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Red Hawks, Ocelots exchange Blowout wins

Tom O’Neill

Lake Michigan College and Schoolcraft Community College exchanged blowout wins Wednesday, the LMC women winning 75-46 and the Ocelots men winning 109-68.

            The Red Hawk ladies improved to 7-3 using the first two quarters to build a 29-point lead. “We played a great first half,” noted LMC coach Jason Cooper, adding “we didn’t come out in the second half and play aggressively.”

            The Ocelots opened the second half with a 10-0 run before Kelsee Kinder connected for a three-pointer with 5:04 left. Hailey Maas made it back to back three-pointers and the Red hawk lead was back to 25. Schoolcraft won the quarter 21-14 before the Red Hawks turned it around in the fourth, outscoring the Ocelots 20-13 for the win. Freshman Brook Becker scored eight of her 16 points in the quarter.

            Cooper said his team has been spending a lot of extra practice time working on foul shots. The Red Hawks made 27 of 29 from the charity line, Maas hitting 15 of 17, including 14 in a row. She finished with 25 points. Kinder notched six of six at the line totaling 17 points and Shannon Dingman hit three from long range, was perfect at the line, scoring 13 points.

            The Red Hawks play at Mott Community College Friday. “It’s going to be a grind,” explained Cooper. The Red Hawks have four players out with injuries including Jade Mosier who was averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds before her stress fracture. LMC starts conference play in January.

Second half play dooms LMC men

            Teams playing Schoolcraft Community College come to expect wholesale substitutions. Ocelot coach Abe Mashhour, in his 18th year, expects high energy from the five he’s got on the court at any given time. This game was no different.

            Schoolcraft had eight of their 12 players recording 16 minutes or more playing time, only four exceeding 20 minutes and none over 25. LMC hung tough until midway through the first half, down by four. With six players over six-foot six, it was 5-foot 10 Armani Tinsley lighting it up for the Ocelots. Tinsley had 19 first half points including four three-pointers.

            Freshman Gavin Rasler from Niles answered all but three for the Red Hawks, scoring 16 points, keeping LMC within striking distance at the half, 40-53.

            Schoolcraft came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Hawks 56-28, allowing Rasler just two points. LMC tried to claw back into the game attempting 15 three-pointers but only scored on three. Schoolcraft turned those misses into points and it was game over for Lake Michigan.

            Red Hawk coach Jeremy Schaffer said his team played “decent basketball” in the first half, adding “they (Schoolcraft) made some adjustments at halftime.” “It wasn’t that we were worn down. It just got to a certain point we were trying to find something,” explaining all the three-point attempts. LMC finished 5 for 22 from long range while the Ocelots were 10 of 21. Schoolcraft took 10 more shots from the field than LMC and out-rebounded the Hawks, 44-36.

            Rasler led the Red Hawks, 3-7,  with 18 points followed by Cortex Moore’s 14. Schoolcraft, 8-3, had five players in double figures led by Tinsley’s 19. The freshman guard from Detroit had no points in the second half. The Red Hawks travel to Mott Community College Friday and face the 10-2 Bears.

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