Basketball finds stride in January

The Laramie County Community College men's basketball team, as of Feb. 1, is competing with Western Nebraska Community College for the No. 1 spot in the Region IX south subdivision after winning five games straight including its most recent 70–59 win against Eastern Wyoming in Torrington Jan. 31.

The Golden Eagles had a 32–29 lead at halftime and were led offensively by sophomores Philip Freeman and Rodrigo Silva to pull away to win by 11. Freeman finished the game with 21 points, and Silva recorded a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Julian Chiera also contributed offensively with 11 points.

LCCC will play Western Nebraska to determine who will sit atop the south subdivision Feb. 2 in Scottsbluff, Neb. The Cougars are going into the game 18–3 on a six-game win streak while LCCC is only 4–8 on the road this year but has won its last three road games. Results were unavailable as of press time. Check Wingspan Online for results.

On Jan. 28, The Golden Eagles won their fourth game in a row on a record-setting night, beating Northeast Community College 98-69 at the LCCC gymnasium Philip Freeman set a school record with 16 assists and no turnovers, scoring 18.

Silva had a dominant night, scoring 23 with 12 rebounds and six blocks. Freshman center Ude Ifeanyichukwu also had six blocks and scored 10 points with seven rebounds for LCCC, and LaMel Hamberg scored 12 of his 14 points from behind the three-point arc.

On Jan. 26, the Golden Eagles defeated McCook Community College 80–71 at home.

LCCC took the lead from the start of the game and began to run away with it. McCook made a late run to get within seven points toward the end of the game.

Sophomores lead the team offensively. Point guard Freeman, power forward Silva and small forward Bruno Machado scored the bulk of the points for LCCC. Freeman and Silva each scored 19 points while Machado scored 13. Silva also led the team in rebounds with 13 and recorded four blocks.

The LCCC basketball team won back to back Jan. 20 and 21 against Trinidad State and Otero Junior College while on a weekend road trip to Colorado.

LCCC faced Otero Junior College in La Junta Jan. 21, where they edged out the Rattlers 50–49 when sophomore point guard Freeman scored with 0.2 seconds to put the Golden Eagles ahead.

Freeman continued to be one of the team's leading scorers with 13 points in the game while Silva had a second solid performance, scoring 10 for LCCC.

The Golden Eagles traveled to Lamar, Colo., beating Trinidad State 74–71. LCCC struggled in the first half, trailing by 15 at the intermission; however, they overcame the 45–30 deficit to win by three. Silva recorded 19 points and six rebounds to help propel LCCC past the Trojans.

On Jan. 14, the team lost 61–59 in a closely contested match against Northeastern Junior College.

The Golden Eagles led Northeastern 30–29 at halftime; however, LCCC was edged out by the final whistle. Freshman point guard Charles Cooks led the team in scoring with 13 points, and Freeman scored 12 while Ifeanyichukwu scored 10 with seven rebounds and eight blocks.

Earlier, the Golden Eagles defeated Lamar County Community College 83–71 at home Jan. 13. Ifeanyichukwu led the team in scoring with 19 points and dominated defensively with 10 blocks.

The future Texas Tech Red Raider Silva recorded a double-double as well, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Freeman continued to be one of the top scorers, with LCCC scoring 18 while Cooks and Chiera scored 11 and 10 respectively.

On Jan. 10, the team fell 97–82 in Colorado Springs to Air Force Prep.

At the end of first half, the Golden Eagles were trailing 23–48; however, they managed to make a run toward the end of the game, scoring 59 in the second half to get within 15 points of the Huskies at the end of the game.

Freeman and Cooks each scored 21 points for LCCC while Silva earned a double-double, scoring 12 and grabbing 14 rebounds.

LCCC started 2012 with a win against Sheridan College. The Eagles beat the Generals 62—49 at home on Jan. 7.

Although Sheridan scored the game's first points, LCCC got on the board quickly, and the game was tightly contested. Sheridan started the season 12-1, winning the first 12 games, but LCCC's strong defense forced 25 turnovers and dealt the Generals its second loss of the season.

Freeman led both teams with 21 points.

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