Posted at 12:40 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

Golden eagles improve 7-4

Laramie County Community College’s basketball team has now won 4 out of its last 5 games and improved to 7-4.

In most recent action, LCCC dominated Planet Athlete Academy on Nov. 30, winning 113-51. It was the first time LCCC broke 100 points in a game this season.

Coach Jason Ficca said it is nice to have freshman guard Willie Willis back and contributing after sitting out the beginning of the season with an injury.

Gavin Peppers has been the star of the season, averaging 15.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Jerry Luckett is adding 9.5 points per game.

Ficca said one of the main strengths so far this season is the ball security the team has shown. LCCC rarely turns the ball over, averaging about 11 turnovers a game, which is relatively low. Ficca also says the overall rebounding is great. The Golden Eagles have outrebounded most of its competition so far this year, with more than 32 rebounds per game.

“I still think our depth is one of our biggest strengths, too,” Ficca said. “We’re getting 12 to 13 players on the court each night.”

As for weaknesses, the Golden Eagles have mainly struggled in free-throw shooting. LCCC is averaging 61.4 percent from the free-throw line so far this season.

Additionally, the men’s field goal percentage this season is 42.9 percent, which Ficca said is mainly because of “bad shot selection.”

“Just improving our shot selections will help our field goal percentage,” he said.

The Golden Eagles played Western Nebraska Community College on Dec. 5, but the results were not available at press time.

The men beat Adams State Junior Varsity 92-76 on Nov. 24.

The Golden Eagles played well offensively with five players scoring double digits.

Peppers led LCCC in scoring with 22 points, McNair had
19, sophomore guard Iziah Sherman-Newsome added 13,
and both Michael Obindu and Naseem Hadrab scored 10.

The Golden Eagles, however, lost on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to Eastern Wyoming Community College 80-74.

The Golden Eagles shot poorly throughout that game except for a 12-0 run in
the fourth quarter. LCCC only shot 39.4 percent, missing 12 free throws.

The men also shot poorly from beyond the arc as they only made 3-of-12 shots.

McNair led LCCC with 18 points, followed by Peppers with 15 points and 9 rebounds. However, Peppers struggled shooting as he only made 4-of-17 shots; the rest of his points came from free throws.

One of the more impressive wins this season is when LCCC won the Golden Eagle Classic on Nov. 14 by beating Central Wyoming Community College 77-74.

The Golden Eagles beat Impact Academy 81-51 the night before on Nov. 13 to play the winner of Northwest Kansas Tech and Central Wyoming. CWCC barely beat Northwest Kansas Tech 74-73 to move on and play LCCC and the Golden Eagles again had four players score double digits in the game against CWCC. Peppers led the way with 15 points. Obindu had 13 points, Willis had 12 and Sherman-Newsome had 11.

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