LMC Men erase 13-point deficit to top Mid Michigan

Bryce Saxton
Gavin Rassler

LMC Men erase 13-point deficit to top Mid Michigan

By Tom O’Neill

            Mt. Pleasant, MI. Lake Michigan College used 12 three-pointers, seven in the second half, to stage a 13-point comeback win against Mid Michigan CC, 91-83.  The Red Hawks are 2-0 in conference play, 6-7 overall.

            The host Lakers used an 11-3 run at the end of the first half to grab a 49-43 lead despite 14 points from Bryce Sexton and 13 from Gavin Rassler. Both players were just tuning up a late game run.

            Just under three minutes into the second half the Lakers had opened a 61-48 lead before LMC started their charge. Malik Hall hit a couple of buckets along with four free throws. Saxton continued his assault with three pointers including a tie-breaker with less than six minutes left, putting LMC up 77-74. Rassler finished the Lakers off, scoring seven more points to secure the win.

            LMC coach Jeremy Schaffer was impressed with the way his team battled back. “We’ve been preaching to be consistent. At the end of the day we’ll see the results.” Shaffer also said in scouting the Lakers, to win, they would have to win the boards. LMC out-rebounded Mid Michigan 42-27. Shaffer said they knew the Lakers would shoot lots of three-pointers and positioning players for the rebounds would be important.

            Saxton finished the game with 31 points. Rassler had 24. “We know he (Saxton) has the ability to shoot at a high level. He just has to be given more opportunities,” Schaffer said. Asked if the Lakers keying on Rassler helped Saxton get open looks, the second year coach explained the Hawks were doing different things. In the pre-season coaching meetings Schaffer was asked if Rassler was coming back. “That just shows the respect for him.”

            The Red Hawks play Jackson CC January 12 at home and Kellogg CC January 15.

Three-pointers, defensive lapse buries Lady Hawks

            Lake Michigan College took a 19-16 first quarter lead against the Lady Lakers but missed several rebounding opportunities. Two back to back three-pointers early in the second quarter gave Mid Michigan the lead, 26-21. The Lakers never relinquished the lead, beating LMC 81-60.

            “Defensively this was the worst we have played all season, explained LMC Coach Patrick Daniel. “You cannot do that against good teams like Mid Michigan.”

            The Lady Lakers scored five threes in the third, outscoring LMC 29-12 for a 72-50 lead. The Hawks managed 10 points in the fourth quarter, holding Mid Michigan to nine points.

            After the game, speaking to WSJM broadcaster Phil McDonald, Daniel said “I guarantee you, we won’t have another performance like this. We will be better next time.”

            Lake Michigan hadn’t played a game since the December 29 blowout win against Oakton CC.  The January 4th game against Kellogg CC was cancelled due to weather and rescheduled January 8th, but a water main break at LMC postponed the game again. Kalamazoo Valley cancelled their entire conference season including LMC’s home date of January 10.

            Jade Mosier had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six steals for LMC. Raasheedah Harris had 11 points. “Jade gave us what she could,” Daniel said. “We just needed more out of everyone. We were just out of character.”

            The Lady Hawks  (9-3) tip off at 5:30 Friday against Jackson and Monday against Kellogg CC.


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