LMC sweeps Glen Oaks CC

#3 Emily Atsinger. Photo by: Randy Willis

LMC sweeps Glen Oaks CC

By Tom O’Neill

            Lake Michigan College swept a doubleheader from Glen Oaks CC, Friday, the women winning 83-38 and the men 100-92.

            “We did what we were supposed to do,” explained women’s coach Patrick Daniel. “We have to treat every game as a playoff game.”

            LMC, playing without their floor general, Raasheedah Harris, jumped out to a 21-8 first quarter lead then held the Vikings to 12 points for a 43-20 halftime lead.

            The Hawks’ leading scorer, Jade Mosier, was having difficulty finding the basket but her teammates picked up the slack. Emily Atsinger had 11 first half points, Brooke Becker 10 with Monae Palmer and Miriah Mireles grabbing eight.

            LMC’s defense became even stingier in the third quarter, holding Glen Oaks to one basket and four free throws. The Lady Hawks took a 63-26 lead into the final quarter. Mosier found her shooting eye, scoring 15 second half points and added 11 rebounds for a game double double, 18 points and 15 rebounds.  Atsinger finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Palmer hit a season high 15 points and Becker switched to defense, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds.

            “Brooke had a great game, a carryover from Wednesday. It was a complete game for her,” Daniel said. “I’m proud of her effort.” Daniel also noted Palmer’s 15 points, her first double-digit effort since an early game against Illinois Central. “She’s one of our best penetrators. Tonight she was a bit more offensive-minded.”



Late second-half effort lifts LMC men

            Glen Oaks CC did not play like a team 1-15/4-22. Loaded with freshman, and with a definite height advantage, the Vikings shot 50 percent in the first half and trailed LMC 41-40. It was Adam Dukesherer’s half court buzzer-beater than gave LMC the lead.

            The Hawks hit seven three-pointers and nine baskets, but were out-rebounded 26-20 in the first half. The Vikings had 17 baskets, eliminating LMC’s three-point shooting.

            Glen Oaks tied the game at 70 with about eight minutes remaining before Lake Michigan slowly pushed the lead to seven with 4:20 left. Gavin Rassler, Aiden Bucha-Moore and Deion Gatson pushed the lead to 10 points, 95-85, with 1:17 remaining, but the Vikings weren’t done. A basket followed by a three-pointer and the lead was five before Gatson’s bucket. Bryce Saxton then drove the nail in with a three-pointer.

            “They’re (Glen Oaks) coming together,” noted LMC Coach Jeremy Schaeffer. “They took Muskegon to overtime and beat Jackson. They have three guys 6-foot 5 or taller.” Schaeffer said in explaining the battle of the boards. The Vikings had 41 rebounds, LMC 38. From the field, Glen Oaks shot 51.4 percent and LMC 51.3 percent. “We outshot them from three-point range,” Schaeffer said. LMC was 15/34 and Glen Oaks 8/23.

            The Hawks (10-6/14-13) had six players in double figures, Rassler scoring 28. Gatson had 17 points and nine rebounds.

            Up next for Lake Michigan is Muskegon. The winner will be in sole possession of third place. The Hawks then travel to Ancilla College and face the top-ranked Chargers in the final regular season game Wednesday.