Nov. 19, 2012, 4:10 p.m.

LCCC men's basketball sweeps Classic

Demonstrating two team strengths, the Laramie County Community College men’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep at the Golden Eagles Classic Nov. 16—17.

Opening the weekend Nov. 16, the Eagles showed their powerhouse defense during the first half against Garden City Community College of Kansas, allowing just 18 points in a 75—57 win. The lone threat of the night came on a Garden City 10-0 run midway through the second half that was quickly overrun minutes later.

“I don’t recall playing that well with only nine turnovers and defending that well,” head coach Jason Ficca said.

Leading the Eagles in scoring, Germain Decoste scored 18 points. Leading the team to victory, however, was Patrick Stephens, who helped the team with a whole package of 12 points and eight rebounds. Coming off the bench early on, Stephens sparked a 11-0 run, hitting back-to-back hook shots with the Eagles clinging to a 8—6 lead.

“My job is to just rebound well, go in there and give it all I got,” Stephens said.

During the second game of the classic against Western Wyoming Community College, the Eagles’ bench stepped up early after Ude Ifeanyichukwu was called for his second foul 10 minutes into the game. Playing to the team’s strength, Coach Ficca used four forwards to help balance the front side of the floor, in the 72-65 win. Surprisingly enough, it was the smaller guys who stole the show with drives down the lane during the backend of the second half, turning the momentum after giving up a 10-0 run to Western Wyoming midway through the second half.

Following a game high 21 points, LCCC’s point guard Deshion Portly said, ”I feel like whenever the team sees somebody trying to bust their tail giving that extra little bit, everyone else steps up.”

With Thanksgiving just days away, the Eagles will prepare for a trip to Western Wyoming Nov. 23-24 to take part in the Western Wyoming classic in Rock Springs.

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