lakeland
Ahmid Williams, Lakeland
Louis Cheers, Lakeland
Dashawn King, Erie
Joshua McKenzie, Erie
William Abbott, Oakland
Claude Lewis III, Henry Ford

Links >> Tournament Program | Box Score

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 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic
 
Lakeland Hosts 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic

KIRTLAND, Ohio - On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 Lakeland will host the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  The tournament features two days of competition between NJCAA programs from Ohio, Michigan, and New York and has been a fixture on campus since 2008.  

Link>> Tournament Program

Friday, November 14

2:00 PMWomenMacomb def. Erie, 80-51
4:00 PMMenErie def. (2)Oakland, 106-105 (2 OT)
6:00 PMWomenLakeland def. Henry Ford, 74-62
8:00 PMMenLakeland  adv. vs. Henry Ford (no game)

Saturday, November 15

10:00 AMHenry Ford def. Erie (Women's Consolation Game), 69-46
12:00 PM(2)Oakland def. Henry Ford (Men's Consolation Game), 65-49
2:00 PMLakeland def. (20)Macomb (Women's Championship Game)54-37
4:00 PMLakeland def. Erie (Men's Championship Game)89-82
 
Women's All-Tournament Team
Nicole Upshaw, MVP
Keesha Henderson, Lakeland
Alana Stokes, Lakeland
De'Asia Clark, Macomb
Sydney Morgan, Macomb
Keyanna Austin, Henry Ford
Hannah Hodges, Erie
 
Men's All-Tournament Team
Montell Goodwin (MVP), Lakeland
Ahmid Williams, Lakeland
Louis Cheers, Lakeland
Dashawn King, Erie
Joshua McKenzie, Erie
William Abbott, Oakland
Claude Lewis III, Henry Ford
 
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Lakers Run Past No. 12 Lansing 88-75

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 7, 2014) – The Lakeland men's basketball team raced out to a commanding 52-23 lead at the half against nationally-ranked Lansing and held on for an 88-75 victory on Friday night inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.  It was a tale of two halves for the Lakers (2-0), who held the Stars (1-1) to 22% shooting in the opening half but allowed the visitors to connect on 58% of their attempts over the final 20 minutes.

Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) posted his second double-double in as many games, finishing with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.  The freshman forward had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half alone.

Sophmore guard Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) led all scorers with a season-high 19 points to go along with a season-high six steals.  Classmate Ken Evans (Cleveland, Ohio / Collinwood) and freshman Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) added 10 points apiece in the victory.

Tracy Edmond paced Lansing with 14 points, all of which came in the second half after being held scoreless through the first 20 minutes. 

Lakeland improved to 19-4 against schools from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) dating back to the 2005-06 season and won its 11th straight against opposition from the Wolverine State. 

The Lakers return to action on Friday at 8 p.m. when they host Henry Ford in the opening round of the 7th Annual TJ Memorial Classic on campus.  A victory will move LCC into the championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m. against the winner of No. 2 Oakland and Erie.

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

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Wilson Helps Men Win 12th Straight Home Opener

KIRTLAND, Ohio (November 4, 2014) – Freshman Cristen Wilson (Cleveland, Ohio / John Hay) led five starters in double figures with 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds as the Lakeland men's basketball team improved to 12-0 in home openers under head coach Terry Bowe with a 98-70 victory over Genesee on Tuesday night.  Freshman forward Chris Scott (Cleveland, Ohio / Nordonia) added 17 points and seven rebounds while sophomore guard Ahmid Williams (Monroe, N.J.) chipped in 16 points and a career-high seven assists in the win.

Sophomore forward Louis Cheers (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) and freshman guard Montell Goodwin (Warrensville Heights, Ohio / Warrensville Heights) added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Lakeland held a considerable 62-36 advantage on the glass and hauled in 27 offensive rebounds on the night.  The Lakers took a 38-23 lead into the half after holding the Cougars to 25% shooting through the opening 20 minutes of play.  The hosts shot 52% from the floor and 50% from beyond the arc to outscore the visitors 60-47 the second half.  Genesee made just 12 attempts from the field over the final 20 minutes and saw nearly half their point total (21) come from the free throw line.

The Lakers return to action on Friday when they play host to No. 12 Lansing at 7:30 p.m. in a matchup of nationally-ranked teams.  Lakeland received votes in the initial NJCAA Division II national poll which was released last week.

Links >> Game Notes  |  Box Score

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Lakers Receive Votes in Initial NJCAA National Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 28, 2014) – The Lakeland Community College men's basketball team received votes in the first NJCAA Division II poll released today by the national office, narrowly  missing out on a preseason top-20 ranking for the third consecutive year.  The Lakers entered the 2012-13 season as the nation's tenth-ranked team and were preseason No. 17 one year ago.

Lakeland returns five players from a year ago including a trio of starters as they look to return to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament after a two year hiatus. 

The Lakers open the 2014-15 season in exactly one week when they host Genesee Community College at 7:30 p.m. inside the Athletic & Fitness Center.

Link >> Complete Poll

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Former Laker Cooper Embarks on Professional Career in Canada

MONO, Ontario (August 23, 2014) – Former Lakeland Community College All-American Brendan Cooper was selected fourth overall in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) draft on Saturday night by the Island Storm before being traded to the Halifax Rainmen on draft night.  After a decorated collegiate career at Lakeland and Fairmont State University (NCAA Division II), Cooper will embark on a professional career in the NBL Canada beginning in early November. 

Cooper was a dynamic all-around player for the Lakers, earning Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Newcomer of the Year honors as a freshman.  As a sophomore, Cooper guided the Lakers to a District Championship and NJCAA Division II Final Four appearance en route to First Team All-OCCAC and First Team All-America accolades.  The Parma, Ohio native helped propel the Lakeland men's basketball team to its most successful season in program history in 2012, which saw the Lakers go 27-9 and finished the season ranked fourth in the nation.  

After Lakeland, Cooper attended Fairmont State where he was a two-year starter.  As a junior, he earned Second Team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) honors for the Fighting Falcons.  In his final collegiate season, Cooper garnered Second Team All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) accolades after averaging 14.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.  

Cooper's professional career will begin on Friday, November 7 when the Rainmen take on the Moncton Miracles at the Moncton Coliseum at 7 p.m. 

About the National Basketball League of Canada: The National Basketball League of Canada was founded in 2011 and is Canada's only professional basketball league. There are currently eight teams in two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBL-C is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world, and provides Canadians, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBL-C is dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

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 Rasheed Howard & Marcus Fleming
Fleming, Howard Garner All-Conference Honors

KIRTLAND, Ohio (March 7, 2014) - Sophomore guard Marcus Fleming (Linden, N.J.) and freshman forward Rasheed Howard (Elizabeth, N.J.) were each selected all-conference by opposing coaches in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).  Fleming garnered first team honors while Howard earned a second team selection.

Fleming averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game during conference play, leading the Lakers in three of the four categories.  He reached double figures in scoring in all but two OCCAC games and finished first in the conference in total steals with 36 in 12 games.

Howard averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game during conference play and reached double figures in scoring in all but two OCCAC games.  In his first collegiate season, the freshman was fifth in the conference in made free throws and sixth in blocks with 14. 

The duo played and started in all 12 OCCAC games, helping the Lakers go 6-6 in the conference en route to a fourth place finish.

Click here for the complete list of the 2013-14 All-OCCAC selections.

Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?

Class of 2013:

  • Deran Banton - Rogers State University (NCAA Division II) Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Isiah Boddie - Lourdes University (NAIA Division II) Sylvania, Ohio
  • Martell Medley - Mount Vernon Nazarene University (NAIA Division II) Mount Vernon, Ohio
  • Charles Oliver - Robert Morris University (NCAA Division I) Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chaz Rollins - Grand Valley State University (NCAA Division II) Allendale, Mich.
  • Daishon Robinson - Berea College (NAIA Division II) Berea, Kentucky
  • Richard Smith - California University of Pennsylvania (NCAA Division II)

Class of 2012:

  • Brendan Cooper - Fairmont State University (NCAA Division II) Fairmont, West Virginia

Class of 2011:

  • Nate Barnes - Alderson Broaddus University (NCAA Division II) Philippi, West Virginia
  • Dominique Bettis - Central State University (NCAA Division II) Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Ray Chambers - Troy University (NCAA Division I) Troy, Alabama
  • Darell Lampley - Eastern Michigan University (NCAA Division I) Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Alex Sullivan - Northwest Missouri State University (NCAA Division II) Maryville, Missouri