Men’s Basketball Prepares For Playoff Push

Jameel Morton prepares to shoot a free-throw during the Roadrunners' win against Mt. Hood on Saturday, Feb 16.

LBCC men’s Basketball finished the week with a 1-1 record, beating Mt. Hood but losing to the Clackamas Cougars. The bout with the Cougars was a close battle between two of the south divisions best teams and had to take an extra period of overtime to finish. After this week, the Roadrunners sit at 14-10 overall with an 8-5 record in the division. The Roadrunners look forward to their next match up with Lane Community College, which will mark the third-to-final game of the regular season.

The Roadrunners lost to the Clackamas Cougars 90-88 on Wed, Feb. 13 in overtime. The game saw the two southern division rivals go toe-to-toe all game, and LBCC had plenty of playmakers despite the loss. Taylor Jensen re-irritated a knee injury and will be out for the rest of the regular season which affects LBCC’s play on both sides of the ball. Despite this, players such as Riley Davis gave the offense a huge boost, scoring 20 points and adding highlights on every part of the court with an additional six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Nico Wolff used his size to his advantage, finishing with ten points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks. The Cougars were money all night, shooting 48 percent from the field.

The Roadrunners quickly got their payback against Mt. Hood, beating them 82-74. They came into Saturday’s game 7-18 overall with a 2-12 record in conference. Roadrunner Adam Harvey had himself a game, and shot with ice in his veins, going 10-16 on the night and scoring a team high 26 points, half of his shots being from beyond the arch.

After a successful tune-up, LBCC will continue the final stretch of the season against the best team in the south division; The Lane Titans. Lane sits at an overall record of 21-3, with a conference record of 10-2. The two teams last met on Jan 23, which saw the Titans edging out a close one on the road, 99-92. Lane is shooting an average 50 percent on the season, and 98 points per game. They currently hold a four-game winning streak, which saw them beating another southern division powerhouse, Umpqua. The Roadrunners will play on the road against Lane at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 20.

Story and Photos by Cam Hanson

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