Winning becomes contagious


By Shawn Havel

The Golden Eagles won their fourth game in a row on a record-setting night, beating Northeast Community College 98-69 at the Laramie County Community College gymnasium Jan 28.

LCCC dominated Northeast from the beginning of the game, going up by 16-4 early. The Golden Eagles never looked back, and Philip Freeman set a school record with 16 assists and no turnovers, scoring 18.

Rodrigo 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.

The win puts LCCC at a 10-10 record for the season before it heads into three away games against Eastern Wyoming College, Jan. 31; Western Nebraska Community College, Feb. 2; and North Platte Community College, Feb. 10. LCCC will return home on Valentine's Day to play Air Force Prep at 7 p.m. in the LCCC gymnasium.

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

The Golden Eagles took the lead from the start of the game and began to run away with the game.LCCC went into the half with an eight-point lead and never allowed McCook back into the game, leading by as much as 17 in the second half. 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 scoring 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 4 blocks.

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