LMC men win overtime thriller Women survive upset bid

Spencer Adams (#5)

Lake Michigan College made the most out of a second chance, Cotez Moore sending the game into overtime making one of two free throws with .8 seconds left.  The Red Hawks scored 16 points in overtime to defeat Jackson Community College, 89-82, for their fourth straight win Saturday afternoon.

            Neither team had more than a five-point advantage in regulation. The game came down to the last 27.5 seconds with the Jets up 71-69. Spencer Adams knocked down his third three-pointer putting Lake Michigan up 72-71 when Jackson called time out with 20 seconds left. The Red Hawks defense regained control, but Deon Gatson was falling down out of bounds. Before it happened, he got a time out with 7.4 seconds left underneath the Red Hawk basket.

            Go long or inbound underneath? Red Hawk players panned out, but the inbound pass underneath was stolen by the Jets. LMC got called for the foul with 3.7 seconds. DeVaughn Munson capitalized for Jackson, making both. The Red Hawks’ Moore had the final shot but was fouled. He missed the first shot but nailed the second. It was all the Red Hawks needed.

            Lake Michigan jumped off to a 9-0 run in overtime and the defense never let the Jets get closer than four points. The win put Lake Michigan (7-5/10-13) into a three-way tie for fourth in the Western Conference of the MCCAA.  Jackson (6-6/11-12) fell to fifth.

            Asked about the inbound pass LMC Coach Jeremy Schaffer said “the higher percentage play is in front. You have to trust your guards.” He then explained the final play in regulation. “Cortez is good at finishing in traffic.” It turned out to be the right call. Moore is a 79-percent free throw shooter. Schaffer said they had difficulty guarding the Jet’s 6-foot 4 freshman forward Michael Bruce. Bruce got underneath the Red Hawk defense for 10 points in the second half. “It definitely was a match-up problem. He’s a shifty player and we had to go zone.”

            Adams led Lake Michigan with 23 points, 19 coming in the second half plus two free throws in overtime. Jason Walters had 19 points, Gavin Rasler 16 and Bryce Saxton 13, including five points in overtime. Bruce had 16 for Jackson.

            The Red Hawks face Grand Rapids Community College (7-5/13-10) February 15, hoping to avenge their 87-72 loss on the road. Tipoff is expected at 7:30 PM.

Women stop upset-minded Jets to remain tied for second

            On paper, it should have been an easy win for the Lady Hawks. Lake Michigan was averaging 75.8 points a game and Jackson Community College 56.4 points a game. They lost to LMC 73-61 in Jackson, but this time, the Jets would not go away. The Red Hawks (10-2/18-5) made 18 of 21 free throws in the second half, escaping with a 91-81 win.

            “They (Jets) shot very well. They’re a much improved team,” noted LMC Coach Jason Cooper. “They had a good game plan. We have to do better defensively.”

            Jackson hit six three-pointers in the first half, the Red Hawk defense keeping the Jets out of the paint but the score was tied at 41. Lake Michigan went up by four in the third quarter, 59-55. The Red Hawks leading scorer, Hailey Maas, scored eight points after being limited to one three-pointer in the first half.

            The Jets mixed it up in the third quarter, hitting perimeter shots along with a few buckets underneath by 6-foot Chelsea Palmer. Palmer went to work in the fourth, scoring seven baskets underneath before fouling out with 1:54 left. It was game over for Jackson as the Red Hawks made six of seven foul shots to secure the win.

            The Lady Hawks will host Grand Rapids Community College (4-8/11-11) February 15. Tipoff is 5:30.

            Maas finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. Brook Becker and Kelsee Kinder each finished with 14 points and Hailey Madison added 10 points and six rebounds. Palmer, averaging 14.5 points, had 22 for Jackson (5-7/10-12).



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