LMC sends Glen Oaks packing
Lake Michigan College men and women scored easy victories over Glen Oaks Community College, Wednesday, at the Hawks’ Nest. The women won 101-51 and the men 102-78. The Vikings are winless in conference play, both teams 0-15.
Women in must-win situation Friday against Muskegon CC
LMC and Muskegon are tied at 12-3 in the Western Conference of the MCCAA, two games behind sixth-ranked Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The Red Hawks have lost to KVCC, Lansing and Mid-Michigan, but are 1-0 against Muskegon heading into Friday’s home game. Kalamazoo Valley’s (14-1/22-3 lone conference loss came against Lake Michigan.
A win ensures the Red Hawks a second place seed in the NJCAA District G Tournament. A loss could mean an early date with Kalamazoo Valley, provided they defeat the sixth seed. A win and LMC plays the seventh seed, then either the fifth or fourth seed before a possible rematch with KVCC.
The Red Hawks game against Glen Oaks was more like a scrimmage in preparation for Friday. LMC Coach Jason Cooper played his starters 25 minutes or less in the rout. Kelsee Kinder had 25 points, 19 coming in the first half, six in the third quarter before calling it a night. Hailey Maas, averaging 20 points a game, scored her 20 points with 13 at halftime and seven more in the third quarter.
LMC’s bench out-scored the Vikings 21-11 in the fourth quarter. Danielle Shaffer scored eight points, finishing with 10 for the game. The Red Hawks shot 55.8 percent from the field, hit 10 three-pointers and won the board battle, 55-26.
Cooper says Friday’s game against Muskegon is “very important”. “It’s coming down to us. If we communicate on the defensive end and play with intensity we should be ok.”
Before the game with Glen Oaks, the Red Hawks lost a squeaker at Lansing, 62-61 to set up the rematch with Muskegon and the battle for second seed. “We just didn’t shoot well. There were multiple turnovers late that should have put a W in the win column,” explained Cooper. “We just didn’t have our “A” game”.
Moore comes close to triple double
Missing 6-foot 6 sophomore Jason Walters along with starters Spencer Adams and Brian Harris put the Red Hawks at a height advantage against Glen Oaks. Walters was out with a dislocated finger suffered in practice while Adams and Harris were fighting the flu.
Freshman forward Cortez Moore “went out with a mission” according to his coach, Jeremy Schaffer. Moore scored 10 points in the first half, 12 in the second for 22 points, and along the way, grabbed 18 rebounds and added eight assists.
Glen Oaks stayed within striking distance most of the first half, pulling within four, 30-26 with 7:05 left. Sophomore guard Christian Oakley scored 18 first half points for the Vikings and teammate Stephon Matthews added 10 more.
Schaffer said the team made some adjustments at half, going to a trap on them to get extra space. It worked on Oakley, reducing his point total to six in the second half, but Matthews scored 22. “He hit shots with hands in his face” Schaffer said. “When someone’s hot like that, it’s hard to stop them.”
Lake Michigan (8-6/11-14) shot 55.3 percent from the floor and out-rebounded Glen Oaks, 56-32. Benton Harbor’s John Robinson came off the bench to score 16 points. Robinson played close to 27 minutes. “He was our sophomore leader,” noted Schaffer. “He challenged every jump shot.” Deion Gatson and Bryce Saxton had 13 points each while Adam Nicks and Jake Shafer each contributed 12.
The Vikings remained winless in the conference and on the season, 0-15/0-21.
Tipoff Friday against Muskegon is 5:30 PM for the women and 7:30 for the men. The Jayhawk men are sitting atop the MCCAA Western Conference at 13-2/19-5 and riding a five-game winning streak.